Inferno was the headline act of racing on Sunday 30th August and of the stable, as he demolished a class field in the Group 2 Singapore classic over 1400m. The meeting ended with a haul of four winners overall for the stable.
The day started well with a winner in race 1 with Miraaj, who franked his great 3rd over 1200m the previous weekend with a tough win in the class 5 1600m with Vlad Duric aboard. A recent purchase by Jass Stable (who won with Ararat Lady last week), Miraaj will now step up in trip in class 4 company.
Race 3 saw a gusty all the way win for Solar Eclipse, who ran second at his Singapore debut 3 weeks ago. Raced by Forever Lucky Stable, the Argentinian galloper started favorite, despite drawing the outside barrier. Duric rolled the dice and crossed the field to lead, and had just enough in reserve on the post to claim victory. Post race, Duric commented that Solar Eclipse became lost in the straight on his own, and would benefit even more from the run and when ridden off the pace to have something to chase.
The fourth winner was brought up in race 13 with the ever consistent Gold Star breaking through for a well deserved win. Luckless at his past few, jockey Harry Kasim got a little further back than anticipated, but came to the outside of the field at the top of the straight, and unleashed a powerful finish to win running away by a length. Purchased by Cliff for long time clients Gold Stable, the son of Redente has now taken his record to an impressive 4 wins, 5 seconds and a third from 15 starts, and earned a tick over $222,000 in stake money.
Jockey Vlad Duric smartly left Inferno out of the early speed battle upfront, allowing the big bay to drift back and smothered away a little worse than midfield. Settling beautifully for the champion hoop, Inferno eased his way into a striking position at the 400m. Given his head, Inferno produced a turn of foot rarely seen at Kranji and quickly went past the field, setting up a commanding lead with consummate ease.
Duric only used the persuader a couple of times in the straight to keep Inferno’s mind on the job. Running a sizzling 22.68secs split inside the last 400m, Inferno went on to score easing down by 1 ¾ lengths from Strong N Powerful with Mr Malek hanging on for third place. The winning time was 1min 21.77secs for the 1400m on the Short Course. With a third Group win in just 7 starts and a tick over $480,000 in prize money, Inferno will now tackle the Singapore Guineas a race that Barree Stable’s colour’s were carried to victory in by the mighty Debt Collector in 2016.
With a 5.30 start to race 12 (7.30 Melbourne time) Barree Stable managing owner Glenn Whittenbury was a bundle of nerves prior to the running Classic. Glenn, well known to many Singapore racegoers, has not been able to make his usual trips to Singapore to watch his horses due to the Covid 19 travel restrictions sweeping the globe.
Glenn has however found a new love, as he has been able to spend more time with his designer pooch Vito. With the whole of Sunday to get through before Inferno’s greeted the stater in race 12, Glenn took his mind off the race by spending some quality time with Vito. Glenn apparently had been seen at several pet fashion stores finding Vito some new fashionable accessories. With time to kill, Glenn helped Vito try on several new outfits that he had purchased for him. It would seem Vito is fast climbing the ranks of Glenn’s favorite animals, and has provided Glenn with an outlet to allay his anxiety during the Covid lockdown in Melbourne.
Friends of Barree Stable residing in Singapore were disappointed that Glenn was not able to attend the race day. Not that they like him that much, rather they enjoy the free drinks at post race celebrations.