Lucky 13th meets performance benchmark

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 02 May, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 02 May, 2010, 12:00am

The winners have come for David Ferraris this season like pulling teeth out, but Fleet Command finally got all the circumstances he needed in the final race yesterday to give the trainer his 13th victory of the term. That satisfied the Jockey Club's performance benchmark for the season but Fleet Command (Eddie Lai Wai-ming) also repaid Ferraris' faith in a horse he might have expected more of this term. Fleet Command has been his own worst enemy at times with overracing, and Ferraris said he had wrestled with whether 1,400m - where he had won earlier in the season - or yesterday's 1,600m provided the right tempo to settle the gelding. 'In the end, it comes down to the pace of the race - when it's too slow, he gets pulling and the riders have to come out wide on the track to stop him getting on heels and that hurts his chances too,' Ferraris said. 'The pace today was smooth and even and he was able to relax and give his best even with the big weight.'