The much anticipated final leg of the two year series in Singapore, the $250,000 Group 2 Aushorse Golden Horseshoe (1200m) was held on Friday July 19th. One of the few feature races to elude the stable, hopes of winning the 2019 edition were somewhat dampened when the stables sole representative Inferno drew barrier 17.
An impressive debut winner in the fourth leg, the Magic Millions 2YOs In Training Sale Stakes (1200m) 12 days prior, the Barree Stable owned son of Holy Roman Emperor not only had to contend with the wide draw but 15 juvenile rivals five of which were last start winners.
From barrier rise Michael Rodd sat midfield three to four deep as the speed inside him didn’t give him the option of getting Inferno anywhere near the fence. Although trapped wide Inferno was traveling beautifully and had got into a nice rhythm at the same time avoiding any trouble. Beer Garden made the running at a nice tempo, while Hotshots Slam who actually started favourite, was right on the speed.
Entering the straight, Rodd had Inferno poised to make his bid, and when asked for his effort he exploded with such a turn of foot, that Rodd had the leaders covered and hit the front nearly 250m from home. Those of us in the stands thought he had hit the front to early, but after a short battle with Hotshot Slam Inferno was just far to superior and actually was drawing away again on the line to win by 2 lengths from Rocket Star who made ground late but was never a winning chance. The other favored runner undefeated at his first two runs, Big Hearted bungled the start, running well for fifth but there really was no excuses for any runner, as Inferno himself was posted wide the whole way.
Barree Stable managing owner Glenn Whittenbury was on track to enjoy the win. Glenn of course is best known for owning stable and Singapore star Debt Collector, who left Singapore in June returning to Australia. Whilst comparisons are somewhat premature, Inferno does seem to have a turn of foot reminiscent of the mighty DC, and Mr Whittenbury will no doubt be seen in Singapore in the future to see his horses run, with the headline act at this stage being Inferno.
Glenn was joined by friends Paul Robbins, Dennis Cornwell and Tony Davies in the winners enclosure post race. Dennis and Tony were in great spirits as earlier in the evening their 2 year old debutante Bluestone was a most impressive winner of the restricted maiden over 1100m.
The Group 2 win was the stable’s fifth feature race win of the year, along with placings in the Singapore Guineas (Elite Incredible 2nd), The Lion City Cup (Mister Yeoh 3rd) as well as 4th’s in the Kranji Mile (Debt Collector) and the Derby (What’s New). The stable continues to be at forefront in Singapore’s feature races, and Inferno with a Group 2 win at just his second start, looks set to play a major role in major races in the future.
Inferno clocked 1min 10.76secs for the 1200m on the Short Course. By Holy Roman Emperor, he should also enjoy longer distances as he matures. He may next be seen in November with the Group 3 Saas Fee Stakes now a three year old event.