A Golden Night!

The stable saddled only two runners on Friday 6th July in the last two races, and it turned out to be a great night with both horses winning. Long time stable clients Gold Stable were represented by the two runners Magnificent Gold and last start winner Gold Strike.

Magnificent Gold lined up in race 7 a class 4 over 1800m. Racing in Australia as Big John Cannon for Victorian trainer Jim Conlan, Magnificent Gold had won two races in Australia before being earmarked as a very suitable racing prospect for Singapore. He had been close up in a couple of runs since arriving in Singapore, and the stable was left bemused by riding tactics at his previous start. With stable rider Michael Rodd finally on board, a plan was hatched to have Magnificent Gold much closer to the speed, and from gate 13, Rodd did exactly that from barrier rise.

The 1800m was right up Magnificent Gold’s alley as breeding buffs would of noted he was by the leading sire High Chaperral. Settling in the first three, Rodd angled out at the top of the straight, and quickly took the lead. From there a well judged ride and those staying genes kicked in, and Magnificent Gold went on to win by a commanding 2 lengths. A possible derby start will now be considered.

Visiting friends Peter and Fraser Angus enjoy the winning feeling with Magnificent Gold.

The second leg of the Gold Stable double was brought up by Gold Strike in Race 8, a class 4 over 1200m. Gold strike won an open maiden at his previous start, and faced a stiffer test this time round. Settling just off the speed, Gold Strike showed tremendous grit to take the gap that opened at the 200m mark and proved to strong for Wonderful Knight on the line to score by half a length. It was the son of Ifraaj’s second win from 5 starts, and he looks to have a very nice future in Singapore, both wins with jockey Barend Vorster aboard.

Gold Reward makes it back to back wins, and brings up a Gold Stable double.

 

FILIBUSTER BACK TO BRILLIANT BEST

Exciting three year old filly Filibuster returned to her best form with a fantastic win in the Class 3 over 1100m on Friday 15th. Given a break by Cliff after two devastating all the way victories, Filibuster resumed with a 5th placing on March 4th, before tackling Group 2 company in the first leg of the three year old series.

Her last start showed that she was returning to form with a close up 5th, only being beaten 1.5 lengths in a class 3 over 1000m after being taken on the whole way. Winkers were added for Friday’s race, which was well spaced being a little over a month since running over the 1000m.

Jockey Craig Grylls took the ride on Filibuster, and after jumping from the awkward 8 gate, it momentarily looked like that powerful daughter of Ilovethiscity may not get to the lead with those drawn inside her kicking up strongly. However, a brilliant tactical move by Grylls to forge on and take the lead, albeit doing a bit of work, saw Filibuster cross the field and sit in front as the field passed the 800m mark.

Never getting a moments peace in front courtesy of Benny Woodworth on Wonderful Knight, Filibuster straightened in front, and showing her customary change of gears quickly putting paid to Wonderful Knight. With tremendous heart Filibuster powered away, when she could of thrown in the white towel, and had a length to spare over Charger who came rattling home from back in the pack to grab second.

Craig Grylls salutes on flying filly Filibuster with a great ride on Friday.

With her 3rd win from only 6 starts, Filibuster took her earnings to over $118,000 for her group of owners headed by Manager (and breeder) Mark Chadwick. Filibuster will now have a short break, before returning in the second half of the season. It was Mark’s second win in a week, after Tales Of Summer saluted on the previous Sunday.

 

 

Life after Racing: Gold Run excelling at new career

One of the Brown stable favorites Gold Run has proved an enormous success in his new career as a show jumper at the Singapore Polo Club. Over three days (Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th) the Singapore Jumping Championships were held at Bukit Timah saddle Club. With Gold Run and his young rider Ysabelle Lo competing in the 90cm class.

Leased out to riders by the Singapore Polo Club, Gold Run or “Red” as he is affectionately named has been enormously popular and has had a number of riders over the past two years, all learning and honing their skills on the lovely chestnut. Ysabelle has been riding Gold Run for the past 6 months, as her new horse is being educated.

Ysabelle and Gold Run (Red) race the clock lining up for the next jump.

Red and Ysabelle all style as they clear another jump.

In a fabulous result for Ysabelle and Gold Run, they finished in second place overall, winning the showjumping round on Sunday.

Second place overall in the 90cm Class.

A very consistent racehorse for Gold Stable with 6 wins, 4 seconds and 5 thirds and a tick over $307,000 in prize money, Gold Run was the perfect candidate for a new career at the NEC with a very quiet temperament and finishing his racing career a sound horse.

The Singapore Polo Club and the National Equestrian Center (NEC) has a number of our stable horses who are loved by their new owners and include: Shipping Forecast, Wall Street Boy, Gold Hill and of course Gold Run. Both Tenzing and Cactus Jack were donated to the Riding For Disabled Singapore which is located next the NEC. After giving their all on the race track, we always try to look for the best options for retiring horses and are delighted with the outcomes for those mentioned above.

Zac Kasa gallant in Lion City Cup

Promising 3 year old Zac Kasa put up an enormous effort to run 2nd un the Group 1 Lion City Cup on Saturday. Jumping from barrier 16, the son of Reset began well from the gates and was given time by jockey Craig Grylls, before crossing to the lead.

Settling well in the race, Zac turned if front and quickly shot clear in the stright and looked set for an amazing victory. Alas, last year’s winner Lim’s Cruiser had weaved his way through the field and set sail after Zac. With the aid of a great ride by G Boss, Lim’s Cruiser proved a bit to strong cutting Zac Kasa down in the last 100m, with daylight to third horse Countofmontechristo. Stablemate Mister Yeoh copped severe interference at the 300m mark and got going when it was all to late to finish 7th.

The promising Zac Kasa will now have a break, after a brilliant campaign.

The stable had a mixed day finishing with two seconds (Miss Dusty and Zac Kasa), a third (Tales Of Summer) and a close up 4th (Could be Pearls). What’s New was flattened in the straight in the Singapore Guineas, and Elite Excalibur struggled in the wet ground as he did in the 2017 edition of the Kranji Mile.

Zac Kasa, Mister Yeoh, What’s New  and Elite Excalibur will now all have a short break, before being aimed at the feature races later in the year.

Dynamic Duo Claim More Group Success

The dominant force in Singapore feature races were at it again when Cliff and Michael Rodd combined to win the Group 2 $500,000 Singapore Three Year Old Classic on Sunday with Mister Yeoh. This victory was the second Group Race success of the season after Elite Excalibur’s Group 3 victory in the Committee’s Prize.

After a sensational 7 length victory on debut, Mister Yeoh ran an outstanding race in the first leg of the 3 year old series when beaten less than 2 lengths after jumping from a horror gate of 14. With the right run the stable were very confident that he’d be right in the finish in the second leg.

Jumping from barrier 10, Rodd had the handsome son of Wanted settling mid field after initially over racing in the early stages. Like a true professional Mister Yeoh got into a nice rhythm and was traveling sweetly as a cracking pace was set by the front runners. In the straight, Rodd had a lap full of horse, and with a superbly timed run the big bay exploded at the 250m and put the issue beyond doubt, with race favorite Be Bee flying late from out of the pack to grab second.

Mister Yeoh and Michael Rodd explode clear in the Singapore 3 year old Classic.

Bred and Owned by Mr Nick Turnball in Australia, the colours worn by Mister Yeoh had been prominent in Singapore previously through the deeds of the highly talented Swiss Ace gelding Fitzroy, who ran an unlucky 4th in the Singapore Classic two years ago. Nick who races Mister Yeoh with Peter Hobin and Gary Davey and friends look to have one of the most exciting horses in Singapore.

With his 2nd win from only three Singapore starts, Mister Yeoh has now taking his earnings to tick over $305,000, again showcasing the fabulous prize money on offer in Singapore. The dust will settle as Cliff and connections decide on a possible start in the Lion City Cup in May.

Bobby lands deserved Group Success

Elite Excalibur scored his first Group win in Singapore when taking out the Group 3 Committee’s Prize over 1600m on Sunday 18th March. First up since his gallant effort in the 2017 Singapore Gold Cup when beaten a half head into third, “Bobby” as he is affectionately known built on his tremendous first up record in Singapore when downing the Mark Walker trained Elite Invincible.

With a difficult barrier to contend with, Michael Rodd produced a gem of a ride. Rodd had Bobby traveling nicely in mid field and was stalking Infantry the whole way. As the field turned for home Elite Excalibur was brought to the outside and produced a great sprint. Elite Invincible tried hard to defy Elite Excalibur, but in the end Bobby was to strong and finally had the luck go his way to land his first feature event.

With three Group 1 placings in 2017: 2nd in the Patron’s Bowl, 2nd in the Raffles Cup and 3rd in the Singapore Gold Cup, no one could begrudge Elite Stable and Bobby their victory in the Committee’s Prize which attracted the best horses in Singapore including 3 Derby winners, and the mighty Infantry Horse Of The Year in 2017. This win again underlines Elite Excalibur’s class, and he’ll prove hard to beat in many of the feature races this year.

 

With his third win in Singapore, and a host of big race placing’s, Elite Excalibur has now taken his earnings to a tick over $625,000 for Elite Stable.

Earlier in the day, the stable produced a very promising addition to the stable when Mr Yeoh demolished the field in the Class 4 over 1200m. Having done everything right in the build up to his Singapore debut, the stable were confident of victory, but the 7 and 1/4 length margin of victory has now seen a change of plans and Mr Yeoh will now contest the first leg of the 3 year old series on Friday March 30th.

Bred by Australian owner Nick Turnball, Mr Yeoh carried the same colours as the very promising Swiss Ace gelding Fitzroy, who unfortunately died last year after an accident at the spelling station.

Mr Yeoh scores an effortless 7 length victory at his Singapore debut.

 

WHAT’S NEW IMPRESSIVE AT SECOND START

Greg Perry’s mare Pussycat Dream had a stint in Singapore after winning her only start in the UK. With a lovely pedigree it was decided by both Greg and Cliff that she would not race in Singapore and she returned to Australia to become part of Greg’s wonderful broodmare band. Pussycat Dream’s first mating was with Casino Prince and the resultant offspring was named What’s New and sent to Singapore in  2017 for her racing career.

On Friday 19th, at her only her second start, What’s New proved way to classy to score an emphatic 2.5 length win in the restricted maiden over 1200m. Placing 2nd at her first start in late October, Cliff again showed his renowned patience before producing the filly for her second start.

Jumping from barrier 9, jockey Michael Rodd allowed What’s New to find her feet and she settled in a nice rhythm a little worse than mid field. Coming to the turn, Rodd angled What’s New to the outside and she still had about 5 lengths to make up on the leading division.

What’s New easily wins her second career start in restricted maiden over 1200m

 

Given her head, What’s New cruised up to the leaders and quickly found the lead at he 200m mark. After a rally from Kiss Your Song, What’s New’s class kicked in a she steamed away for a very soft win. The ease of her victory suggests that she has a very promising future, as Michel Rodd concluded after her second trial in Singapore “she’s above average this girl”.