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.
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.