Long time stable clients Gold Stable were rewarded for their patience when 6 year old gelding Gold Reward notched up his 4th win in Singapore on Saturday 12th in race 4, the class 5 over 2000m. It was actually a Gold Stable one two in the race with Gold Kingdom running second.
Beset with niggling issues for the first half of 2019 which saw a drop in form for the usually consistent son of Warrior’s Reward, it was decided that a clean out of his joints by Vet Dan Shaw may help him return to form. After a post surgery lay-off for the second part of 2019, like many horses the enforced break due to Covid came at the wrong time with Gold Reward ready for to race again in early 2020.
Early runs over sprint distances in January and February to help him regain fitness for his more suited longer journey’s didn’t amount to anything as racing was shut down not long after. Whilst kept ticking along until racing resumed in July, it would again take a while to get him rock hard fit, and with a reduced racing schedule, find suitable races over distance for him.
His two runs prior to winning on Saturday were excellent with a second and third over 1600m, which had him primed for 2000m. Again partnered by John Powell, he was allowed to settle a little worse than mid-field in running, but it was always obvious Powell had him traveling beautifully, and at the 600m it was clear he had a lap full of horse and just needed to get out. Get out he did at the 300m and when JP asked him for his effort he easily over hauled those in front of him, and went on to win by a commanding 2 lengths. Stablemate Gold Kingdom battled on well for second.
With his 4th win to go with 7 seconds and 4 thirds, Gold Reward has taken his earnings to a tick under $155,000 in stake money. Whilst not having saluted the judge for some time, his past three races have clearly shown he hasn’t lost his zest for racing, and he enjoying his racing again. A win in class 4 may well be just around the corner, which would be great for Eugene, Nam Seng and Meehim Yong who make up the famous Gold Stable and more reward for their faith in their UK galloper.