Five Star ready for big run


February 21, 2017
Bebeto Harvey (above) will ride FIVE STAR.

RICHARD AZAN's FIVE STAR should prove himself a general in Wednesday's sixth event for maidens after his unfortunate loss when debuting at 1200 metres two weeks ago.

The bay colt was just about pulling alongside Wayne DaCosta's 22-1 longshot, WINTER IS COMING, when he suddenly darted right, ditching apprentice Bebeto Harvey shy of the furlong pole.

FIVE STAR was all the rage, going off at odds of 4-5 on the back of glowing exercise reports, even keeping pace with stablemate MONEY MAGNET.

Azan, who normally eases his youngsters into racing, has dug into his tack room and will be fitting FIVE STAR with a tongue tie and figure eight in addition to sending the colt on his first trip to the lasix barn on Wednesday.

Having already determined his speed, Azan hasn't bothered to ask much of FIVE STAR at exercise since his mishap. His only speed gallop since was an easy 1:03.2 with MONEY MAGNET.

Facing 12 rivals, of whom only TWILIGHT STORM has shown the ability to test him, FIVE STAR's real test may very well be 1300 metres on his second start.

However, he is bred Traditional-Jadore and should just about get 1300 metres. He was travelling easy on the bridle at 1200 metres down the backstretch, got rid of TWILIGHT STAR on his outside when asked, and was nibbling at WINTER IS COMING before inexperience kicked in when his rival drifted out slightly.

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