Fit-again Rocket Man ready for Kingdom

PUBLISHED : Monday, 08 February, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 08 February, 2010, 12:00am

Singapore speedster Rocket Man yesterday confirmed he has overcome his injury worries and is on course for a possible meeting with Sacred Kingdom in the Group One KrisFlyer International Sprint in May.

Rocket Man made a triumphant return in the Kranji Stakes A over 1,200m to score by 41/2 lengths over Switchblade.

Rocket Man was sidelined in June with a condylar fracture of the off-side cannon bone, which was subsequently operated on and had screws inserted.

'Everything felt really good with Rocket Man, his action felt fine and he really let down to the line when I asked him,' jockey Robbie Fradd said. 'I'm really looking forward to having a rematch with Brett Prebble and Sacred Kingdom in the KrisFlyer, I've told Brett he won't beat me again.'

Trainer Patrick Shaw said he would wait and see how Rocket Man comes through the race before deciding on the next step. He is being aimed at the Group One US$2 million Golden Shaheen (1,200m) at Meydan Racecourse on March 27.

After the Golden Shaheen, Rocket Man will return to Singapore for the KrisFlyer International Sprint over 1,200m on May 16 and a possible rematch with the Ricky Yiu Poon-fai-trained Sacred Kingdom.

Shaw praised the work of the veterinary surgeons at the Singapore Turf Club in getting his superstar back to the races. Rocket Man, by Viscount from the Mr McGinty mare Macrosa, has now won eight of his nine starts for owner Alfreddo Crabbia, with his only defeat coming at the hands of Sacred Kingdom in last year's KrisFlyer Sprint.