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Consistent Mr Big Has Big Shot In Al Quoz Sprint

Freedman’s Star Shaping Up To Rival Shea Shea

Much expectation surrounded Singapore’s finest hour as an international racing force at the Dubai World Cup meeting two years ago when Rocket Man won the Dubai Golden Shaheen at his leisure.

A less reported fact that evening surrounded the brilliant run by another envoy from the Lion City, Better Be The One, who ran half a length third to JJ The Jet Plane in the Al Quoz Sprint.

Michael Freedman, trainer of Better Be The One, vowed he would return to Meydan if he could find the right horse to match or even improve on that achievement and he is quietly confident he has the goods this year in the form of Mr Big.

“I’d definitely put Mr Big in the same category. He’s amazingly consistent – 19 starts and never out of the first three. His preparation has been great. We’ve reasons to feel optimistic.”

Mr Big has drawn the stands’ rail in the Al Quoz Sprint, sponsored by Emirates NBD, a position that is deemed favourable by regular watchers of sprints down the 1000m chute and will he sport blinkers for the first time in an over a year in a bid to maintain focus in an assignment the son of Elusive Quality will be unaccustomed to.

“That’s our only query with him. He’s never been down a straight 1,000m on turf before but he has a high cruising speed and I’d expect him to be fairly handy as the race unfolds. Because the surroundings are unfamiliar and the grandstand is so big, I don’t want him stargazing when it matters most, so the shades will be back on.”

Freedman has called upon the services of top Hong Kong-based jockey Zac Purton to ride because “there wouldn’t be many better jockeys in the world at the moment.”

“I know Zac pretty well from back home Australia and he’s been in unbelievable form in Hong Kong this season,” the trainer added.

“I was also impressed with how he won on Little Bridge in a straight five furlong dash at Royal Ascot last year so he seems a natural fit for our horse.”

With much of the focus on race favourite Shea Shea, Mr Big will fly under the radar, but the vibes are that he’s set to run to his very best.

“Whether that’s good enough to win we shall see, because it’s a very good field but I’m as happy with him as I was with my other horse a couple of years ago. We’re fairly hopeful.”