DETERMINED DRACO

Olympian Stable’s progressive 4 year old Draco, put a luckless first up run behind him, to land the prize in the last race on September 15th, the class 4 over 1200m. After copping a very rough passage last start to run 6th, punters still rallied behind Draco who started a $21 favorite in what was a much stronger field than last start.

Jumping from barrier 13, Michael Rodd had no real option than to let Draco drift back from his wide gate and on settling he had only two other runners behind him. With those in front starting wide runs, Rodd elected to ride for luck, cutting the corner and patiently waiting for the gaps to appear in the straight. At about the 250m mark Draco saw daylight and Rodd let rip with Draco quickly hitting the lead.

Happy Connections greet Draco inthe winners stall. His 3rd win from 9 starts.

 

On hand to enjoy the victory was Astley Phua manager of Olympian stable. Draco is a very progressive horse and the son of Falkirk has taken his record to an impressive 9 starts for 3 wins and 2 seconds and over $136,000 in stake money. Olympian Stable’s Athena ran very well earlier in the evening when an unlucky third in race 6.

REWARD FOR CONSISTENCY

Long time stable client Gold Stable’s consistent three year old Gold Reward collected his first victory after notching up 3 seconds and 2 thirds from his 5 career starts. A very short priced favorite, Gold Reward was having his second run this preparation in the 1600m maiden on Sunday 10th September.

With an excellent first up second and the addition of blinkers, the stable were very confident that Gold Reward would open his account. With stable rider Michael Rodd on board, this assessment seemed well founded as Gold Reward settled 4th in the running, and then on straightening quickly surged to a clear lead early in the straight.

Still learning his craft, Gold Reward began to coast in the last 100m, allowing the charging pack to get very close, but responded well to Rodd’s urging to hold out the challenges and record a well earned win. Rodd commented after the race that Gold Reward has a great deal of ability, but is still relatively inexperienced when it comes to putting it all together on race day.

Gold Stable’s famous colours were again seen in the winners enclosure on September 10th

Further racing should see Gold Reward fulfill his potential, after his confidence boosting win. With the ability to quicken over a short distance, he has the versatility to be ridden close to the pace, or take a sit and unleash a powerful finish. The win was a welcome change of luck for Gold Stable who have recently had other Gold Stable horses Gold Crown, Gold Hill, and Hot Gold notch second place finishes.

AUGUSTANO BACK TO BACK VICTORIES

New owners King Power Stable enjoyed their second victory in Singapore when Augustano proved to strong in the class 4 over 1200m on Sunday September 10th. Having chalked up his first win for his new Thai owners in a restricted maiden on August 20th, Augustano made it back to back wins taking his record to a now impressive 4 starts for 2 wins and a second and over $90,000 in stake money.

With stable rider Michael Rodd unable to make the weight on race day, Manuel Nunes proved a more than capable replacement. The concern going into the race was that Augustano had drawn the outside barrier, however with a fast break from the gates Nunes had Augustano in the lead after going 200m. From there the leading rider of the past two seasons rated the son of Hard Spun perfectly and on straightening he went for home and quickly dashed clear setting up a winning break which he held to the line for a most impressive victory.

Augustano surges to an impressive victory in the class 4 over 1200m, notching back to back wins.

Augastano with Barend Vorster aboard provides King Power Stable with their first winner in Singapore

On hand to enjoy the victory was racing manager Vichit Pongsriiam, whilst other connections watched the race from overseas. With seven horses in the stable and some well bred horses among these, King Power Stable can look forward to some exciting times ahead as their crop of horses mature and are placed to advantage by the stable in the coming months.

SUPER SIR ISAAC

Dream Ahead 4 year old gelding Sir Isaac made a sensational return to racing after a 96 day break after contesting the three year old series culminating in the Singapore Guineas in May. With excellent form over 1200m and 1400m in the first two legs, Sir Isaac found the 1600m of the Guineas to far, which prompted a change of tact with him to be kept to sprinting distances this time in.

The Kranji C over 1100m on Friday looked a tough assignment first up with a number of promising horses contesting the event. Sir Isaac had tuned up nicely for the event with a couple of nice trials, but was meeting some race fit up and comers. Having thrown a way a couple of races through inexperience, it was going to be very interesting to see how the now 4 year old had matured mentally.

Michael Rodd rode an outstanding race, allowing Sir Isaac to settle a little worse than mid field. Approaching the 600m, Rodd got on the back of race favorite Walking Thunder who had made his move around the field prior to entering the straight. As the horses straightened Rodd cruised up to Walking Thunder before giving Sir Isaac full bore at the 250m and he found another gear storming away to a brilliant 2.5 length victory. It was a thoroughly professional effort by Sir Isaac who went straight as a gun barrel when asked to go in the straight.

 

 

Happy Connections!

On hand to enjoy the victory were Sir Isaac stable members Nick Johnson and Paul Robbins and friends, while Greg Perry stayed up late in Sydney to watch the handsome boy storm to victory. With his second victory to add to five runner ups and one third, the ever consistent Sir Isaac has now won a tick under $200,000 in stake money, and looks to be another very astute yearling purchase for Singapore by Cliff.

 

 

KRATOS GOES BACK TO BACK

Olympian Stable 4 year old Kratos, made a successful return to the races with a hard fought victory in the Class 4 1000m on Sunday 13th of August. After an injury enforced layoff, Kratos had not been seen at the races since a close up 2nd placing on January 29th behind the smart horse Nova missile.

Following this first up win Kratos stepped up to class 3 company over 1000m on Friday 1st of September. This time with Barend Vorster taking the reigns. Kratos with a light weight again showed sustained speed followed by a strong kick to take out the race by a length.

Two in a row for Kratos, taking out the Class 3 over 1000m on Friday 1st September.

 

Vlad Duric urges Kratos to the line first up on August 13th

With these two victories Kratos, a son of New Zealand stallion Guillotine, has been a model of consistency,  taking his record to 8 starts for 3 wins, 3 seconds and 1 third, and stake money of over $160,000 for Olympian stable. Whilst off the scene since January, again patience by both Cliff and Olympian stable has prevailed. Hipefully more victories will follow.

 

 

A CERTAINLY WELL DESERVED WIN

Super consistent 5 year old Nadeem gelding, Certainly broke through with a stirring win in race 5, the class 3 over 1800m. Backing up quickly from a close up 4th on Sunday 30th July, Cliff decided to engage Hong Kong apprentice C Poon to take advantage of his 2kg claim.

Riding perfectly to instructions, Poon had Certainly positioned nicely during the run in 4th, never letting the leaders out of his sights. With the knowledge that Certainly produces a short sharp sprint, Poon nursed Certainly in the straight before giving the big boy full boar at the 250m mark. There was a moment of concern as Certainly got caught behind a slowing horse, but once around this horse he steamed home out wide to catch Duke Of Normandy right on the line.

The victory was not only great reward for Apprentice Poon who has a 2 week riding stint in Singapore, courtesy of being leading apprentice in Adelaide last season, but reward for Cliff’s decision to back Certainly up quickly from last start.

Certainly was purchased by Cliff at the Inglis Ready to Race sale in 2014, and has been a model of consistency for Auric stable, now having finished in the first 4 in 19 of his 25 starts, with 4 wins and 7 seconds, and over $280, 000 in stake money.

 

SPLICE STARTS NEW CAREER

One of the stable favorites, Splice has been retired and will start a new carer in the equestrian field at the National Equestrian Center in Singapore with new and delighted owner, Andrea Vennhaus. Splice now 8 years old raced for many seasons in Singapore primarily under the ownership partnership of Tarnpirr Stable and the Evans famous Newbury Racing stable. He raced 51 times for 7 wins, 4 seconds, 6 thirds and 10 fourths, and amassed nearly $326,000 in stake money. Whilst not a top liner, he certainly was a great advertisement for racing in Singapore.

Andrea has a wealth of experience in the equestrian field, and it was love at first sight when she visited Splice for the first time about 2 weeks ago. Andrea was currently leasing a horse from the NEC, but felt he had reached his potential and was looking for a new challenge.

 

Splice was a very sentimental horse for the stable, having been one of the last horses bred by Cliff’s father Don and to carry the famous Tarnpirr Farm brand. Group 1 winners Markham, Cheviot and a host of Group and Listed winners have been bred and raised at Tarnpirr Farm.

We wish Andrea and Splice all the best, and look forward to the many updates and stories about his new pursuits.

 

DOUBLE ENDS FRUSTRATING RUN

In any sport, but perhaps more so in racing, luck plays an enormous part in achieving results. Since May 14th the stable seemed to have lady luck desert us with a staggering run of second (20) and third place finishes until Apollo and Laughing Buffalo got the winners column ticking over again on Sunday 16th July.

Patience is the key with horse racing, however to say the run of near misses was becoming frustrating for all associated with the stable was an understatement. Group 1 seconds to Laughing Gravy in the QE11 Cup and an agonizing photo finish in the Patrons Bowl with Elite Excalibur, whilst keeping the stable in the spotlight, had us all grinding our teeth. With the horses running so well, surely it could only be a matter of time!!

Apollo lined up in race 3 on Sunday 16th, a class 5 over 1400m. A very difficult horse to train, Apollo’s early races saw him over race badly, and it has taken plenty of time and hard work to get the son of New Approach to settle in his track work and races. He has run some excellent races in the past, and the enigmatic galloper was expected to go close last start as his short quote of $20 indicated.

Friendless in the betting at $120 after not firing a shot last start, Apollo settled beautifully in the run and finished the race off strongly to win by half a length. Apprentice I Amirul rode a great race following instructions perfectly, and ended a long drought for him, not having ridden a winner since February. Now that he’s opened his account, hopefully the confidence he gains will see him in the winners circle for Olympian stable again in the near future.

 

 

The second leg of the double was great reward for patience for Buffalo Stable’s Peter Lee. Starting his racing career with 3 consecutive seconds at the start start of the 2016 season, Laughing Buffalo’s progress was halted by a tendon injury, which required him have an extended period on the side lines. A very patient and cautious approach saw Laughing Buffalo re-emerge in February, taking a few runs to reach match fitness.

With weather conspiring a few times (he hates wet tracks), and some unlucky runs where he has been held up, Laughing Buffalo finally had luck go his way and put it all together with a commanding win in the open maiden over 1600m. Beautifully, handled by Apprentice I Amirul, he allowed Laughing Buffalo to settle in the last 4 in the field before positioning him on the outside when entering the straight. Laughing Buffalo extended beautifully and proved to strong winning by a length.

Nearly 20 horses in the stable are yet to make their Singapore racing debut. With a lot of horses with their foot on the till, and Group performers Sir Issac, Could be Pearls, Laughing Gravy, Debt Collector, Gilt Complex and Elite Excalibur all set for big campaigns in the latter part of the year the stable has great optimism for the rest of the season. We again thank all our loyal owners, and look forward to many coming winners.

GUINEAS DAY DOUBLE

Whilst the stable didn’t add to last years Guineas victory in the 2017 edition of the Singapore Guineas, the stable did score a winning double as well as posting a further two seconds for the day. Consistent Filly Athena went oh so close in race 3, beaten in a head bobbing finish in the maiden over 1600m.

Race 5 saw new stable edition Elite Excalibur score in most decisive style in the Class 3 over 1400m. An impressive debut winner in November last year for trainer Steven Burridge the son of Fastnet Rock was then sent to Dubai where he was raced five times. On arrival Elite Excalibur was transferred to the Brown yard who had enjoyed success with Elite Performance stable’s Elite Beast and Elite Takes All.

Having to ride him a little closer to the speed due to the track favouring on pace runners, jockey Michael Rodd had Elite Excalibur settled a little better than mid field, and by the time the field entered the straight he was behind the leading bunch and ready to pounce. Once in the the clear Elite Excalibur quickly surged to the lead and his class prevailed to win by 2 lengths. The four year old’s ultimate goal will be the Singapore Derby, with a decision on what legs of the series he will contest to be made later.

 

The second leg of the stable double was Mr Fatkid in race 10, a class 4 over 1800m. After an excellent 6th in the Group 2 Singapore Three Year Old Classic, it was decided to bypass the 1600m Singapore Guineas. By New Zealand sire Mettre En Jeu, it was always the opinion of the stable that the the 3 year old gelding would be even better when produced over more ground. Given a textbook ride by Rodd, Mr Fatkid was far to strong to win by a length, and looks a promising stayer of the future.

 

A model of consistency, Mr Fatkid has now had 7 starts for 3 wins, 1 second and 2 thirds and has earned a tick over $130,000 for Fatboy Stable.

GENTLE GIANT FINDS NEW CAREER

Stable favorite Cactus Jack was retired after his last start on April 24th. The imposing five year old gelding who tipped the scales at 580kg had 10 starts for two victories. His size and quiet nature quickly endeared him to all the staff, and he will be missed around the stable.

This calm and gentle attitude, coupled with his size had the stable quickly making contact with The Singapore Riding for the Disabled. This wonderful organisation provides the opportunity for disabled people to experience the joy of horse riding and being around horses.

RDA representatives came to see Cactus Jack and quickly fell in love with him. After a vet check and discussions on his racing history, the lightly raced gelding was transported to the RDA last week.

 

Cactus Jack joins his stable mate Tenzing who also now resides at the Singapore Riding for the Disabled. Tenzing has provided wonderful service for the RDA, and his reputation helped greatly when Auric Stable allowed us to offer Cactus Jack to the RDA. Not only are we pleased that Jack has found a great home, we are delighted that he will be helping and providing enjoyment for those less fortunate than ourselves, as we sometimes can take our involvement with horses for granted.

Special thanks to Haizrin and Cindy at The RDA, and we look to visiting Jack at his new home, and getting regular updates.