Racegoers witnessed one of the best two horse wars of the season, when stablemates Mister Yeoh and Zac Kasa cleared out to make it a two horse race in the $500,000 Group 2 E W Barker Trophy on Friday evening, 9th of November. Both handicapped on the minimum 50kg for the time honored event, punters felt the Cliff Brown pair would be the two to beat, and they were spot on with the pair trading favoritism until barrier rise with Zac Kasa starting marginally in front of Mister Yeoh at $15.
From barrier rise Zac Kasa took up his customary position leading, with Dance In The Wind also up there, and Mister Yeoh with Australian Apprentice Ben Thompson riding, stalking the pair. Rounding the turn, Dance In The Wind found the going to tough and Mister Yeoh loomed up to Zac Kasa and the pair put a big break between themselves and the rest of the field. Over the last 300m in was a two horse war, with the stablemates going head to head, before Mister Yeoh got the upper hand in the last 50m.
It was Melbourne Apprentice Ben Thompson’s first Group race win, and his professionalism and willingness to follow instructions shows that he will be a force in racing in the coming years. He was accompanied in Singapore by his father Jason, who thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Zac Kasa lost no admirers in defeat, and remains one of the best 1200-1400m horses in Singapore as his Group 1 second in the Lion City Cup can attest.
At the end of the day it was a superb effort from both stable runners, with the 1.5kg advantage to Mister Yeoh probably the deciding factor in the end. The win in the $500,000 Group 2 feature again capped a great run for the stable in the feature races in Singapore. Two Group 1, two Group 2 and two Group 3 victories as well as multiple placing in other Group races for season 2018 is a great result, and with a host of promising horses in the stable, the feature races in 2019 will again be in the stable’s sights.
It was the second win for Cliff in the EW Barker Trophy with a stable favorite What Now successful in the 2012 edition under the guidance of Joao Moriera. Nick Turnball took time out of his hectic schedule to stop over in Singapore to watch the race live. Mr Turnball witnessed and made mention of another training masterclass from Cliff, and commented that he had never seen a horse glowing so much in the mounting yard.
Mister Yeoh, bred by Nick Turnball out of his mare Wai Lin, herself a daughter of Nick’s Group 1 winning filly Miss Pennymoney recorded his 4th win from just 8 starts and his second group race win in Singapore. He has now won over $671,000 in stake money and is clearly among the best 4 year old’s in Singapore.