In any sport, but perhaps more so in racing, luck plays an enormous part in achieving results. Since May 14th the stable seemed to have lady luck desert us with a staggering run of second (20) and third place finishes until Apollo and Laughing Buffalo got the winners column ticking over again on Sunday 16th July.
Patience is the key with horse racing, however to say the run of near misses was becoming frustrating for all associated with the stable was an understatement. Group 1 seconds to Laughing Gravy in the QE11 Cup and an agonizing photo finish in the Patrons Bowl with Elite Excalibur, whilst keeping the stable in the spotlight, had us all grinding our teeth. With the horses running so well, surely it could only be a matter of time!!
Apollo lined up in race 3 on Sunday 16th, a class 5 over 1400m. A very difficult horse to train, Apollo’s early races saw him over race badly, and it has taken plenty of time and hard work to get the son of New Approach to settle in his track work and races. He has run some excellent races in the past, and the enigmatic galloper was expected to go close last start as his short quote of $20 indicated.
Friendless in the betting at $120 after not firing a shot last start, Apollo settled beautifully in the run and finished the race off strongly to win by half a length. Apprentice I Amirul rode a great race following instructions perfectly, and ended a long drought for him, not having ridden a winner since February. Now that he’s opened his account, hopefully the confidence he gains will see him in the winners circle for Olympian stable again in the near future.
The second leg of the double was great reward for patience for Buffalo Stable’s Peter Lee. Starting his racing career with 3 consecutive seconds at the start start of the 2016 season, Laughing Buffalo’s progress was halted by a tendon injury, which required him have an extended period on the side lines. A very patient and cautious approach saw Laughing Buffalo re-emerge in February, taking a few runs to reach match fitness.
With weather conspiring a few times (he hates wet tracks), and some unlucky runs where he has been held up, Laughing Buffalo finally had luck go his way and put it all together with a commanding win in the open maiden over 1600m. Beautifully, handled by Apprentice I Amirul, he allowed Laughing Buffalo to settle in the last 4 in the field before positioning him on the outside when entering the straight. Laughing Buffalo extended beautifully and proved to strong winning by a length.
Nearly 20 horses in the stable are yet to make their Singapore racing debut. With a lot of horses with their foot on the till, and Group performers Sir Issac, Could be Pearls, Laughing Gravy, Debt Collector, Gilt Complex and Elite Excalibur all set for big campaigns in the latter part of the year the stable has great optimism for the rest of the season. We again thank all our loyal owners, and look forward to many coming winners.