Whilst the stable didn’t add to last years Guineas victory in the 2017 edition of the Singapore Guineas, the stable did score a winning double as well as posting a further two seconds for the day. Consistent Filly Athena went oh so close in race 3, beaten in a head bobbing finish in the maiden over 1600m.
Race 5 saw new stable edition Elite Excalibur score in most decisive style in the Class 3 over 1400m. An impressive debut winner in November last year for trainer Steven Burridge the son of Fastnet Rock was then sent to Dubai where he was raced five times. On arrival Elite Excalibur was transferred to the Brown yard who had enjoyed success with Elite Performance stable’s Elite Beast and Elite Takes All.
Having to ride him a little closer to the speed due to the track favouring on pace runners, jockey Michael Rodd had Elite Excalibur settled a little better than mid field, and by the time the field entered the straight he was behind the leading bunch and ready to pounce. Once in the the clear Elite Excalibur quickly surged to the lead and his class prevailed to win by 2 lengths. The four year old’s ultimate goal will be the Singapore Derby, with a decision on what legs of the series he will contest to be made later.
The second leg of the stable double was Mr Fatkid in race 10, a class 4 over 1800m. After an excellent 6th in the Group 2 Singapore Three Year Old Classic, it was decided to bypass the 1600m Singapore Guineas. By New Zealand sire Mettre En Jeu, it was always the opinion of the stable that the the 3 year old gelding would be even better when produced over more ground. Given a textbook ride by Rodd, Mr Fatkid was far to strong to win by a length, and looks a promising stayer of the future.
A model of consistency, Mr Fatkid has now had 7 starts for 3 wins, 1 second and 2 thirds and has earned a tick over $130,000 for Fatboy Stable.