Strong finish not enough for Who Dat Singa

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The Alan Mathews-trained Who Dat Singa and jockey Patrick Carbery return to scale after the Lex Piper Stakes (1600m). Picture: Anita McInnes

DESPITE finishing strongly for jockey Patrick Carbery in the Lex Piper Stakes (1600m) Who Dat Singa could not chase down Heart Starter at Ascot on Saturday, March 5.
Who Dat Singa, trained by Alan Mathews of Muchea, got off to a good start.
At about 1000m Who Dat Singa was travelling third with Kia Ora Koutou in fourth place.
On the inside Heart Starter had found his way to the front and was half a length in front of Big Red Costa ridden by jockey Shaun O’Donnell of Bullsbrook.
Who Dat Singa was about one and a half lengths further back as Kia Ora Koutou moved up to third.
At 500m Heat Starter was leading Big Red Costa by half a length while further back Who Dat Singa was on the inside and travelling well.
When they reached 300m Big Red Costa unsuccessfully took Heart Starter on.
Fifty metres on Heart Starter led the way while Who Dat Singa moved around behind Big Red Costa in an effort to catch up with Heart Starter.
From about 100m Who Dat Singa continued to finish strongly but it was Heart Starters’ day.