Forever Lucky Stable seem to have laid their hands on a useful sort in Trading Post after he got on the board on debut at Kranji on Saturday, with a solid first-up win in the $50,000 Class 4 Division 3 race over 1200m. Known as Salton Sea in Australia, the Fighting Sun four-year-old raced like a veteran as he took a small gap at the 200m, and sprinted away to a commanding victory.

Trading Post ridden by Vlad Duric enjoyed a fairly trouble-free journey until the top of the straight when he looked  in a bit of trouble, snookered behind leader Ironclad and Sacred Judgement. Eventually the gap opened and the big bay shot through to win comfortably by 1 and 1/4 lengths.

Trading Post (V Duric) scores an impressive debut win on Saturday 8th August.

Josh McLoughlan, racing manager for the Forever Lucky Stable, was on track in his capacity as part of the media broadcast team, was delighted with their new acquisition’s flying start. Purchased by Josh after a debut win at Morphettville in Adelaide, Trading Post has taken a little time to get fit, and will improve on his first up run. “He was very professional and there is still plenty of improvement left in him, and I’m really pleased for the owners as they have been very patient. It’s onwards and upwards with him.”
The long awaited return of Inferno to the races was well worth the wait as he recorded a soft win at his racing comeback on Saturday 9th. Last year’s Singapore champion two-year-old was ridden for the first time by Vlad Duric in the $70,000 Class 3 Division 2 race over 1200m. Owner Glenn Whittenbury watched the race live from his home in Australia, with his family and his beloved dog Vito on his lap.
The Holy Roman Emperor four-year-old strolled in by 1 ¼ lengths from Legend Of The Sun with Golden Flame third another length away. The winning time was 1min 9.66secs for the 1200m on the Short Course.

Inferno scores a soft win in the Class 3 Div 2 1200m.

Inferno won the first four races from his previous five starts, including the Group 2 Aushorse Golden Horseshoe (1200m) and Group 3 Saas Fee Stakes (1200m), and until the forced suspension of racing due to the Covid 19 pandemic was looking to emulate another Barree owned galloper Debt Collector by taking on the three year old series in April and May.

The Singapore Three-Year-Old Classic (1400m) has had the ‘3YO’ annotation dropped to the more generic Group 2 Singapore Classic (1400m) given its rescheduling this year to August 30 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The first Leg, the Group 3 Singapore Three-Year-Old Sprint (1200m) was cancelled outright while the Group 1 Singapore Guineas (1600m) is maintained as the third and final Leg on September 26.

Cliff was obviously delighted with Inferno’s performance. “He was very impressive. He did it very easily and , he also ran very good time. He will now head towards the Singapore Classic and eventually the Singapore Guineas, that’s the plan for him.” Glenn was contacted by many of his Singapore friends after the victory, but they were put on hold as immediately post race he took his other love, Vito for a victory stroll around the blocks of Kew. Vito has become Glenn’s therapy dog, as stage 4 lockdown in Victoria are in effect, and the Barree principle is unable to get to Singapore to watch his equine collection in action.

Glenn with his pride and joy Vito.

Glenn with his best friend Vito. The two share an emotional bond.