Back to back wins in race 3 and 4 in races named after two Raffles Cup and two horse of the year winners (Debt Collector and Step It Up) that were both purchased by Cliff, made for a satisfying day on September 22nd.
Elite Incredible franked some excellent group form and some bad luck in recent racing to open his Singapore account with a comprehensive win in race 3, the Class 4 Debt Collector Stakes over 1200m. With the addition of blinkers and Michael Rodd on board, the race was never really in any doubt, and the Elite Stable owned runner has now taken his earnings to close to $230,000. Ridden a little more positively given the track favoring horses on the speed, favorite punters saw a copy book ride by Rodd keeping the leaders well in his sights and surging to the front at the top of the straight and holding the field out comfortably.
In race 4, the $75,000 Stepitup 2015 Restricted Maiden Stakes over 1200m, debutante Atlas, a NZB Karaka yearling purchase by the stable, was not well fancied and started at the odds of $188. On the back of a recent trial where he ran third, the stable were looking for the son of ill fated sire Atlante to get back and hopefully find the line. A very difficult horse to handle trackrider’s Sabri Embee and Solleh have done a great job in helping to educate the son of Atlante.
From his gate of 3, Rodd allowed Atlas to settle a little better than mid field, and seemed to have him in a nice rhythm throughout the race. On turning Rodd angled towards the middle of the track. Making steady ground, it looked like a placing may be the best result as leader Kimitonara looked to have the race in his keeping. But with the help from owners Scott Bryce, Ken Kline and Wayne Austin and a group of friends roaring their lungs out, Atlas surged in the last 200m to land the prize.
Scott Bryce has been a great supporter of the stable for the past 5 years, and has introduced a number of new owners to Singapore racing. Scott has raced and syndicated 4 horses with the stable, with 3 of them having won races. The fourth was a horse called Roger who ran 2nd and 3rd from just three starts, before unfortunately succumbing to a tendon injury. There were great scenes as Atlas and Michael Rodd returned post race. Michael was thrilled to ride another winner for the group who also race the promising Hardcore. With still some physical and mental development to come, there looks to be plenty of upside with Atlas.