Big Maverick On Target For Clean Sweep

Big MaverickPencarrow Stud-bred Big Maverick, pictured left, has easily won the second leg of the Singapore Three-Year-Old Challenge putting him on target to take out the "Triple Crown".

Big Maverick's second leg victory came in the S$350,000 event over 1400 metres at Kranji on Friday night and clearly showed he is the leading three-year-old racing in Singapore this year.

Winner of the first leg over 1200m when coming from a long way back at the home turn, the New Zealand-bred gelding was up with the pace this time.

He coasted home by two and a quarter lengths from The Hornet who had finished fourth in the first leg.

The third leg of the Triple Crown series is contested over 1600m.

Laxon was very impressed with Big Maverick's performance.

"He is getting stronger and stronger this horse. The mile of the last leg will suit him as I think his dam (Afjan) ran third in the 1000 Guineas (1600m) in England, said Laxon of his new superstar.

"He's right on target for the third leg," said Laxon.

Big Maverick has now chalked up more than S$640,000 in prize-money. He has won six of his 11 race-day starts to date.

Bred by Peter and Philip Vela, Big Maverick was bought as a yearling from the Karaka Premier Sale by Laurie Laxon for NZ$87,500 and is now raced by Champagne Stables.

Ajfan's yearling colt by Tiger Hill was purchased at this year's Karaka Sale by Hong Kong's Magus Equine for NZ$135,000.

Ajfan is currently in foal to Cambridge Stud newcomer, Lucky Unicorn.