One of the stable favorites, 7 year old Splice produced another excellent performance to win his 7th race in Singapore and take his career earnings to a tick over $320,000 when saluting in the Class 4 over 1400m on Friday evening. Whilst no super star, Splice’s consistency is remarkable for a 7 year old, with him hardly ever running a bad race. With 9 minor placings and 10 fourth’s to go with his 7 wins, he again is a superb advertisement for Singapore racing and the prize money on offer here.
Regular rider Michael Rodd knows Splice as well as any jockey knows a horse, and this knowledge again proved vital in his victory. Splice always travels kindly in his races, but he has only a short sharp sprint which can be devastating when produced at the right time. After an excellent 3rd at his last start Rodd allowed Splice to settle midfield from his barrier 3 on Friday evening, and nursed him up the straight before easing him to the outside with about 200m to the finish.
First pocketing Duric aboard Mr Crowe, Rodd then gave Splice full throttle at the 200m and he wore down the heavily backed favorite and promising Noble Liaison with 50m to go. The margin of .2 of a length would of been greater as under fierce pressure from the mighty Splice, Noble Liaison rolled out over the last 100m and took Splice with him. Simply a 10 out 0f 10 ride by Rodd on Splice, a very capable, consistent and tough racehorse. We love you Splicey!!
Splice is not only much loved by stable staff, but also holds a soft spot for jockey Michael Rodd, being among Michael’s first few winners when first arriving in Singapore. Splice was bred by Cliff’s father, Don a very astute breeder who quickly booked mare Tahitian Gem to Dubawi when he was available in Australia. Now one of the world’s greatest and most sought after stallions, that foresight has certainly paid dividends with Splice now a 7 time winner in Singapore.