All Too Hard gelding Hardcore opened his Singapore account with a resounding 4 and half length win in the Restricted Maiden over 1600m on Sunday 29th March, his 4th race start. Given plenty of time to mature, Hardcore has shown steady improvement in his time in Singapore, with only one glitch in his upward signs of improvement.
The improving three year old gelding was sent out as favorite at his previous start over 1400m, and with the addition of blinkers it was decided to ride him close to the pace. This didn’t work as he worked to hard early and faded in the last 200m. The blinkers were taken off for the 1600m event, and Jockey Michael Rodd was instructed to ride him more quietly.
Settling mid field Hardcore traveled nicely until the straight where Rodd asked him for his effort. He quickly rounded up the leaders and was left in front when the leader hung out badly. Any thoughts of the leader being unlucky were quickly dispelled as Hardcore gapped the rest of the field, and actually was eased down on the line to win in great style.
Hardcore is owned by people scattered far and wide with Australian Nic Conidi and a group headed by stable client Scott Bryce. Hardcore races in Scott’s colours which have also been prominent this year with Copacabana carrying them to victory.
With primarily polytrack racing in April, Hardcore will next be seen in early May, and on the strength of his maiden win, it shouldn’t be take long to chalk up win number 2.