Lee Freedman’s promising sprinter Jomo franked his brilliant barrier trial form with an outstanding debut win in Singapore on Friday night.
The son of Vinery sire All Too Hard made light work of his rivals after cutting across from an outside gate. Let down by Danny Moor at the top of the straight, he showed a superior turn of foot to score by more than four lengths over 1100 metres.
“You never really know how they will go first-up although he had trialled well,” Freedman said. “He sure has a lot of ability and got the job done in good style. I’m very happy with that win.”
He’s the second All Too Hard newcomer to score at Kranji this month following Man Of Mystery who shared a dead-heat decision with Prince Alexander (NZ) last Friday. A recent import with Mark Walker, he won in Australia for Mike Moroney when racing as Blackwolf Run.
Jomo (4g All Too Hard – Skye Gold by Galileo) cost $100,000 from the Vinery draft at the 2016 Inglis Melbourne Premier. His dam’s half-sister Bardego (Barathea) won a G3 Blue Diamond Preview and she foaled Volpe Veloce (G1 NZ Railway Stakes) and Delago Bolt (LR Black Opal).
Before arriving in Singapore, Jomo was an ultra-impressive Kembla Grange trial winner for Bjorn Baker. He’s owned by Andrew Chan who also races Blizzard (Starcraft), a Group 3 Hong Kong winner ready to make his Singapore debut for Freedman. “Jomo is a big horse with a good conformation,” Chan said. “I’ve always liked All Too Hard and I’ve got a few of them in Hong Kong.”
Moor dismounted and said he was always confident the race was in his keeping. “He’s got good tactical speed and when I let down, it felt like he wasn’t out of second gear. Even though he’s a big lad, he’s a real balanced horse and knows what he is doing. I’m not sure what distance he will go up to, but he is very fast.”
All Too Hard had Domination back in the frame earlier on Friday at the Murray Bridge Cup meeting. A well-backed $1.75 favourite, he dashed away in the home straight to take out the CGU Hcp (900m). “He likes to have his races spaced,” assistant-trainer Calvin McEvoy reported. “He needs a month between runs and we keep him fresh on the treadmill.”
The McEvoy stable also has All Too Hard’s 3yo brother to Jomo. He’s an unraced colt named Blow Torch and was a $200,000 buy out of Vinery’s consignment to the 2017 Inglis Melbourne Premier.