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.

 

 

 

Dynamic Duo Claim More Group Success

The dominant force in Singapore feature races were at it again when Cliff and Michael Rodd combined to win the Group 2 $500,000 Singapore Three Year Old Classic on Sunday with Mister Yeoh. This victory was the second Group Race success of the season after Elite Excalibur’s Group 3 victory in the Committee’s Prize.

After a sensational 7 length victory on debut, Mister Yeoh ran an outstanding race in the first leg of the 3 year old series when beaten less than 2 lengths after jumping from a horror gate of 14. With the right run the stable were very confident that he’d be right in the finish in the second leg.

Jumping from barrier 10, Rodd had the handsome son of Wanted settling mid field after initially over racing in the early stages. Like a true professional Mister Yeoh got into a nice rhythm and was traveling sweetly as a cracking pace was set by the front runners. In the straight, Rodd had a lap full of horse, and with a superbly timed run the big bay exploded at the 250m and put the issue beyond doubt, with race favorite Be Bee flying late from out of the pack to grab second.

Mister Yeoh and Michael Rodd explode clear in the Singapore 3 year old Classic.

Bred and Owned by Mr Nick Turnball in Australia, the colours worn by Mister Yeoh had been prominent in Singapore previously through the deeds of the highly talented Swiss Ace gelding Fitzroy, who ran an unlucky 4th in the Singapore Classic two years ago. Nick who races Mister Yeoh with Peter Hobin and Gary Davey and friends look to have one of the most exciting horses in Singapore.

With his 2nd win from only three Singapore starts, Mister Yeoh has now taking his earnings to tick over $305,000, again showcasing the fabulous prize money on offer in Singapore. The dust will settle as Cliff and connections decide on a possible start in the Lion City Cup in May.

Another step forward for Zac Kasa

Highly promising 3 year old Zac Kasa made short work of his rivals in the class 4 over 1200m on Sunday 8th of April. Having worn blinkers in his first two starts this campaign which yielded a win and a second, Zac Kasa raced without blinkers on Sunday with a view of stretching him out further in distance in the near future with the second legs of the three year old series over 1400m and 1600m.

Jumping from his awkward gate of 10, jockey Michael Rodd allowed Zac Kasa to gather momentum before easing him across the field to take up the lead. Racing less keenly than his previous start e grey son of Reset found a nice rhythm as he cruised along with a comfortable 2 length lead.

At the top of the straight Rodd slipped big Zac some extra rein and he quickly put the issue beyond doubt, and even eased Zac Kasa down over the last 100m to record a very comfortable victory, his second from 5 starts

Rodd said Zac Kasa was still some way off the finished article despite blitzing his rivals with such a commanding authority, and he is among the more promising horses in the Brown yard. On Hand to enjoy the win was owner Dr Andy Wong and friends. Zac Kasa has now a tick under $100,000 for Zac stable and looks certain to add more to his bank account over the coming weeks.

Brown Duo to go forward in 3yo Sprint

By Michael Lee

Only Mr Hanks will be worse off than trainer Cliff Brown’s duo of Mister Yeoh and Filibuster (pictured above) when they are loaded up in the capacity 16-horse field of the $250,000 Group 3 Singapore Three-Year-Old Sprint (1200m) on Friday.

Should there be no scratching and with Emergency Acceptor My Gold drawn in six, Mister Yeoh and Filibuster will break side by side from gates No 14 and 15 respectively.

 

Not quite the starting scenario Brown was hoping for his two three-year-olds in the first Leg of the Singapore Three-Year-Old Challenge, but one which is not making the typically unflappable Australian lose sleep either.


Mister Yeoh (Michael Rodd) will have to be ridden positive from his horror gate on Friday.

 

“They’ve both drawn very average. There is no other choice but to go forward and try and maintain with the speed,” said Brown.

“I think the speed will be crazy in that race, and I reckon it will set it up for a horse that sits off the pace and gets home – like Mr Clint.

“But there is no other way, my two horses will have to go forward from those gates. They are both fit and well and it will be all down to luck in the running.”

A son of Wanted, Mister Yeoh was ultra-impressive at his Kranji debut two weeks ago, but is this time facing much more robust opposition than the Class 4 Non Premier company he flogged by more than seven lengths. Raced by the same connections who owned one of Brown’s former promising three-year-olds, Fitzroy, Mister Yeoh will have his debut winning partner Michael Rodd back on.

With three starts under the belt, Filibuster has a little more racing experience than her stablemate, but she has also had a lot more exposure with barrier handlers.

A noted barrier rogue, the daughter of Ilovethiscity has, however, mended her ways after all the hard work and patience shown by all concerned. She jumped on terms when the gates crash back at all her three starts, winning her first two with Manoel Nunes astride by being up there early while she was a spent force after being caught wide at her last start when Rodd took over.

Filibuster will this Friday be ridden by a jockey who may be at his first visit at Kranji, but who certainly knows how to steer young fillies from an awkward spot to the top spot at the finish – Ben Melham.

She Will Reign drew 11 in the 2017 Golden Slipper, but in a nifty manoeuvre shortly after the start, the Melbourne jockey somehow managed to slot the Gary Portelli-trained filly onto a ground-saving run along the rails, punching right through midrace to be within striking distance of leader Houtzen upon straightening, before cutting the ribbons as they set sail towards the line.

Melham has linked up a few times with Brown when the latter was still training in Victoria, but the trainer said he had nothing to do with the call-up.

“It’s the owner (Divided House Stable) and Simon Miller (trainer in Perth) who got Ben up here to ride their filly,” said Brown.

“He’s a very good jockey and rode a few winners for me back in the days when I was still in Melbourne. It’s a sticky barrier, but let’s hope things go well for them, just like for Michael and Mister Yeoh.

“Like I said, I think they will roll along and that may well set it up for a backmarker. We’ll see.”

Incredible Memories: Gilt Complex

It’s an old adage that racing is a game of highs and lows. On Saturday March 10th evening, Gilt Complex lined up in the Group 2 Dubai City Of Gold Cup at Meydan in Dubai. After two lead up runs, Gilt Complex had been working extremely well, and the stable was very excited to see how he raced, particularly as he was stepping out to 2400m for the first time.

As the race was starting to unfold Gilt Complex was starting a move towards the leading division when suddenly rider Adrie De Vries pulled him up, with obviously something going amiss with the son of Gold Centre. News filtered back soon after the race, that Gilt Complex had broken down badly in a hind pastern and had to be euthanized.

Crowned Champion Stayer for 2017, Gilt Complex  won eight races, including the Group 1 Dester Singapore Gold Cup (2200m) and the Group 1 Raffles Cup (1800m), and was placed eight times from 30 starts at Kranji, amassing more than $1.5 million in stakes money. He was crowned Singapore Champion Stayer for 2017.

Gilt Complex as we’ll always remember him, wining the Singapore Gold Cup in a thrilling finish.

Our condolences to owners Graham Mackie and Trish Dunell, who have been long time supporters of Singapore racing. Our thanks also to Jacqueline Harrison who was with Gilt Complex throughout his time in Dubai, and who felt his loss probably harder than anyone. A sad day for all, but Gilt Complex provided all with some incredible thrills culminating in his 2017 Singapore Gold Cup victory, a race that many observers believe has been the most exciting race staged at Kranji.

 

Bobby lands deserved Group Success

Elite Excalibur scored his first Group win in Singapore when taking out the Group 3 Committee’s Prize over 1600m on Sunday 18th March. First up since his gallant effort in the 2017 Singapore Gold Cup when beaten a half head into third, “Bobby” as he is affectionately known built on his tremendous first up record in Singapore when downing the Mark Walker trained Elite Invincible.

With a difficult barrier to contend with, Michael Rodd produced a gem of a ride. Rodd had Bobby traveling nicely in mid field and was stalking Infantry the whole way. As the field turned for home Elite Excalibur was brought to the outside and produced a great sprint. Elite Invincible tried hard to defy Elite Excalibur, but in the end Bobby was to strong and finally had the luck go his way to land his first feature event.

With three Group 1 placings in 2017: 2nd in the Patron’s Bowl, 2nd in the Raffles Cup and 3rd in the Singapore Gold Cup, no one could begrudge Elite Stable and Bobby their victory in the Committee’s Prize which attracted the best horses in Singapore including 3 Derby winners, and the mighty Infantry Horse Of The Year in 2017. This win again underlines Elite Excalibur’s class, and he’ll prove hard to beat in many of the feature races this year.

 

With his third win in Singapore, and a host of big race placing’s, Elite Excalibur has now taken his earnings to a tick over $625,000 for Elite Stable.

Earlier in the day, the stable produced a very promising addition to the stable when Mr Yeoh demolished the field in the Class 4 over 1200m. Having done everything right in the build up to his Singapore debut, the stable were confident of victory, but the 7 and 1/4 length margin of victory has now seen a change of plans and Mr Yeoh will now contest the first leg of the 3 year old series on Friday March 30th.

Bred by Australian owner Nick Turnball, Mr Yeoh carried the same colours as the very promising Swiss Ace gelding Fitzroy, who unfortunately died last year after an accident at the spelling station.

Mr Yeoh scores an effortless 7 length victory at his Singapore debut.

 

ZAC SIZZLES AT HIS SECOND START

Highly regarded 3 year old Reset gelding, Zac Kasa made a triumphant return to the races winning the restricted maiden over 1200m on Sunday 4th of March. Having not raced since his debut 3rd on the 15th of October, Zac had proved quite troublesome with his barrier manners and has caused the stable quite a few headaches. However, B trainer Tim Fitzsimmons along with Turf Club starters Damian Kinnimon and John Pepe have worked tirelessly with Zac and their hard work paid off on Sunday.

A $220000 Easter Yearling purchase by Cliff, Zac Kasa is owned and races in the same colours as two time Singapore Champion Sprinter Zac Spirit. Mr Andy Wong of Zac Stable was on hand with friends to watch Zac Kasa win at only his second race start.

With an easy 5 length trial victory on February 22nd, Zac Kasa started a short priced favorite in the restricted maiden. Loading quickly and standing well in the gates, once the barriers were open Zac began brilliant and quickly took up the lead. Following him was the second elect Lim’s Zoom who looked to stalk Zac Kasa’s every move. By the time the leading pair had hit the straight they had gapped the rest of the field. At the 200m Lim’s Zoom challenged hard but Michael Rodd had enough up his sleeve with Zac Kasa and he held on to win by 1.3 lengths with a further 5 lengths back to the 3rd horse.

Michael Rodd steers Zac Kasa to a brilliant all the way win.

 

The relief was palapable after the race, as the stable have known for some time that Zac Kasa possesses enormous ability and it was just a matter of time for him to reproduce it at the races. The three year old series now awaits Zac Kasa, and being by Reset, one would suggest that as the distances get longer he will only get better.