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Hurrian Makes Rapid Rise to Black Type Company

19 March

The promising four-year-old Hurrian has wasted no time in getting to black type company as he prepares to step out in tonight’s S$400,000 Stewards Cup over 1600m at Kranji at just his third career start.

The son of Swiss Ace was a good winner on debut at Avondale when trained by Annabelle Johnson and was subsequently sold to Singapore. Hurrian made a perfect start to his career at Kranji when he won first up for trainer Jason Lim and owners, the Everest Racing Stable, over 1200m on the polytrack. Backing up a week later Hurrian was very brave when just nabbed over 1400m on the turf track, going down by the barest of margins to Ironclad in a very smart 1:22.76.

As one would expect in such a valuable race, Hurrian takes on a number of smart performers tonight including Top Knight, Aramaayo, Paxanimi, Siam Blue Vanda, Adipson and Chruchill and has the services of experienced jockey John Powell for the first time, while the step to 1600m will be another challenge facing Hurrian when he lines up tonight as he looks to extend his trip further.

Hurrian is out of the Elusive Quality mare Inara Belle, a winning half-sister to Champion 2YO and Group 1 winner Ruud Awakening, while the Group 2 winning mare Ruud Van Slaats - the winner of the Cal Isuzu Stakes over the 1600m - is closely related, and Harbour Dues (from the family) was a Group winner up to 2400m, so there is enough evidence to suggest Hurrian has the breeding to step out to the 1600m range.

Swiss Ace also has his very talented 3YO Mr Malek running tonight as he looks to make it four wins in succession in the S$70,000 War Affair 2015 Stakes over 1200m. Trained by Lee Freedman, Mr Malek has coasted to the line with consummate ease in his most recent victories, and while this is another step up rising to the Class 3 level, he looks a real talent and should be more than competitive as he looks to carry on his winning way.

Swiss Ace had two impressive winners during the week when the siblings Parisian and Isabella of Aragon won at Rotorua and Randwick respectively, and this weekend he has some good chances representing him with the likes of the form runners Turncoat and Augustace at Riccarton, on Sunday he has the talented Miss Labassa and Platinum Wild Card engaged at Tauherenikau, and later that day in Hong Kong the promising Good Luck Friend steps out with Zac Purton aboard for Ricky Yiu.