Promising 3 year old Inferno enhanced his reputation as one of the better 3 year old’s in Singapore with a strong first up victory in the class 4 over 1200m on Sunday 20th. The Golden Horseshoe winner had not been seen at the races since his emphatic victory in the two year old final on July 17th where he demolished the best two year old’s in Singapore.
Without being fully wound up and up 18kg from his last run, the stable was guarded, yet very confident that Inferno would race well, with the knowledge that he had matured a lot physically and there would plenty of improvement to come after this first up run.
Michael Rodd again partnered Inferno and had to contend with a sticky barrier of 10 in the field of which included the last start winner Celavi and the promising Big Hearted. Jumping with the field, Rodd allowed Inferno to settle into a nice rhythm before improving his position form about the 700m. With Silence Force on his outside trying to box him, but only providing nuisance value, the imposing bay was on the move four wide prior to the turn.
With Inferno balanced up Rodd started to stoke him up from the top of the straight and he quickly had reeled in the leading division. With a trait reminiscent of Debt Collector, Inferno lugged in at the 300m mark to remind the opposition that he more than had them covered, before being straightened and given a couple of reminders to keep his mind on the job. Inferno powered away and won easily by 2.5 lengths. The margin could of been more if Rodd had wanted.
The imposing son of Holy Roman Emperor will next contest the Saas Fee Stakes on November 10th, which in 2018 was run for the first time as a race for three year old’s only. Being by Holy Roman Emperor and a big striding conveyance, one would expect him to be also suited by longer distances as he gets further into his three year old campaign.
Owner Glenn Whittenbury was on track to see both his first starter Capone (who made nice ground late in his debut race earlier in the day) and to see Inferno in action. Hopefully it will be an amazing week for Glenn, with Debt Collector (now called Debt Agent) running on Cox Plate day on Saturday 26th in the Waterford Crystal Mile. Inferno took his prize money to a tick of $200,000 with his third win in Singapore, again highlighting the incredible prize money on offer in Singapore.