Friday the 19th of October proved a very successful night for the stable, with three runners yielding 2 wins and a third. The two winners were both grey’s with Miss Dusty bouncing back to her best form and the highly promising Zac Kasa returning to the winners stall.
The first leg of the double saw the Greg Perry bred and owned Miss Dusty return to top form with an effortless win in the class 4 over 1100m on the poly track. The wide draw of 9 in the field proved no concern with Michael Rodd having the daughter of Reliable Man quickly out of the gates and up sitting outside the leader. On straightening she quickly got the upper hand over Soldado, and shot away to win softly by nearly 3 lengths.
The win continued the great breeding record of Greg’s mare Asciano Miss, who’s progeny have all raced in Singapore. Golden Sword has won 5 races and over $230,000, Nova Swiss 6 races and a tick under $380,000 and now Miss Dusty with her second win and two second place finishes in just 5 starts has won over $110,000. Sadly Asciano Miss passed away, but she may have left the best to last with Miss Dusty sure to add to her already impressive record.
The second winner was Zac Kasa who reminded all at Kranji of his huge potential in winning the Kranji B over 1200m. The pre-race hype was with the favorite Bold Thruster a very impressive winner of his only 3 starts all by big margins. With a feather weight of 50kg’s and Zac Kasa carrying 55kg, the “experts” and tipsters shied away from the Brown/Rodd combination and the imposing grey beast. However, both trainer and jockey were very confident that Zac Kasa would return to his best.
The doubters were made to eat humble pie, as Zac Kasa settled beautifully for Rodd just off the speed and stalked Bold Thruster through out the early stages of the race. Entering the straight Rodd confidently gave Zac Kasa a squeeze and he began to issue his challenge, eye balling the new “boom” horse in Singapore form the 300m mark. What looked likely to be quite an epic battle over the last 250m of the race, didn’t eventuate with Zac Kasa proving way to strong, even with a 5kg difference in the weights. Zac won by nearly a length and was drawing away on the line.
The win didn’t surprise any involved with Zac Kasa least of all Cliff and Michael Rodd. Race goers should of remembered that the usually reserved Cliff did say after Zac Kasa’s first victory that he may well be the best horse he has had in Singapore.
Special mention must be made of the dedication of B Trainer Tim Fitzsimmons, who has along with Sabri his work rider and with the help of starters John Pepe and Damian Kinnimont, worked tirelessly and professionally with Zac Kasa who was basically a barrier rogue early on in Singapore. Tim and Sabri have looked after Zac Kasa at the barriers for every one of his races and one cannot underestimate their contribution in the continuation of Zac Kasa’s improvement as a racehorse.
The Zac owned gelding has now had 3 wins, 3 seconds and a third from 9 career starts and $380,000 in prize money. Purchased by Cliff from the Newhaven Park draft at the 2016 Sydney Easter Yearling Sales, Zac Kasa looks to have a huge future in Singapore given his improving race and barrier manners. The fact he is by Victoria Derby winner Reset, one would suggest he should appreciate further ground. He will next step up to 1400m in The Group 2 $500,000 EW Barker trophy on November 9th and will look to give the stable a second win in the race after What Now (now Switzerland resident) saluted in 2012.