IS DON……IS GOOD

Barree Stable’s racing colours which have become so recognizable in Singapore through the deeds of 2016 Horse of the Year Debt Collector, and stable mate Could Be Pearls again saluted on Sunday 29th, this time with Don De La Vega in the restricted maiden over 1400m.

The son of Loup de Vega which was purchased by Cliff at the Inglis Classic Yearling sale in February 2016 for $45,000 had only had three previous starts, and showed he had his foot on the till with a close up second to Silent Boss on October 8th. With Barend Vorster committed to another ride, apprentice I Amirul was giving the job of guiding the big gelding on Sunday.

Amirul had Don De La Vega right on the speed early from barrier rise, and after traveling about 400m took over the lead. Given a breather mid race, The Don entered the straight with Basilisk right by his side. The two had a couple of lengths up their sleeve on race favorite Tesoro Privado and settled down to an epic battle up the straight. Don De La Vega did not yield and pulled out all stops to win by a half a length, with a perfectly executed ride by Amirul.

Don De La Vega proves to strong in the Restricted Maiden

Barree Stable Manager Glenn Whittenbury has a soft spot for the Don, as he very much enjoys the attention of his owner when he visits the stable when in Singapore, unlike a certain other horse he owns which is affectionately known as the snake. The Don wouldn’t hurt a fly.  The Snake (Debt Collector) on the other hand would rather bite a finger or an ear off his loyal owner when he’s in his box and to the great amusement of staff, many have witnessed DC’s antics with his owner. Once outside his box however, Debt Collector is much more pleasant and will happily be patted and pose for photographs.

Don De La Vega on the other hand loves attention and gratefully receives the affection of his owner. Now taking his record to a win an a second from just 4 starts and a tick over $57,000 in stakes, I’m sure the Don can look forward to some more kind attention from his happy owner, and maybe an extra mint or two.

FILLY BUSTS TRACK RECORD

Progressive three year old filly Filibuster again displayed her enormous potential with a blistering win in race 7, a class 4 over 1100m. The time of 1.o4.16 seconds demolished the Class 4 record over 1100m, and set a new course record for the 1100m on the poly track. This electric time was even more impressive given rider Manoel Nunes was very kind to her over the last 100m. In fact he didn’t use the persuader at all doing the run.

Sent out a $7 favorite on the strength of her effortless debut victory on October 6th, favorite backers had some worries as the talented yet headstrong filly was again difficult to load in the gates. Again a superlative effort by Assistant Trainer Tim Fitzsimmons along with Starters Damien Kinnemont and John Pepe finally coaxed the big daughter of Ilovethiscity into the gates once Nunes had dismounted.

Drawing barrier 1, it was really just a procession from there, as Filibuster began quite quickly and assumed what may become her customary role of leading the field. Uncle Lucky after 200m tried to assume the leaders role but Nunes was having nothing of it allowing a little rein for the big filly to maintain the lead. Traveling sweetly into the straight, Nunes allowed her to balance up, before hitting the afterburners at the 300m, and Filibuster coasted to line 3 and half lengths clear in the staggering time of 1.04.16, a new track record.

Flying Filibuster breaks the 1100m poly track record on Friday evening.

Raced by Divided House Stable, Filibuster is now 2 from 2 and already pocketed over $75,000. Manager Mark Chadwick watched the race from Perth, and was thrilled with the victory. There would be no doubt that Filibuster has pulled up a lot better than the manager of Divided House on Saturday morning.

GILT EDGED GROUP 1 GLORY

Gilt Complex provided the stable with a back to back victories in the Group 1 Raffles Cup with a commanding victory under the skillful guidance of A’lsisuhairi Kasim on Sunday 22nd. A field of 12 contested the the 1800m Group 1 contest, and while the stable were confident that Gilt Complex would run well, he was friendless with punters starting the race as one of the outsiders.

The step up to 1800m, a sharp barrier trial on Tuesday and the addition of blinkers for the race all combined well for Gilt Complex. Add to that some excellent form references, and a hungry Harry aboard, then perhaps the dividend of $222 for the win were overs.

Allowed to settle just off the cracking speed set by Forever Young, Harry had Gilt Complex stalking the leader and at the 400m quickly went past Forever Young. From there it was a case of who would be the challengers with Countofmontechristo, Elite Excalibur and Lim’s Cruiser all setting out after Gilt Complex. All tried hard but in the end they were no match for Gilt Complex in the last 200m as Kasim rode hard and Gilt Comlplex out stayed his rivals

Gilt Complex had 1 and 3/4 lengths to spare over stable mate Elite Excalibur who was expertly handled by John Powell and enjoyed a return to a firmer track. Debt Collector managed sixth, whilst Laughing Gravy also felt the very firm track to bring home the field. Cliff has a great record in The Raffles Cup. He has now won the race twice, after previous runner up finishes with Clear For Action and Deep Pockets.

 

A jubilant Harry Kasim lands his first Group 1 winner aboard Gilt Complex

New Zealand owners Trish and Graham Mackie have been long time supporters of Singapore racing and their colours are best known through the deeds their champion Spalato. Whilst not on hand to witness another Group 1 success they were delighted to again see their colours salute in a feature Group 1 race in Singapore. Gilt Complex will now go on to contest the Singapore Gold Cup over 2200m.

Happy Connections enjoy the Group 1 Victory

The stable continues to be a force in the feature races in Singapore. Whilst the Raffles Cup was the first Group 1 victory this season (after 5 wins last year), stablemate Elite Excalibur added his second Group 1 runner up in the Raffles Cup to go with his second placing in the Patron’s Bowl earlier in the year. Laughing Gravy ran second in the Group 1 QE 11 Cup and Debt Collector added a Group 1 placing in the Kranji Mile to his enormous CV. The Raffles Cup quinella capped up a good day for the Stable with Tales Of Summer opening his account after a string of excellent performances in race 1.

DYNAMIC DEIMOS

A horror draw of 13 in the Class 4 over 1100m on Sunday 15th, couldn’t stop Showcasing 4 year old Deimos from making a winning return to the Kranji racecourse. Franking some excellent form which included a most unlucky 5th in the second leg of the 3 year old series, the Group 2 Three Year Old Classic, Deimos simply proved the best horse in the race.

Apprentice I Amirul followed instructions to the letter, allowing Deimos to settle mid field. Although still traveling a little wider than he had hoped Amirul had plenty of horse under him, and allowed Deimos to cruise around the turn before asking him for his final effort. In the straight Deimos showed his electric turn off foot to reel in those in front of him to win by 3/4 of a length. It was a most impressive victory given he hadn’t raced for 5 months, traveled 5 wide in running and was still carrying 57.5kg after I Amirul’s 2kg claim.

Deimos proves to good in the Class 4 over 1100m

 

Deimos took his record to an impressive  3 wins, 2 seconds and a 3rd from just 10 starts in Singapore. He has now won a tick over $152,000 for Olympian stable. The win of Deimos continues a great run for Olympian Stable who recently have had Athena, and Poseidon win in the past weeks.

POSEIDON REIGNS AGAIN IN RACING GUIDE CLASSIC

Stable favorite Poseidon added yet another memorable victory to his Singapore CV, claiming the $125,000 Racing Guide Classic for a second year running. A clearly emotion Olympian Stable Manager, Astley Phua was on hand to witness the victory of his favorite horse.

Olympian Stable started racing in Singapore initially with two horses bought in New Zealand. One was the 3 time winner Hades and the other was Poseidon now a 9 time winner of over $800,000 from 30 starts in Singapore.

A 1400m specialist, Poseidon had taken on some of the best horses in Singapore at his last start the Group 3 Jumbo Jet Trophy finding the field just to good. The Racing Guide Classic assembled a very good field of promising horses so much so that Poseidon, last years winner was sent out at the big odds of $52. It may have been the wide gate of 11 that put punters off.

A clearly delighted Michael Rodd steers Poseidon to a second Racing Guide Classic

Jockey Michael Rodd rolled forward from the jump and soon had Poseidon in a beautiful position just off the speed and from there the big gelding traveled sweetly without expending an ounce of energy. On straightening Rodd had a lap full of horse, first passing the tiring leaders before exploding clear at the 300m mark. It was a one horse affair with Poseidon well clear at the finish to record victory number 9 to go along with his 7 second place finishes. The iron horse has never been in better form, and it would be no suprise to see victory number 10 notched up in the very near future.

 

Filly busts them as first leg of treble!

Things got off to a good start for the stable in race 2 on Friday 6th October, when Filibuster put her barrier antics behind her to score a commanding win in the restricted maiden over 1100m. The stable has always had a high opinion of the half sister to former stable stalwart Singsurat, however her barrier antics have delayed her from being produced at the races.

After being scratched at the barriers at her first start, Stable Assistant Trainer Tim Fitzsimmons (together with track riders Sabri and Shafiq) with the help of Turfclub starters Damian Kinnemont and John Pepe set about the task of bettering her manners, and the fruits of their work paid handsome dividends with a well behavd Filibuster loading and standing well in the starting gates pre-race.

Drawing the outside gate in barrier 11, Jockey Manoel Nunes fired her out from barrier rise and with a superior turn of foot Filibuster quickly found the front. Allowed to settle mid race at a nice tempo, Nunes straightened the big girl for the run home before putting the afterburners on at the 300m. Filibuster had 3 and a half lengths on her rivals at the end of the race, and should improve even further as Nunes reported she was still very green. Divided House stable manager Mark Chadwick watched the race live from his equine property in Perth and was delighted with the display of Filibuster. Mark purchased the mare Moondreamer in foal to Ilovethiscity, with Filibuster the result.

Filibuster destroys her rivals in race 2

Race 4, the open maiden over 1400m saw Athena finally break her maiden status with an excellent ride from apprentice I Amirul. Unlucky at her last start, Athena had posted 3 seconds and 4 thirds from 10 starts which included a third placing at group 2 level when running in Singapore as a two year old. Throat surgery put a hold on her racing career for a time, but patience has been rewarded for the Olympian stable owned mare who has now won over $120,000. With her confidence boosting win, another victory should come in the very near future, which should see her syce Anna, beaming with pride once again.

Athena proves to good in the open maiden after a well judged ride form apprentice I Amirul

The final leg of the treble, saw Mr Consistent Gold Crown notch up another victory in the last race a class 4 over 1400m. The Gold Stable owned gelding has been a super money spinner and his fifth victory (to go along with 10 second places!) has now seen his stake money pass the $250,000 mark. Perfectly ridden by Michael Rodd, the son of Holy Roman Emperor was always stalking the leader and Rodd made a decisive move at the top of the straight, quickly taking the lead. From there it was catch me if you can, and to the delight of favorite punters, Rodd and Gold Crown held all other challenges to score a decisive victory.

A clearly delighted Michael Rodd lands the last race aboard Gold Crown

 

DETERMINED DRACO

Olympian Stable’s progressive 4 year old Draco, put a luckless first up run behind him, to land the prize in the last race on September 15th, the class 4 over 1200m. After copping a very rough passage last start to run 6th, punters still rallied behind Draco who started a $21 favorite in what was a much stronger field than last start.

Jumping from barrier 13, Michael Rodd had no real option than to let Draco drift back from his wide gate and on settling he had only two other runners behind him. With those in front starting wide runs, Rodd elected to ride for luck, cutting the corner and patiently waiting for the gaps to appear in the straight. At about the 250m mark Draco saw daylight and Rodd let rip with Draco quickly hitting the lead.

Happy Connections greet Draco inthe winners stall. His 3rd win from 9 starts.

 

On hand to enjoy the victory was Astley Phua manager of Olympian stable. Draco is a very progressive horse and the son of Falkirk has taken his record to an impressive 9 starts for 3 wins and 2 seconds and over $136,000 in stake money. Olympian Stable’s Athena ran very well earlier in the evening when an unlucky third in race 6.

REWARD FOR CONSISTENCY

Long time stable client Gold Stable’s consistent three year old Gold Reward collected his first victory after notching up 3 seconds and 2 thirds from his 5 career starts. A very short priced favorite, Gold Reward was having his second run this preparation in the 1600m maiden on Sunday 10th September.

With an excellent first up second and the addition of blinkers, the stable were very confident that Gold Reward would open his account. With stable rider Michael Rodd on board, this assessment seemed well founded as Gold Reward settled 4th in the running, and then on straightening quickly surged to a clear lead early in the straight.

Still learning his craft, Gold Reward began to coast in the last 100m, allowing the charging pack to get very close, but responded well to Rodd’s urging to hold out the challenges and record a well earned win. Rodd commented after the race that Gold Reward has a great deal of ability, but is still relatively inexperienced when it comes to putting it all together on race day.

Gold Stable’s famous colours were again seen in the winners enclosure on September 10th

Further racing should see Gold Reward fulfill his potential, after his confidence boosting win. With the ability to quicken over a short distance, he has the versatility to be ridden close to the pace, or take a sit and unleash a powerful finish. The win was a welcome change of luck for Gold Stable who have recently had other Gold Stable horses Gold Crown, Gold Hill, and Hot Gold notch second place finishes.

AUGUSTANO BACK TO BACK VICTORIES

New owners King Power Stable enjoyed their second victory in Singapore when Augustano proved to strong in the class 4 over 1200m on Sunday September 10th. Having chalked up his first win for his new Thai owners in a restricted maiden on August 20th, Augustano made it back to back wins taking his record to a now impressive 4 starts for 2 wins and a second and over $90,000 in stake money.

With stable rider Michael Rodd unable to make the weight on race day, Manuel Nunes proved a more than capable replacement. The concern going into the race was that Augustano had drawn the outside barrier, however with a fast break from the gates Nunes had Augustano in the lead after going 200m. From there the leading rider of the past two seasons rated the son of Hard Spun perfectly and on straightening he went for home and quickly dashed clear setting up a winning break which he held to the line for a most impressive victory.

Augustano surges to an impressive victory in the class 4 over 1200m, notching back to back wins.

Augastano with Barend Vorster aboard provides King Power Stable with their first winner in Singapore

On hand to enjoy the victory was racing manager Vichit Pongsriiam, whilst other connections watched the race from overseas. With seven horses in the stable and some well bred horses among these, King Power Stable can look forward to some exciting times ahead as their crop of horses mature and are placed to advantage by the stable in the coming months.

SUPER SIR ISAAC

Dream Ahead 4 year old gelding Sir Isaac made a sensational return to racing after a 96 day break after contesting the three year old series culminating in the Singapore Guineas in May. With excellent form over 1200m and 1400m in the first two legs, Sir Isaac found the 1600m of the Guineas to far, which prompted a change of tact with him to be kept to sprinting distances this time in.

The Kranji C over 1100m on Friday looked a tough assignment first up with a number of promising horses contesting the event. Sir Isaac had tuned up nicely for the event with a couple of nice trials, but was meeting some race fit up and comers. Having thrown a way a couple of races through inexperience, it was going to be very interesting to see how the now 4 year old had matured mentally.

Michael Rodd rode an outstanding race, allowing Sir Isaac to settle a little worse than mid field. Approaching the 600m, Rodd got on the back of race favorite Walking Thunder who had made his move around the field prior to entering the straight. As the horses straightened Rodd cruised up to Walking Thunder before giving Sir Isaac full bore at the 250m and he found another gear storming away to a brilliant 2.5 length victory. It was a thoroughly professional effort by Sir Isaac who went straight as a gun barrel when asked to go in the straight.

 

 

Happy Connections!

On hand to enjoy the victory were Sir Isaac stable members Nick Johnson and Paul Robbins and friends, while Greg Perry stayed up late in Sydney to watch the handsome boy storm to victory. With his second victory to add to five runner ups and one third, the ever consistent Sir Isaac has now won a tick under $200,000 in stake money, and looks to be another very astute yearling purchase for Singapore by Cliff.