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Great Return for Debt Collector in Jumbo Jet Trophy

2016 Horse of the year, Debt Collector made his long awaited return to racing in last Sunday’s Group 3 Jumbo Jet Trophy. Cliff and Barree Stable Manager Glenn Whittenbury decided to give Debt Collector a significant break from racing after some respiratory issues plagued the star galloper in the second half of 2017.

The triple Group 1 winner was sent back to Australia for a 5 month break at The Kelly family’s Newhaven Park Stud. Newhaven Park were the breeders of Dual Singapore Champion sprinter Zac Spirit, who himself had a break there before returning to Singapore to claim a second Lion City Cup and Champion Sprinter accolade. Zac Spirit now lives a permanent life of luxury in retirement on the famous Kelly family nursery.

Debt Collector returned to Singapore in May and clearly looked a more physically stronger horse after his holiday in Australia. Given a patient build up by Cliff, Debt Collector has had one lead up trial with an excellent 3rd, showing his customary dash over the last 200m.

Sunday’s Jumbo Jet Trophy saw Debt Collector carrying 58kg, giving the majority of his rivals weight. On jumping Debt Collector assumed his usual position with only a few horses behind him, and regular rider Michael Rodd had him traveling smoothly. Racing on the long course, Rodd decided to cut the corner before bring DC out to the middle of the track at around the 300m to unleash his customary burst.

Quickly making up ground on those in front Debt Collector surged to the lead in the shadows of the post, only to be caught by Preditor who had made a withering run from well back with visiting Hong Kong apprentice M Poon aboard. In the end Preditor got there by a nose form the gallant Debt Collector who had not raced for 294 days.

Preditor noses out Debt Collector in the last bound in Sunday’s Jumbo Jet Trophy

With that run under his belt, and a return to weight for age racing coming up Debt Collector is sure to be a major player in the feature races coming up in September, October and November.

 

A Good Weekend

The stable saddled up 6 runners over the Friday 20th and Sunday 22nd July weekends racing, with the excellent result of three winners and two seconds. On Friday night the most consistent Denman gelding Lohnro Gold finally opened his account in race 5, a restricted maiden over 1000m. A model of consistency, Lohnro Gold had run three seconds and two thirds before staving off the late finish of two year old Street Blade, whom h was giving 7kg’s.

Lohnro Gold proves to strong in the RM 1000m on Friday

Purchased at the 2015 Inglis Ready To Race Sale for $40,000, the Gold Stable owned Lohnro Gold has now one over $109,000 in stakes, again highlighting the great prize money on offer in Singapore. The win also capped off a great night for Michael Rodd who had three rides for three wins.

On Sunday the Stable had two representatives in the Restricted Maiden over 1200m. Recent stable addition three year old Attention and two year old Uncle Mo, would fly the flag for the stable. After an excellent debut 5th, Uncle Mo had a significant weight advantage against the three year olds, and under the guidance of lightweight jockey Barend Vorster who sprinted away in the last 200m for a commanding win. The $40,000 Inglis Ready To Race graduate looks to have a very promising future. Attention ran a great second on debut and looks to have an excellent future in Singapore.

Talented type Uncle Mo scores in impressive fashion in the RM over 1200m.

The third winner came by the way of the ever consistent 3 year old Kranji Gold. Similar to Lohnro Gold, he had racked up a number of placings in 8 starts in Singapore and got the nod in a thrilling 5 way finish. With his restricted maiden win, Kranji Gold who was purchased at the NZB breeze up sales for $77,500, has now won over $106,000 and looks to have plenty of wins in store.

Kranji Gold proves to strong in a thrilling finish in the RM over 1600m.

 

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.

 

 

Tales Of Summer continues great form

Consistent 6 year old gelding Tales Of Summer continued his great form by taking out the Class 3 over 1200m on Sunday 10th. Having his 7th run this year, the son of Tale of the Cat added another win, (his second of the year) to go with two second and two third and a fourth place finishes.

After being nailed close to the post at his last start on Kranji Mile day where he ran 3rd, Michael Rodd again had Tales Of Summer quickly out of the gates to take up his customary role as leader. From there Rodd rated him beautifully after jumping from gate 10, and entering the straight Tales Of Summer was full of running.

At the 200m mark it was clear it was a race in two with the heavily backed favorite Walking Thunder (A Munro) issuing a strong challenge. However, Tales of Summer dug deep to win by a half length, giving Rodd a welcome winner as it last ride for a few weeks as he serves a suspension.

A delighted Michael Rodd gets Tales Of Summer Home in the last race on Sunday 10th June.

Tales Of Summer was cheered home by Mark Chadwick watching from Western Australia and his stocky Chestnut has now won over $182,000 for Divided House Stable.

 

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.

THE CHAMP RETURNS

2016 Horse of the year Debt Collector has arrived back in the stable after having a well earned break back in Australia. The triple Group 1 winner spent nearly 5 months at Newhaven Park Stud, enjoying a break away from racing. Debt Collector follows a similar path to dual Champion sprinter Zac Spirit, who had a break in Australia, and returned to claim a second Lion City Cup in 2016.

Barree Stable Manager, Mr Glenn Whittenbury will be in Singapore this weekend, and is very much looking forward to seeing his Champion, whom he affectionately calls “the Snake”. Debt Collector has provided many incredible thrills in his career so far, and we look forward to adding further highlights in this great ride with DC.

DC enjoys a walk, after entering the stable on Monday afternoon.

We couldn’t be happier with how he has done during his break, and has matured enormously. Race goers will see a bigger and stronger Debt Collector in the second half of the year, where he will be targeted at races such as the QE11 Cup, The Raffles Cup and the Singapore Gold Cup.

Glenn and Cliff with the 2016 Horse of The Year trophy.

 

Consistent mare gets deserved win

Four year old mare Gold City gained a well deserved win when taking out the last race on Sunday 2oth. A third and two second place finishes from her last three starts, the Gold Stable owned mare was certainly overdue for a change of luck.

Stepping up to 1800m and ridden by Michael Rodd the daughter of New Zealand sire Sufficient had shown with excellent last sectionals in previous runs, that an increase in distance should be of no concern. Michael Rodd never had the leaders out of his sight in running, and when John Powell made a lightning move around the field on O’Reilly’s Dancer at the 1000m, the pace went on.

At the top of the straight, Rodd steered Gold City into the clear and she quickly began to loom up to the break away leaders. In the last 200m she showed terrific acceleration and out gunned her rivals to win by a length, beating O’Reilly’s Dancer who had set the race up for her with the mid race move. It was a welcome win for long time stable clients Gold Stable, who had Gold Reward run third the previous Friday.

Some Australian guests of Michael Rodd were on hand to witness the win and thoroughly enjoyed joining in for the winning photo, and a glass of champagne in the winners room after the race.

Michael Rodd times Gold City’s run to perfection in the Class 4 over 1800m on Sunday 20th.

MISS LEAVES THEM IN HER DUST

Highly promising three year old filly Miss Dusty, put an unlucky debut second behind her, when winning the $85,000 restricted maiden over 1200m on Friday 11th of May, showing a blistering turn of foot that left her rivals in her wake in the home straight.

Bred by long term stable client Greg Perry, Miss Dusty is out of the now deceased mare Asciano Miss who has had three foals, all winners in Singapore and include stable mate Golden Sword and poly track horse of the year Nova Swiss. Greg bred Asciano Miss to Swiss Ace in her first two years before a mating with Reliable Man, produced a lovely grey filly, now named Miss Dusty.

Raised in New Zealand, before crossing the Tasman to mature in Australia, Greg decided to race her in Singapore, and she arrived as a mature three year old. That patience would appear to be going to reap handsome dividends as the strong filly looks to have a very promising future in Singapore.

Jumping from the awkward barrier of 12, jockey Michael Rodd had Miss Dusty quickly out of the gates, and was up on the speed behind race-leader Gridiron.  Miss Dusty always looked to be traveling on the bridle with jockey Michael Rodd riding her on a piece of cotton despite having no cover throughout the race. Sitting quietly on Miss Dusty, Rodd cruised to the lead half way up the straight, before giving the filly her head, and she exploded clear to win by 3 lengths, with Rodd easing her down in the final 50 meters.