Singapore’s best three year old’s contested the Group 3 Saas Fee Stakes on Gold Cup day, November 10th. The stable was represented by Bluestone and Inferno, the later sent out at prohibitive odds of $6 and 5.10. For those who invested on Inferno there was little cause for concern, as Inferno and regular partner Michael Rodd made it a one horse affair.
Jumping from barrier 8, Rodd mustered speed quickly, allowing Inferno to sit prominently through the first 600m. Upon straightening, he angled the big bay into the clear, stalking the leading division, ready to explode on cue. When asked for a sprint, Inferno let rip and swept past the leading division with consummate ease and quickly established a winning break. Such was the arrogance of the win, that Rodd actually eased him down in the last 100m, to win by an easy 1 ¾ length-win from Big Hearted with Rocket Star running on for third. The winning time was 1min 9.36secs for the 1200m on the Short Course.
Clearly an enormous talent Inferno has won his 4 starts in Singapore including both a Group 2 and Group 3 event. Whilst the stable acknowledges he is a very exciting horse, it is far to early to mention him in the same breath as both multiple Group 1 winners Debt Collector and Zac Spirit. Inferno will now have a break, and head towards the Three Year Old Series next year, where we look forward to seeing what he can do over a bit more ground.
Owner Glenn Whittenbury, made the trip on Saturday night from Australia after watching Debt Agent at Flemington, as did Michael Rodd. Inferno provided Michael with a nice present as his wife Cara, gave birth to their second child a daughter last week. He was excused from Sunday night’s celebrations as he again headed back to Rockhampton to be with his family.
Glenn was again joined by friends at the Singapore Turf club to watch Inferno. A regular visitor to Singapore to watch his horses, Glenn had been a great supporter of the stable and Singapore Racing over the past 6 years. It was nice nice to see that the turf club media team managed to interview Glenn at the races during this visit, as he has been a somewhat shy owner in the past.
Glenn has shown great faith in the team in terms of selecting horses at the yearling sales, and he is a very patient owner allowing the stable to plot the paths of his gallopers. Our thanks go to Barree Stable’s continued support. Inferno has now stretched his record to four-from-four for stakes money closing in on the $300,000 mark for the Barree Stable. He probably deserves a new hay bag for Christmas.