Whilst a record of 1 win from 22 starts (including 2 seconds and 2 thirds) in Singapore perhaps isn’t a glowing resume, a closer look at the form of Sunday’s Class 3 winner (and now class record holder) Tales of Summer actually paints a picture of a very consistent horse. In fact, prior to Tales Of Summer’s stunning victory in Race 7 on Sunday 11th, in only 4 out of 22 starts had he finished worse than 6th.
Sent to race in Singapore from Western Australia by owner Mark Chadwick, Tales of Summer was a winner of 4 races in Perth, and paid the penalty of this when given an opening class 3 rating of 67 before continuing his racing career in Singapore. This rating combined with taking a little longer to acclimatize than a lot of other horses, didn’t see the handsome chestnut show glimpses of his Perth form until late 2016.
Resuming after a short let up, Tales Of Summer was the rank outsider in race 7 the Class 3 over 1200m as he again found himself in class 3 company courtesy of the Singapore Turf Club’s initiative to raise all horse 5 rating points at the start of the season. Unperturbed by this was stable apprentice K Nuh who knows Tales of Summer back to front having ridden him in many gallops and trials. Given the simple instructions to go out and enjoy himself, Roy as he is known did exactly that.
A brilliant beginning saw Tales Of Summer hit the ground running and quickly stride to the lead. Slapped down the shoulder at the top of the straight the son of Tale Of The Cat kicked clear and it was catch me if you can, as his higher rated opponents tried to eat into his lead. But K Nuh had timed it to perfection, and running strongly to the line Tales Of Summer had a length to spare over Lim’s Dashing and the heavily backed and highly touted Paprazzi.
A clearly elated Nuh gave a huge wave of the whip as he posted his second victory as a jockey leaving the likes of champion riders Rodd, Duric and Boss to eat his dust. With his second win Tales Of Summer has now taken his earnings to a tick over $112,000. Further sizzling displays should again see both horse and rider in the winners circle again.