Dapper part owners Tony Davies and Dennis Cornwell were on hand at Kranji racecourse to see their promising 3 year old Bluestone return from a short break from racing in the class 4 1200m on Saturday 1st of February. Tony was joined by his wife Trish and children Kyle and Jazzie for the day, and expectation as well as nerves were high, as Bluestone started the popular elect in the seventh race on the program.
The Hallowed Crown three-year-old had an excellent first racing preparation winning two, and running 2nd before finishing in fifth place behind Inferno in the Group 3 Saas Fee Stakes (1200m) for three-year-olds in November. With an impressive trial win as a lead in to his race track return, part owner Cornwell (who was at Kranji on that trial morning) simply could not leave stable representatives alone, ringing 3-4 times a day for updates on Bluestone’s condition leading into his return race.
A touch slow out of the gates, Rodd allowed Bluestone to settle towards the rear of the field. Although 3 wide, he had cover and switched off nicely during the run. Still spotting the leaders 5 lengths at the 300m mark, Rodd knew what he had under him, and once balanced let rip on Bluestone, who with a great turn of foot swept past the entire field to win easily by a length.
As is customary, Cornwell made Tony and family wait for him for the post race photo, descending from the grandstand, where he finally joined connections in the winning photo. Bluestone quite bemused by this was already ready for his shower, and stood momentarily for the photo before pulling back impatiently at having to wait in the sun for Cornwell’s arrival.
The winners room was a joyous place post race with Tony looking resplendent in a light yellow, pink and blue pastal shirt, whilst Dennis opted for the light blue shirt with a somewhat misplaced pink cuff. Perhaps not wanting to soil their lovely outfits, the champagne popping was left to Tony’s daughter Jazzie.
Bluestone took his earnings to a tick under $120,000 with his 3rd win from just 5 starts. An excellent return on the $40,000 Cliff paid at the 2019 Inglis Classic Sale. Australian owner Richard Pegum, who raced Foxtrot Hotel with great success in Singapore, watched the race live in Australia and was thrilled with Bluestone’s victory. Dennis celebrated long into the night with John McGuiness, and has asked numerous times for the DVD of Bluestone’s win, as he can’t remember much from the day, including post race conversations with trainer Brown.
Dennis is also offering free samples of Oak flavoured UHT milk for anyone interested.