Graham Mackie owned Gilt Complex continued his rise in Singapore’s staying ranks with his 3rd win in a row, taking out the Kranji C Stakes over 1700m on Sunday the 5th. Partnered by Michael Rodd, Gilt Complex had to carry 59.5kg and was having only his second start on the poly track. Allowed to settle in fifth, and angled out in the straight by Rodd, He showed tremendous fight and class to win drawing away by close to a length.
A close up 3rd in the Group 3 El Dorado Classic behind eventual Gold Cup winner Bahana October 30th 2016, left the stable with a feeling of what might gave been, as Gilt Complex’s supposed lead up run of 2000m prior to the El Dorado Classic was scrapped and he went into the race having to jump form 1600m to 2200m.
Beaten less than a length, Gilt Complex then had a rating on the limit for a start in the Gold Cup, but the handicapper used his discretion and he didn’t make the field.
Gilt Complex then won on Gold Cup day over the Gold Cup distance of 2200m in a Kranji Stakes C, with a bemused jockey Corey Brown commenting that he would of been a strong contender in the Gold Cup field with a light weight.
Spelled after this run, Gilt Complex has returned a stronger more seasoned horse, again highlighting Cliff’s ability and patience to have horses keep improving from one campaign to the next. With his second win of 2017 Gilt Complex is now a winner of 6 starts with 5 placings from 18 starts and has earned over $310,000.