Taking the lead from the get-go, Tiger Warrior ($32) had things his way until Sir Fleetwood (Saimee Jumaat) made a mid-race move on the outside in an attempt to wrest the lead.
Boss did not give in, though, and the pair matched motors up to the top of the straight when Tiger Warrior shook off his challenger with relative ease. Sir Fleetwood weakened right out of it while the well-backed West Two (John Powell) seemed unable to quicken in the driving rain.
Tiger Warrior, a three-year-old son of former handy Hong Kong galloper Hidden Dragon, kept racing away without tiring to score by 1 ½ lengths from Princess Eunice who gave new apprentice T Rehaizat his first placing at only his second ride.
American Tycoon (Soo Khoon Beng) made late ground to run third another neck away. The winning time was 1min 12.66secs.
Burridge was glad Boss, whom he has engaged many times in previous similar big-race bookings, had been able to ride a winner, but also relieved to get a winner following a quiet spell.
“Things have been a bit quiet for us for a while,” said Burridge, who is however all but assured of a first title as he is panels ahead on 85 winners, 25 clear of reigning champion Laurie Laxon.
“I should have won the big race (EW Barker Trophy) last week. Drovetti got held up for about 300m in the home straight and still flashed home for third, less than a length behind the winner (Any Humour).
“I was quietly confident about this one (Tiger Warrior). He trialled well with the blinkers but it is always hard to know how they will come on in their races.
“It’s great for Glen as he’s come a long way to ride for us. The owners have been very supportive and didn’t hesitate to put him on some of their horses.
“This owner (of Tiger Warrior), Mr KL Chua, also owns Happy Everybody, and has always been very supportive of our stable. It’s nice to get a winner for him.”
Burridge’s son, Magic Millions’ Asian representative Wade was again the one who got the credit for unearthing this one.
“Wade found this one at the Ready-To-Run. He cost only $8000 as a two-year-old and it goes to show you don’t need to pay a lot to get a good one,” said Burridge.
Boss said Tiger Warrior was always travelling like a winner despite the pesky presence of Sir Fleetwood on his outside.
“I was never worried when the other horse came up on my outside,” said Boss.
“He just kicked away in the home straight. He will be even better over seven furlongs to a mile.”
Burridge later rang up a winning double when Hint (Danny Beasley) scored an easy two-length win in the $55,000 Class 4 Charity Stakes over 2200m.
The Arexevan Stable-owned galloper has been around the mark in the staying races without really threatening since his last success in a 1800m race on September 26, but put the race away in nice style after settling at the rear.
Hint paid a win dividend of $32 and ran the 2200m in 2min 17.79secs. The Reset five-year-old has now registered three wins and one placing from 18 starts for stakes money in excess of $110,000.
Story by Michael Lee