Gold Kingdom gets season 2020 off to winning start.

The first day of the new racing season started well for the stable with last start winner Gold Kingdom making it two wins in a row to get season 2020 of to a flying start. The old firm of Rodd and Brown again combined with the son of Animal Kingdom who opened his winning account in Singapore at the second last meeting of 2019.

Starting the popular elect, Rodd had the handsome chestnut poised a little closer than last start as he drew barrier 1. Knowing the horse so well, Rodd got him off the rails at the 1000m and at the 700m began a move into the race. Hearts were in mouths as he copped a bad check from Silent Boss who was making his run on the outside at the same time.

Without panicking, Rodd quickly had him balanced again and set flight after Silent Boss who had entered the straight with a commanding lead. At the 200m Gold Kingdom was coming hard, and it was evident that he had the measure of Silent Boss, and drew away to convincingly win by 2 lengths.

Gold King powers away for back to back wins in the Class 5 over 1600m.

The win was most welcomed by long time stable clients Gold Stable who look forward to another successful year with their team of horses in the Brown Camp. With his 2nd win, Gold Kingdom a $45,000 purchase at the 2018 Inglis Ready to Race Sale has taken his earnings to a tick under $63,000 and looks to have some more wins to come as he gains maturity.

 

 

 

Debt Collector’s half brother secured at NZB Ready To Race Sale

Lot 129 at the recent New Zealand Bloodstock Ready To Race Sale certainly caught the eye from a pedigree standpoint, with the colt by Zacinto out of the mare Prompt Payment, making him a 1/2 brother to Singapore Champion galloper Debt Collector.

Prompt Payment has had a number of her progeny offered for sale after Debt Collector, however on inspection by the team, they didn’t measure up. The Zacinto colt was a lovely relaxed colt who bears quite a resemblance to his illustrious 1/2 brother.

The Zacinto 1/2 brother to Champion Debt Collector (below) looks eerily similar to his famous older sibling

In consultation with Mr Glenn Whittenbury, the colt was secured for Barree Stable. Glenn who was hard at work on Metropolitan Golf course, was informed on the 16th hole (where he made a sloppy 3 putt bogey), that the colt had been secured to race in his famous family colours. Whilst the colt has a lot to live up to, he is a lovely individual that will be eagerly awaited by all staff in Singapore.

 

Inferno Sizzles in Saas Fee Stakes

Singapore’s best three year old’s contested the Group 3 Saas Fee Stakes on Gold Cup day, November 10th. The stable was represented by  Bluestone and Inferno, the later sent out at prohibitive odds of $6 and 5.10. For those who invested on Inferno there was little cause for concern, as Inferno and regular partner Michael Rodd made it a one horse affair.

Jumping from barrier 8, Rodd mustered speed quickly, allowing Inferno to sit prominently through the first 600m. Upon straightening, he angled the big bay into the clear, stalking the leading division, ready to explode on cue. When asked for a sprint, Inferno let rip and swept past the leading division with consummate ease and quickly established a winning break. Such was the arrogance of the win, that Rodd actually eased him down in the last 100m, to win by an easy 1 ¾ length-win from Big Hearted with Rocket Star running on for third. The winning time was 1min 9.36secs for the 1200m on the Short Course.

Inferno strolls away with the Group 3 Saas Fee Stakes.

Clearly an enormous talent Inferno has won his 4 starts in Singapore including both a Group 2 and Group 3 event. Whilst the stable acknowledges he is a very exciting horse, it is far to early to mention him in the same breath as both multiple Group 1 winners Debt Collector and Zac Spirit. Inferno will now have a break, and head towards the Three Year Old Series next year, where we look forward to seeing what he can do over a bit more ground.

Owner Glenn Whittenbury, made the trip on Saturday night from Australia after watching Debt Agent at Flemington, as did Michael Rodd. Inferno provided Michael with a nice present as his wife Cara, gave birth to their second child a daughter last week. He was excused from Sunday night’s celebrations as he again headed back to Rockhampton to be with his family.

Glenn was again joined by friends at the Singapore Turf club to watch Inferno. A regular visitor to Singapore to watch his horses, Glenn had been a great supporter of the stable and Singapore Racing over the past 6 years. It was nice nice to see that the turf club media team managed to interview Glenn at the races during this visit, as he has been a somewhat shy owner in the past.

Glenn enjoys the winning photo with friends.

Glenn has shown great faith in the team in terms of selecting horses at the yearling sales, and he is a very patient owner allowing the stable to plot the paths of his gallopers. Our thanks go to Barree Stable’s continued support. Inferno has now stretched his record to four-from-four for stakes money closing in on the $300,000 mark for the Barree Stable. He probably deserves a new hay bag for Christmas.

Brave Atlas makes it two from two

The stable saddled only one runner on the Friday November 1st meeting, and came away with a win when Atlas scored a brave victory in the class 4 over 1200m. The son of Atlante was having his second career start after winning a restricted maiden on the 29th of September.

With a lovely trial the previous week, the stable went into the race with quiet confidence he would be very competitive and this confidence grew when on Friday morning two of the eight runners were scratched. Allotted 54kg, Ben Thompson was given the ride.

Pre-race Atlas was a little excited being saddled and in the parade ring, but knowing him well this wasn’t unexpected as he knew he was about to race, and has proven to be a little “hot” around the stables since his arrival in Singapore. Although a touch tardy away from the gates, Thompson soon had him tracking nicely just behind the leaders. Coming off heels at the top of the straight behind a very slow tempo set by the leading pair, Atlas was engaged in an epic battle with Ottawa (Louis-Philippe Beuzelin) while the heavily backed favorite Vulcan (Alysha Collett) was letting down with a big run on the outside.

With three horses fighting it out, Thompson balanced Atlas up in the final part of the race and he toughed it out gallantly to eventually put a half-length in advance of Vulcan, who pipped Ottawa for second place by a head. The winning time was 1min 11.46secs for the 1200m on the Long Course.

Atlas toughs it out to make it two wins from two starts.

Jockey Ben Thompson was full of praise for Atlas.“He gave me a nice ride to the gates, but I feel he still doesn’t have an on and off button. He still traveled lovely, though.We got to the front a long way from home, but he went through the line really well.”

Popular owner Scott Bryce was joined by wife Renee and fellow owners as well as friends with a cheer squad numbering 17 roaring loudly as he crossed the line in front. Scott and partners will have Hardcore and Copacabana stepping out in the coming weeks and it would be no surprise to see Scott’s colours in the winners stall again soon. Atlas has already racked up around $70,000 in stakes earnings for the Atlas Stable from his two victories in Singapore.

Great start to Jubilant/Brown combination

The familiar blue and white diamond silks of Joshua Tan’s Jubilant Racing were back in the winners stall on Friday 18th, this time with debutant winner Flying Tourbillion.

After racing smart sorts like Tannhauser and Chopin’s Fantaisie, the local ownership outfit have had few runners in recent seasons in Singapore, and Flying Torbillion is the first horse sent by Jubilant Racing to be trained by Cliff.

Flying Tourbillon was making his debut in the $20,000 Open Maiden race over 1200m. The flashy chestnut certainly made his presence felt in a big way on raceday when he came from a midfield rails-hugging spot (courtesy of a low draw in barrier No 2) to produce his winning burst at the 300m.

Weaving his way around runners, Flying Tourbillon quickly rounded out his rivals on his way to a thumping 2 ¾-length win from Lim’s Torpedo (Tengku Rehaizat) with another debutant Clergyman (Joseph Azzopardi) third another head away. The winning time was 1min 10.28secs for the 1200m on the Long Course.

“It’s Joshua’s first horse with us. It’s great to get a win for him with our first runner together,” said Cliff.

“He’s a nice horse and is also the easiest horse to train. He’s faultless and I hope he keeps going.

“Sure, he’s a little big, but to me, he looked a winner when he was paraded around tonight.”

Rodd said that Flying Tourbillon had been rather plain in both his work and general demeanour at home, but one last gallop this week did give him a sneak peek of the engine under the bonnet.

“I didn’t expect such a run. He was a surprise packet,” said the Australian jockey.

“He’s a quiet and unassuming horse, a bit of a roly poly, fat horse. In his trials, he didn’t like the Polytrack, but he goes well on turf, and at his last gallop, I thought there was something there when I gave him a squeeze.

“Tonight, he just flew home. He got there a bit early, but he pinned his ears and kept going.

“We’ll go and digest that run. The race was set up for him, the field was a question mark.

“I think he can go on to Class 3 level and we’ll see what he’s got then. It’s great for Josh, I’ve ridden in his colours a few times and he’s a great guy to deal with.”

Jubilant Racing’s Flying Tourbillion makes a winning debut in the Open Maiden 1400m.

INFERNO fires again to make it 3 from 3

Promising 3 year old Inferno enhanced his reputation as one of the better 3 year old’s in Singapore with a strong first up victory in the class 4 over 1200m on Sunday 20th. The Golden Horseshoe winner had not been seen at the races since his emphatic victory in the two year old final on July 17th where he demolished the best two year old’s in Singapore.

Without being fully wound up and up 18kg from his last run, the stable was guarded, yet very confident that Inferno would race well, with the knowledge that he had matured a lot physically and there would plenty of improvement to come after this first up run.

Michael Rodd again partnered Inferno and had to contend with a sticky barrier of 10 in the field of which included the last start winner Celavi and the promising Big Hearted. Jumping with the field, Rodd allowed Inferno to settle into a nice rhythm before improving his position form about the 700m. With Silence Force on his outside trying to box him, but only providing nuisance value, the imposing bay was on the move four wide prior to the turn.

With Inferno balanced up Rodd started to stoke him up from the top of the straight and he quickly had reeled in the leading division. With a trait reminiscent of Debt Collector, Inferno lugged in at the 300m mark to remind the opposition that he more than had them covered, before being straightened and given a couple of reminders to keep his mind on the job. Inferno powered away and won easily by 2.5 lengths. The margin could of been more if Rodd had wanted.

Michael Rodd makes it 3 from 3 on Inferno in the Class 4 over 1200m.

The imposing son of Holy Roman Emperor will next contest the Saas Fee Stakes on November 10th, which in 2018 was run for the first time as a race for three year old’s only. Being by Holy Roman Emperor and a big striding conveyance, one would expect him to be also suited by longer distances as he gets further into his three year old campaign.

Barree Stable Manager Glenn Whittenbury was delighted with Inferno’s return to racing on Sunday 20th.

Owner Glenn Whittenbury was on track to see both his first starter Capone (who made nice ground late in his debut race earlier in the day) and to see Inferno in action. Hopefully it will be an amazing week for Glenn, with Debt Collector (now called Debt Agent) running on Cox Plate day on Saturday 26th in the Waterford Crystal Mile. Inferno took his prize money to a tick of $200,000 with his third win in Singapore, again highlighting the incredible prize money on offer in Singapore.

Rodd to Re-unite with DC on Cox Plate Day

Jockey Michael Rodd will make the trip to Melbourne for WS Cox Plate day to ride Debt Agent for trainer Jim Conlan and owner Barree Stable. Of course Debt Agent is the Singapore champion Debt Collector which Michael has ridden in 21 of his 24 Singapore starts and in 11 of his 12 victories.

DC will race in the Group 2 Waterford Crystal Mile (1600m). After a satisfactory first up run at Flemington on October 5th when beaten only 4 lengths in the Paris Lane Stakes (when ridden by Ben Melham) DC has has taken great benefit from the run, and will strip a lot fitter at his second Australian start.

We wish Michael, Glenn and Jim all the best for the race.

Go DC!

 

Weekend Double

The first weekend of October racing saw the stable rack up a double, as well as 4 seconds from the nine runners. On Friday evening the consistent Ararat Lady returned to the winners stall in the class 4 1200m division 1.

“That was a tremendous win for a good group of owners (Jass Stable). It’s also good for the staff,” said Cliff. The race panned out nicely for her. She is a very genuine mare.”

Michael Rodd said the return to a class which was more up Ararat Lady’s alley was the main winning factor. Using the coveted barrier 1, Rodd kicked up on the inside to secure a position in the leading group with a nice tempo. Turning for home, with 4 across the track, Rodd stoked up the daughter of Battle Paint and she responded well, kicking clear by 3 lengths and setting up a winning break over the heavily supported Lim’s Zoom.

With that third win from nine starts, Ararat Lady has now chalked up close to $130,000 for the Jass Stable.

 

On Sunday 6th, after seconds with Gold Kingdom and Gold Strike, long time stable clients Gold Stable finally had a change of luck when outsider Lohnro Gold jumped straight to the front and was never headed in the class 3 1000m. Ridden superbly by JP Van Der Merwe, Lohnro Gold was un fancied in the betting, having finished last at his previous outing and also had to contend with the outside barrier of 11.

A horse that has to lead, and can lose interest when he doesn’t (as he did last start), Lohnro Gold begun like a shot out of a gun from barrier 11 and Van Der Merwe had him sitting outside Cousteau. From there the two set an even tempo. At the 300m Lohnro Gold had fought off Cousteau, but had to contend with a late challenge from race favorite Kiss Your Song. With Van Der Merwe riding hard, the son of Denman proved to strong to score by 1/2 a length.

Lohnro Gold was a $40,000 purchase from the 2016 Inglis Ready To Race Sale, and has now earned a tick over   $261, 500 for connections.

Lohnro Gold proves to strong in the class 3 over 1000m.

Race to Race double on Raffles Cup Day

Back to back wins in race 3 and 4 in races named after two Raffles Cup and two horse of the year winners (Debt Collector and Step It Up) that were both purchased by Cliff, made for a satisfying day on September 22nd.

Elite Incredible franked some excellent group form and some bad luck in recent racing to open his Singapore account with a comprehensive win in race 3, the Class 4 Debt Collector Stakes over 1200m. With the addition of blinkers and Michael Rodd on board, the race was never really in any doubt, and the Elite Stable owned runner has now taken his earnings to close to $230,000. Ridden a little more positively given the track favoring horses on the speed, favorite punters saw a copy book ride by Rodd keeping the leaders well in his sights and surging to the front at the top of the straight and holding the field out comfortably.

Michael Rodd and Elite Incredible make a one act affair of the Class 2 over 1200m

In race 4, the $75,000 Stepitup 2015 Restricted Maiden Stakes over 1200m, debutante Atlas, a NZB Karaka yearling purchase by the stable, was not well fancied and started at the odds of $188. On the back of a recent trial where he ran third, the stable were looking for the son of ill fated sire Atlante to get back and hopefully find the line. A very difficult horse to handle trackrider’s Sabri Embee and Solleh have done a great job in helping to educate the son of Atlante.

From his gate of 3, Rodd allowed Atlas to settle a little better than mid field, and seemed to have him in a nice rhythm throughout the race. On turning Rodd angled towards the middle of the track. Making steady ground, it looked like a placing may be the best result as leader Kimitonara looked to have the race in his keeping. But with the help from owners Scott Bryce, Ken Kline and Wayne Austin and a group of friends roaring their lungs out, Atlas surged in the last 200m to land the prize.

Atlas storms home for a debut victory.

Scott Bryce has been a great supporter of the stable for the past 5 years, and has introduced a number of new owners to Singapore racing. Scott has raced and syndicated 4 horses with the stable, with 3 of them having won races. The fourth was a horse called Roger who ran 2nd and 3rd from just three starts, before unfortunately succumbing to a tendon injury. There were great scenes as Atlas and Michael Rodd returned post race. Michael was thrilled to ride another winner for the group who also race the promising Hardcore. With still some physical and mental development to come, there looks to be plenty of upside with Atlas.

Exciting Bluestone goes back to back

Race 6, the Novice over 1200m on the National Day race card was billed as nearly a match race between the lightly raced three year old’s Bluestone (the winner of his only start) and the Shane Baertschiger trained Hotshots Slam a debut winner and third in the Group 2 Aushorse Golden Horeshoe. Pre-race a huge betting battle was unfolding between the two, and with nearly $450,000 in the win pool alone, it was Bluestone who won this battle, starting the popular elect at $10.

Owners Dennis Cornwell and Tony Davies were quietly confident before the race and were joined track side by their wives Andrea and Trish. Tony’s son Kyle (who recently turned 18) was at his first race meeting in Singapore. Normally a figure of sartorial elegance, Mr Cornwell was seen to be pacing around the saddling enclosure, either a little flustered at Bluestone’s price or walking off a few nerves.

Alysha Collett, back in Singapore for the past two weeks after recuperating from a bad fall on October 14 last year, was entrusted with the ride. With an awkward barrier in 8 to contend with, as Bluestone’s main rival had drew well in 3, Collett would need to be at her best to notch up her comeback victory.

From barrier rise Collett had Bluestone out quickly but as expected Hotshots Slam (Matthew Kellady) from his good gate drove to the lead down the back straight opening up to a two length break at one stage. Collett however kept Bluestone handy to the leader, not letting him gain any convincing lead. As they neared the home turn, Bluestone was allowed to stride up to leader and looked to be traveling better.

Putting paid to Hotshots Slam quickly at the top of the straight, it was obvious the two horse war punters expected was not going to eventuate. When Collett asked Bluestone for his final effort he steadily forged to the front and under hands and heels riding he had a length to spare in the finish over Paris Time, but the exciting three year old did seem to have a bit left up his sleeve and it was a soft victory in the end.

Bluestone surges to the lead in the 1200m Novice on Friday 9th August.

Long time friends and clients of the stable, Dennis, Andrea, Tony, Trish and Kyle roared their son of Hallowed Crown home. Both Dennis and Tony have been great supporters of the stable having had shares in quite a few horses over the past few years with only moderate success. Mind you, both are seriously wealthy and always choose the cheapest syndication option amongst the stables yearling purchases, so it’s not all the stables fault. Further, Dennis could stop a Tsunami if he backed it hitting a coast somewhere.

Trish, Kyle and Tony Davies along with Dennis and Andrea Cornwell pose with their promising 3 year old Bluestone.

In fact, Tony was rudely left out of a previous syndication formed by Cornwell. Whether this was an act of selfishness or an innocent oversight has yet to be determined. Tony however, has had the last laugh as now a part owner of the promising Bluestone. The horse he was not offered a share in, well it turned out to be, well……..slow and very disappointing. I’m sure the boys celebrated quite hard, and there is a rumour that Andrea hopped into the champagne at home and was cast on the couch by 10pm. But that rumour has neither been rejected or confirmed by Andrea herself.

Cliff in Melbourne on family business, watched the race and was delighted with the win but more so for Dennis, Tony and other part owner Richard Pegum. Richard previously raced the handy galloper Foxtrot Hotel trained by Cliff in Singapore.

Costing A$40,000 as a yearling at the 2018 Inglis Classic Sale, Bluestone has already won in excess of $80,000 in prize money for the Bluestone Stable headed by Dennis Cornwell. He looks to have a very bright future. Dennis is also great friends with Glenn Whittenbury who has the undefeated 3 year old Inferno (also 2wins from 2 starts), and there is sure to be some friendly banter between the two as Cliff charts both horses futures.