It's The Promise Land
THE PROMISE LAND won as though he needed another furlong when beating A THOUSAND STARS and MR DOITBETTA at 1820 metres on February 27, both of whom have returned as winners since.
The bay colt won rather easy after encountering trouble down the backstretch and suffering interference in the stretch run.
Despite his troubled trip, THE PROMISE LAND won under a hand ride from apprentice Dane Dawkins, shooting past A THOUSAND STARS a half furlong out.
Dawkins had pushed the colt to the front from the start, not wanting to be carried wide at the clubhouse turn from post-position 11. Down the backstretch, THE PROMISE LAND was relegated to sixth and tried making his move along the rail approaching the last half mile.
However, he had to delay his run until three furlongs out while A THOUSAND STARS had hit the front and was seemingly cruising into the lane.
Urged by Dawkins to make up ground, THE PROMISE LAND mended rapidly to straighten second, alongside SEEKING THE DAWN, who twice took his ground along the rail.
THE PROMISE LAND eventually muscled his way through a furlong and a half out to go in chase of A THOUSAND STARS, who he swept past early inside the last half furlong.
Last raced March 28, THE PROMISE LAND finished eighth at 1400 metres, seven lengths behind WILL IN CHARGE, far from disgraced in fast splits of 23.3, 46.4 and 1:13.0 set by the speedy filly, GOLD MINER, who was caught close home.
Returning at 1820 metres, with only 51.0 kilos, THE PROMISE LAND should outstay his seven rivals, none of whom has his turn of foot.