Despacito made a one act affair of the final race on Sunday 19th by taking out the class 4 over 1200m. The stable was very confident given his excellent lead up work, and the fact that he was in a most suitable race. Whilst not having won for a while Despacito had been mixing his form, but also given his racing pattern had not had the best of luck in quite a few of his recent races.
Ridden by Michael Rodd, Despacito settled back in his customary position at the rear of the field. Rounding the bend Rodd had the son of Falkirk traveling sweetly as he circled the field and it was obvious from the top of the straight that Despacito had them covered. Despacito won by a length on the line to the delight of favorite backers who obviously had done their form.
A horse blessed with plenty of ability, Despacito who originally raced as Draco under the Olympian Stable banner has taken his record to 5 wins, 5 seconds from 24 starts and stake money of $267,000 in his Singapore racing career.
On hand at the track to enjoy the victory was long time stable client and friend Peter Lee who enjoyed the win with a number of friends. Among the horses Peter has raced with the stable was Laughing Gravy who won the the Group 1 Queen Elizebeth 11 Cup in 2016 and ran second in the same race the following year.
Despacito made it a double for the weekend, as the highly promising 4 year old Gold Strike won the last on Friday night. Drawing badly, a well devised and executed plan had Michael Rodd drop Gold Strike back early in the race and and have the last crack at them in the straight. Making up some 12 lengths on the long course, the Gold Stable owned son of Ifraaj steamed home over the top of the well fancied Trapio to notch his 4th win from only 10 starts.