Tottie runs a cracker!

Racing brings together many people from all walks of life, and many life long friends are made. Nick Johnston, Paul Robbins and Glenn Whittenbury all met through racing in Singapore and after enjoying each other’s success on the track and company off it, decided that they should race a horse together. Thus, with long time stable client Greg Perry a partnership was formed to race a filly by So You Think out of the mare Palos De Lago that was purchased at the 2016 Gold Coast National Yearling sale.

Named Cracking Tottie, which loosely translates to Beautiful Girl, the filly entered the stable in June 2017. Showing plenty of promise on the training track she was sent to the races with only one trial under her belt in November with the hope that while fresh a short distance of 1200m would suit. Finishing down the track, she was sent for a break and with a first up 5th in February she then racked up two seconds and two thirds from her next four starts.

Having escaped major injury with a barrier mishap, being scratched and having to return to the trials, Tottie did look well placed with a step up in distance to 1600m. After flirting with that maiden win for a while, Cracking Tottie finally smashed the door wide open under an inspiring ride from Michael Rodd in the $38,000 Kranji Stakes D race over 1600m on Friday night 21st of September. A daring mid race move was made where Rodd swept around the field off a slow tempo and then pulled clear in the straight to win by a widening 2 lengths.

Cracking Tottie Stable members Paul Robbins and Nick Johnston were on hand to enjoy the victory.

With her first win now under her belt, she has a tick over $70,000 in prize money in the account for the Cracking Tottie stable and with the confidence gained she should add substantially to this in the near future.

Sir Isaac back in Winners Stall

Talented Dream Ahead gelding Sir Isaac produced a barnstorming finish to claim the Kranji Stakes A over 1200m on Friday 7th September. Ridden for the first time by New Zealand (and now Singapore based) Alysha Collett, Sir Isaac had to overcome a good field which included race favorite and 9 time winner Distinctive Darci.

Collett allowed Sir Isaac to settle at the tail of the field in the 1200m scamper, and with a light weight and big sprint, it was just a case of whether Sir Isaac could reel in the pack. Collett came with a brilliantly time run to land the prize. On hand to witness the win were Nick Johnston, Paul Robbins and friends which included racing enthusiast Mr Ho.

 

Sir Isaac steams home to win the Kranji Stakes A on Friday September 7th.

Sir Isaac hadn’t greeted the judge since August 2017, but has been a model of consistency. Knee surgery to remove a small knee chip early in the year, had sidelined him, but a huge first up run over 100m on August 17 where he ran second, showed that he had made a complete recovery. A horse that possesses enormous natural ability, Sir Isaac looks certain to add more wins in the very near future.

Raced by Greg Perry and Singapore ex pats Nick Johnston and Paul Robbins, Sir Isaac has now had 3 wins and 9 placings a has earned more than $300,000 in stake money. Greg Perry enjoyed a weekend double with his classy filly What’s New winning on Sunday 9th.

DIVIDED HOUSE A NEW MUM

Former Kranji galloper and stable favorite Divided House gave birth to her first foal this week. Retired from racing and returning to Australia for Divided House stable manager Mark Chadwick, it was decided by Mark that her first “date” would be with new Snitzel stallion Wandjina who stands at Newgate Farm. Wandjina defeated a crack field to win the Australian Guineas at Group 1 level. The resulting mating has produced a lovely athletic filly.

Divide House’s first foal. A filly by Wandjina.

 

Divided House was from the first crop of boom stallion I Am Invincible, and was a great advertisement for Singapore racing, having raced 23 times for 5 wins, 6 seconds and 3 thirds for stake money of over $314,000. The Divided House Stable colour’s are currently being flown with distinction in Singapore through the deeds of exciting mare Filibuster, a winner of 3 of her 6 starts, and the consistent gelding Tales Of Summer who has had two wins and numerous placings this year.

Filibuster currently flying Mark Chadwick’s colour’s in Singapore.

 

Over the past couple of  years Mark has been setting up a 150 acre horse property in Western Australia which he has named Shelbourne Park. Divided House joined her older half sister Zac Seduction which Mark purchased after she finished racing in Singapore, as part of his current 8 strong broodmare band. Zac Seduction has a two year old colt by Choisir which Mark sold at the yearling sales, and has a yearling by Casino Prince and is in foal to Divine Prophet. Divided House’s next date will be with Newgate’s stallion Extreme Choice, himself a Blue Diamond winner.

horse of the year turf club

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.