Hong Kong rider sought for Super Easy

Trainer says his unbeaten Singapore star will need the run before taking on the internationals

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 31 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 31 October, 2012, 3:49am

Trainer Michael Freedman will find a Hong Kong-based jockey to ride rising Singaporean star Super Easy when the colt is given a crucial test around a right-hand bend in the Jockey Club Sprint in just under three weeks.

Joao Moreira rode Super Easy in his first 12 starts in Singapore, all wins - but all around Kranji's anti-clockwise circuit - and when the horse was runner-up last start in the Kranji Mile.

A jockey challenge engagement in South Africa means Moreira will miss the international day lead-up at Sha Tin, which Freedman said would provide an ideal education, and a much-needed run, for his four-year-old.

"It is through no fault of Joao that he is unable to make the trip. He had already made that commitment, but I thought, if we we are going to have a decent crack at the main race in December, then it would be a worthwhile exercise for the horse to have a run in the trial three weeks before," Freedman said.

"He hasn't raced that way of going since he was a two-year-old in New Zealand, and by the time the Jockey Club Sprint comes around, he won't have raced for nearly six weeks."

Freedman is the younger brother of Australian Hall of Fame trainer Lee, and travelled with five-time Group One winner Miss Andretti when she contested the 2007 Hong Kong Sprint.

He will have bad memories of Miss Andretti's performance in that race, as she failed to handle racing right-handed and hung badly, finishing well back in 10th behind Sacred Kingdom.

Super Easy has won from 1,000m up to a mile - at which he notched his lone Group One win in the Singapore Guineas, the top-level success meaning he will carry equal top weight of 128-pounds in the set weights and penalties event.

Freedman has entered his horse in both the sprint and mile on international day, but said he probably would contest the shorter event on December 9, where he could face countryman Rocket Man - who dead-heated with One World in the 2010 Jockey Club Sprint before running a narrow second in the main event.

"He gets the mile, but I don't think he will be quite as brilliant as he is over the shorter distances," Freedman said. "I think his pedigree and his best performances suggest that he is not as effective over 1,400m or a mile."