Real Efecto outslogs rivals at first 2000m test

Real Efecto proved his staying chops with a hard-fought win in the $70,000 Kranji Stakes C race over 2000m on Saturday.

The four-year-old son of Real Impact, who was going over the one and a quarter mile for the first time, probably won the race from the halfway mark when jockey Danny Beasley got on his bike early with a bold mid-race move three wide.

Seeing that the Ricardo Le Grange duo of Senor Don (Oscar Chavez) and Leatherhead (Simon Kok Wei Hoong) had seized full control of the race with a muddling tempo upfront, the Australian rider must have thought it would be at his horse’s major disservice if he just sat there and smoked his pipe.

Real Efecto (Danny Beasley) pushes on gamely to claim the Kranji Stakes C race, picture Singapore Turf Club

From fifth place, Real Efecto ($15) quickly improved with Beasley only slipping some rein, only to stop short of wresting the lead from Senor Don, happy to camp off his flank before really serving it up to Le Grange’s noted frontrunner before the home turn.

The last 400m of the slugfest would turn into a case of who would outstay the rest. After bullocking his way to the front, Real Efecto prevailed with his superior stamina, earning the thicker end of the prizemoney by three-quarter length from Senor Don.

Incidentally, he follows into the footsteps of Special Ops as the second of the two Singapore Gold Cup emergency acceptors to win in their respective ‘consolation’ contests. Just like Real Efecto, the Jason Ong-trained Special Ops (who was the first standby starter) couldn’t get a berth in the Group 1 handicap event won by Lim’s Lightning on Sunday, but made up for it with a win in the next race, a more modest Class 3 race over 1400m.

Japanese-bred Wind Trail (Marc Lerner) had every chance but had to settle for third place another half-length away. The winning time was 2min 5.02secs for the 2000m on the Short Course.

Winning trainer David Kok, who also owns shares in Real Efecto, praised Beasley for his preemptive strike.

“The plan was actually to go to the front, but he jumped slowly,” said the Singaporean handler.

“When Danny saw that the pace was slow in the backstraight, he decided to make an early move. Credit to the jockey, he won the race for us.”

Kok wished he could have pushed the envelope further, but said the fixtures would not give him that opportunity.

“We don’t have 2,200m races anymore. I’m sure he would be even better over more ground,” he said.

“He stays all day. He’s actually a horse I bought from the Inglis Yearlings sale with the Gold Cup in mind.

“I’ve always wanted to buy a Real Impact as he’s by Deep Impact and I wanted a horse who could stay. I paid $47,500 for him.

“I’ve won the Singapore Derby and Patron’s Bowl with Well Done (both in 2016) and the Kranji Mile (2013) with Cash Luck, but not the Gold Cup. It’s a race I really want to win.

“He couldn’t make it for this year, but that’s okay. He’s only four and there’s always next year.”

With four wins (1600m to 2000m) and five placings from 13 starts, Real Efecto has more than recouped his bargain price with more than $175,000 banked in so far.

On his exotic name, Kok let in that the Spanish-sounding moniker was given by one of the partners.

“One of the owners used to have Italian Job, now he and his partners own Real Efecto and Dimesso (Italian for resigned),” said Kok.

“He named Real Efecto (Spanish for effect), he likes all things Italian or Spanish.”

Kok had been hoping for a training double with four-in-a-row bidder Happy Moment (John Sundradas) two races earlier in the Class 4 Division 2 race over 1100m, but he rued the wide alley for the fourth place to $114 longshot Hotshots Slam (Krisna Thangamani).

“He lost no marks, but he was too wide, and the big weight also didn’t help him, but he still ran well,” he said.