The familiar blue and white diamond silks of Joshua Tan’s Jubilant Racing were back in the winners stall on Friday 18th, this time with debutant winner Flying Tourbillion.
After racing smart sorts like Tannhauser and Chopin’s Fantaisie, the local ownership outfit have had few runners in recent seasons in Singapore, and Flying Torbillion is the first horse sent by Jubilant Racing to be trained by Cliff.
Flying Tourbillon was making his debut in the $20,000 Open Maiden race over 1200m. The flashy chestnut certainly made his presence felt in a big way on raceday when he came from a midfield rails-hugging spot (courtesy of a low draw in barrier No 2) to produce his winning burst at the 300m.
Weaving his way around runners, Flying Tourbillon quickly rounded out his rivals on his way to a thumping 2 ¾-length win from Lim’s Torpedo (Tengku Rehaizat) with another debutant Clergyman (Joseph Azzopardi) third another head away. The winning time was 1min 10.28secs for the 1200m on the Long Course.
“It’s Joshua’s first horse with us. It’s great to get a win for him with our first runner together,” said Cliff.
“He’s a nice horse and is also the easiest horse to train. He’s faultless and I hope he keeps going.
“Sure, he’s a little big, but to me, he looked a winner when he was paraded around tonight.”
Rodd said that Flying Tourbillon had been rather plain in both his work and general demeanour at home, but one last gallop this week did give him a sneak peek of the engine under the bonnet.
“I didn’t expect such a run. He was a surprise packet,” said the Australian jockey.
“He’s a quiet and unassuming horse, a bit of a roly poly, fat horse. In his trials, he didn’t like the Polytrack, but he goes well on turf, and at his last gallop, I thought there was something there when I gave him a squeeze.
“Tonight, he just flew home. He got there a bit early, but he pinned his ears and kept going.
“We’ll go and digest that run. The race was set up for him, the field was a question mark.
“I think he can go on to Class 3 level and we’ll see what he’s got then. It’s great for Josh, I’ve ridden in his colours a few times and he’s a great guy to deal with.”