The New Zealand Karaka Yearling sales have again come up trumps for the Barree Stable with Boomba providing for the second year running the Singapore Juvenile Championship, the Group 3 Singapore Golden Horseshoe. Won last year in devastating fashion by Inferno who gapped the field, the pink and white silks of the Whittenbury family, this time were in a dog fight right to the line.
Last year, the two-year-old feature race was then staged as the culmination of a five-race series sponsored by Aushorse. As with most of the racing calendar, COVID-19 turned the juvenile series upside down this year – no lead-up races (Legs), only one race and downgraded from Group 2 to Group 3 with prizemoney halved to $125,000, and probably the most significant change, open to three-year-olds given its late date of December (instead of July).
Still any race is hard to win and particularly a Group race. Having run an excellent last start third in a Novice race over 1200m on November 21st after a brief freshen up, the Golden Horsehoe again showcased a masterful training performance which saw Boomba peak perfectly for the feature race. A fan of Boomba’s since well before his debut win in September, (and his rider at his three career starts), jockey Ruan Maia confirmed his intention to again ride Boomba when Cliff advised him that he had come on significantly since the run in the Novice.
The barrier draw of 13 was not ideal and Tony Lane deputizing for Cliff who is in Hong Kong with Inferno told Maia to just ride him where he was comfortable. If they go quick, the plan was to try and get in behind as he has natural speed. From barrier rise Maia had Boomba parked just off the speed all be it 3 wide. Not much changed until the top of the straight where leader Ablest Ascend was quickly challenged by race favorite Infinite Wisdom with Boomba commencing his final effort.
With Ablest Ascend a spent force, the two market fancies looks set to fight it out but were joined late by Relentless. In the last 100m in a thrilling three-way go, Boomba lunged at the post to down Infinite Wisdom by a neck, with Relentless steaming home for third place, another short head away, to give Barree back to wins in the final for juveniles.
As has been documented previously, on arrival in Singapore it was apparent that the son of Showcasing had not grown in height as had been anticipated since his purchase in early 2018. A slight change to the normal timing of his stints of pre-training in NZ meant he spent a little extra time in the lush paddocks of Kilmore Farm prior to his departure for Singapore. Oh and how he enjoyed the paddocks, arriving with a belly the size of a broodmare!
Once out of quarantine and in the stable it was then time to call Glenn and give him the news that his new arrival, was well, on the small side and quite rotund and to put it bluntly a bit of a fatty boomba. Ever the one for a creative name, Mr Whittenbury (I’m not sure proudly) then proclaimed from henceforth his 2 year old by Showcasing would be officially known as Boomba.
With a bit of maturing on his side, the obvious fitness improvement of being in a racing stable and a little bit of growth, there was never really a lack of faith that Boomba would make the grade. He was just that bit of an ugly duckling on arrival in Singapore. Superbly conditioned and well ridden in the Golden Horseshoe only confirmed that faith. Indeed jockey Maia was probably more upbeat than anyone in relation to Boomba, and the Brazilian’s early judgment has proved correct. As he said after Boomba’s win and his own third black type win in Singapore , “I’ve always believed in this horse. I’ve ridden him from his first trial.”
Glenn watching from home, was heard to cheer very loudly as the Boomba forged to victory, but then the uncontrolled giggling took over and Gen, Gregory and Gabrielle looked at each other thinking that Glenn was finally ready for the loony bin. Boomba has been a source of amusement, given his early time in Singapore seemed to consist of him finishing his breakfast in record time and then napping hours before any other horse.
With that second win from four starts, Boomba has taken his stakes earnings past the $110,000 mark for the Barree Stable. Who would of thought that the small fat one, would be a group winner at just his fourth career start. Again we thank Barree for supporting the stable, and hope they enjoy many more wins with Boomba.