Pax Animi scored an authoritative win in the $70,000 Class 3 race over 1400m on Friday February 21st. In just his third start in Singapore, the powerful bay took his record to 2 wins and a second in Singapore and looks a galloper of great potential.
A private purchase by Cliff, Cat Raider as he was known in Australia was a one-time winner over 1400m at Ballarat. The four-year-old son of 2008 Victoria Derby winner Rebel Raider, was imported as a Derby prospect halfway through the season last year, and was re named Pax Animi by long time stable client Nick Johnston, who race him in partnership with Peter Lee.
Pax Animi has done everything right in Singapore right from his first local outing, gunning down a Class 4 Division 1 line-up in a 1200m race on November 17, followed two months later by a flying second when up in grade in a Class 3 race over 1200m on January 17. After gaining a start the racing public also felt he would be hard to beat, and he started at $22.
Ridden by Patrick Maloney, Pax Animi began a touch slowly but improved his position to mid field on the rails, and was traveling sweetly. Well into the straight he was in need of some luck, but once angled into the clear he showed the same electric turn of foot to slice through the field at the 250m, going on to defeat Adipson by three parts of a length.
Purchased with the Singapore 4 year old series in mind, the decision to swap dates with the 3 year old series has made it a race against time to get the gelding into the Derby. Patrick Maloney was very impressed with him. “He’s a really nice horse. Last start he made good use of his turn of foot but the 1200m was too short. Tonight, he was three back on the fence, which was not ideal, but when the gaps opened, he showed his turn of foot again. He’s a smart horse. All he wants to do is relax and switch off, which means once he gets out to more ground, he’ll be even better.”
With a record that now reads two wins and one second in three starts, Pax Animi, which means peace of mind in Latin, has already brought his owners, the Buffalo & Nick Johnston Stable more than $75,000 in prize money.