SPLICE STARTS NEW CAREER

One of the stable favorites, Splice has been retired and will start a new carer in the equestrian field at the National Equestrian Center in Singapore with new and delighted owner, Andrea Vennhaus. Splice now 8 years old raced for many seasons in Singapore primarily under the ownership partnership of Tarnpirr Stable and the Evans famous Newbury Racing stable. He raced 51 times for 7 wins, 4 seconds, 6 thirds and 10 fourths, and amassed nearly $326,000 in stake money. Whilst not a top liner, he certainly was a great advertisement for racing in Singapore.

Andrea has a wealth of experience in the equestrian field, and it was love at first sight when she visited Splice for the first time about 2 weeks ago. Andrea was currently leasing a horse from the NEC, but felt he had reached his potential and was looking for a new challenge.

 

Splice was a very sentimental horse for the stable, having been one of the last horses bred by Cliff’s father Don and to carry the famous Tarnpirr Farm brand. Group 1 winners Markham, Cheviot and a host of Group and Listed winners have been bred and raised at Tarnpirr Farm.

We wish Andrea and Splice all the best, and look forward to the many updates and stories about his new pursuits.

 

DOUBLE ENDS FRUSTRATING RUN

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.

GUINEAS DAY DOUBLE

Whilst the stable didn’t add to last years Guineas victory in the 2017 edition of the Singapore Guineas, the stable did score a winning double as well as posting a further two seconds for the day. Consistent Filly Athena went oh so close in race 3, beaten in a head bobbing finish in the maiden over 1600m.

Race 5 saw new stable edition Elite Excalibur score in most decisive style in the Class 3 over 1400m. An impressive debut winner in November last year for trainer Steven Burridge the son of Fastnet Rock was then sent to Dubai where he was raced five times. On arrival Elite Excalibur was transferred to the Brown yard who had enjoyed success with Elite Performance stable’s Elite Beast and Elite Takes All.

Having to ride him a little closer to the speed due to the track favouring on pace runners, jockey Michael Rodd had Elite Excalibur settled a little better than mid field, and by the time the field entered the straight he was behind the leading bunch and ready to pounce. Once in the the clear Elite Excalibur quickly surged to the lead and his class prevailed to win by 2 lengths. The four year old’s ultimate goal will be the Singapore Derby, with a decision on what legs of the series he will contest to be made later.

 

The second leg of the stable double was Mr Fatkid in race 10, a class 4 over 1800m. After an excellent 6th in the Group 2 Singapore Three Year Old Classic, it was decided to bypass the 1600m Singapore Guineas. By New Zealand sire Mettre En Jeu, it was always the opinion of the stable that the the 3 year old gelding would be even better when produced over more ground. Given a textbook ride by Rodd, Mr Fatkid was far to strong to win by a length, and looks a promising stayer of the future.

 

A model of consistency, Mr Fatkid has now had 7 starts for 3 wins, 1 second and 2 thirds and has earned a tick over $130,000 for Fatboy Stable.

GENTLE GIANT FINDS NEW CAREER

Stable favorite Cactus Jack was retired after his last start on April 24th. The imposing five year old gelding who tipped the scales at 580kg had 10 starts for two victories. His size and quiet nature quickly endeared him to all the staff, and he will be missed around the stable.

This calm and gentle attitude, coupled with his size had the stable quickly making contact with The Singapore Riding for the Disabled. This wonderful organisation provides the opportunity for disabled people to experience the joy of horse riding and being around horses.

RDA representatives came to see Cactus Jack and quickly fell in love with him. After a vet check and discussions on his racing history, the lightly raced gelding was transported to the RDA last week.

 

Cactus Jack joins his stable mate Tenzing who also now resides at the Singapore Riding for the Disabled. Tenzing has provided wonderful service for the RDA, and his reputation helped greatly when Auric Stable allowed us to offer Cactus Jack to the RDA. Not only are we pleased that Jack has found a great home, we are delighted that he will be helping and providing enjoyment for those less fortunate than ourselves, as we sometimes can take our involvement with horses for granted.

Special thanks to Haizrin and Cindy at The RDA, and we look to visiting Jack at his new home, and getting regular updates.

 

MIGHTY POSEIDON WINS AGAIN

Olympian Stable stalwart Poseidon made it back to back victories with a sparkling win in the OB 97 over 1400m on Sunday 16th. Jockey Vlad Duric retained the mount after his excellent victory at his previous start. Poseidon made a mocjery of the step up in class to win by 2 and 3/4 lengths.

With a small field, tactics looked to very important and pre race it was decided to ride Poseidon just off the pace and within striking distance as the track up until race 6 did look to be favouring on pace runners. Duric duly obliged and had Poseidon idling just of the leaders as they turned for home and angled between the leaders upon straightening. After a brief tussle, Duric pulled the persuader and quickly put the race beyond doubt.

Olympian Stable Manager Astley Phua was again on track to enjoy his favorite horse tasting success for the 8th time from just 25 starts. Poseidon has now amassed over $520,000 and has an incredibly consistent record with a further 7 seconds. Indeed Poseidon has only finished out of the top 4 twice both of theses starts when tackling Group company. The way he is going, Poseidon may well measure up to a group class race.

Famous colours for first ride.

Stable Apprentice Muhammad Nuh bin Mohamed Komari, or Roy as he is better known, had his first race ride aboard Golden Mile in Race 10 on Sunday. Roy who has been with Cliff’s stable for more than a year, had been racking up the trial rides over the past 4 months and was granted his Apprentice jockey license by The Singapore Turf Club on April 1st.

 

Long time stable clients Gold Stable have raced horses all around the world, including having Royalty with Princess Anne riding in a race in the Yong family’s famous gold and red colours. These colours have been carried to victory in many countries and are of course very recognizable in Singapore.

 

On hand to lend support and advice were stable Assistant trainer Tim Fitzsimmons and champion jockey Michael Rodd. Roy followed instructions to the letter, and looked good riding Golden Mile to the line allowing his mount to settle a little worse than midfield before bringing him to the center of the track. Golden Mile not really suited to a wet turf track, finished off nicely with Roy riding confidently to the line.

We wish Roy all the best with his career as a Jockey, and with his hard work and willingness to learn from the best in the business in Michael Rodd, it won’t be very long before Roy is seen in the winners stall.

 

 

 

Jenny eventually got her Pearls

As is often the case in the Barree Stable Whittenbury household, a discussion took place one evening as to what Glenn and Jenny had got up to during the day. Jenny’s response was that she had gone shopping and did like an orange shirt but it was too expensive. “And what did you do today Glenn.?” Darling if you like the shirt you should of just bought it. I just worked hard in the office today……………………………………….. and ummm yes, well, ummmm, I also just bought a new yearling at the New Zealand Sales.”

Thus, a few names were bandied around for this new purchase, with “The Orange Shirt” one option considered. However, given that the new addition cost NZ $80,000, Jenny suggested that this money could of bought a nice string of Pearls, let alone a shirt!

On arrival in Singapore, the son of Alamosa out of the mare Miss Kitt Ann was then registered as Could be Pearls. On Sunday 2nd of April in the last race on the card the Class 4 over 1400m “Pearls” as he is known around the stable added yet another victory to his record and has now strung (pun intended) 3 wins in a row. Could be Pearls is a very talented 3 year old and took his record to 5 starts for a 3 wins and a second and prize money of a tick under $125,000 with his victory.

Could Be Pearls will now head to the second leg on the 3 year old series, the Group 2 Singapore 3YO Classic, the race that set the Barree owned Debt Collector on his way to stardom in Singapore. Jenny, did end up getting her pearl necklace last week, a little over 2 years since Could Be Pearls was purchased! Glenn has named the necklace “Could of been a yearling”…

 

 

 

 

DIVIDED HOUSE OFF TO STUD

Bonnie little I Am Invincible mare Divided House, left the stable this morning to enter Pre-Export Quarantine for her trip back to Australia. In March she added her 5th Victory, and took her earnings past $314,000 when she scored first up after a 131 day break in the Open Benchmark 74 over 1200m.

Purchased by owner Mark Chadwick for $9,000 as a weanling, Divided House started her career in Perth before being raced by Mark Chadwick and partners in Singapore. She enjoyed a most consistent racing career having won 5 races with a further 6 seconds and three thirds from just 23 starts. Mark who has returned to Western Australia is currently setting up a thoroughbred property in Western Australia, and Divided House will be a most welcome addition to his broodmare ranks.

Divided House will be sent to star young stallion Hinchenbrook and he’s sure to fall in love with her. She’ll join her older half sister Zac Seduction, was also secured by Mark as a broodmare after retiring from racing in Singapore. We wish Divided House a long and distinguished career as a mum!!

 

 

 

 

 

DEBT COLLECTOR LOSES NO ADMIRERS IN DUBAI

The Dubai World Cup meeting held in March every year is an invitation only meeting with horses selected from all around the world to compete. Not only are the majority of horses Group 1 or Group winners, but the incredible  International fields assembled feature the worlds most powerful owners and trainers. Owners such as Sheik Handan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Godolphin, the Aga Khan and the Yoshida’s from Japan were heavily represented.

World recognized trainers such as Aiden O’Brien, Bob Baffert, Ed Dunlop and S Bin Suroor had multiple runners. Of course with the worlds best horse flesh racing, world class jockeys were in abundance with Joao Moriera, Mike Smith, Ryan Moore, William Buick and Christophe Soumilion all making the trip to Dubai. So to gain an Invitation to compete on the world stage with those mentioned above was an achievement in itself.

 

 

 

 

Debt Collector tried his heart out in the USD $6mil The Dubai Turf over 1800m at Meydan Racecourse on Saturday evening, 25th of March. Ridden by his regular partner Micheal Rodd, DC settled in his customary position at the tail of the field. From the 1000m mark the pressure began to be applied and the tempo quickened. With Rodd having to niggle Debt Collector to keep in touch, he began to make his move at the 600m. Rounding the home turn, as per usual, Debt Collector started to go through his gears at the top of the straight and looked to be reeling in many of the runners before peaking on his run with about 100m to go. A growing boy in a man’s world, he tried his heart out and finished 9th.

As Cliff told reporters from the Gulf News, we were going from being a big fish in a small pond to the open ocean. Still a very young horse, Debt Collector arrived back safely in Singapore on Tuesday morning with his new best mate Quechua and will spend two weeks in quarantine before returning to the stable and being set for the 4 year old series. Debt Collector will return a bigger and stronger individual and should gain plenty mentally, having had his first experience at traveling internationally.

 

A big thank you must go to Barree Stable, Managing Owner Glenn Whittenbury, who all along was very supportive of the Dubai International adventure. Glenn with son Bryce and daughter Caitlin arrived on Tuesday, and took up residence at the Meydan Hotel. Family and friends joined the contingent closer to Saturday 25th, and all had a most memorable racing experience. Cliff’s son Felix was excited o meet World Cup wining jockey Mike Smith who after signing his race book, went to  his room and then presented Felix with a set of racing goggles (which were then worn for a sizable portion of Sunday!). A great training performance by Cliff to have him in Dubai in great condition rounded out a great team effort by all at the stable.

 

Special mention must go to Assistant trainer Tim Fitzsimmons playing a huge roll in all Debt Collector’s preparation late last year and this year to have him ready for his mission to Dubai. Thanks also to syce’s Boy and Naha for all the hard work and dedication with the horse in Dubai. A short break, and we’ll all see The Mighty Debt Collector back in action on his home turf in Singapore.

 

EVERGREEN SPLICE-The Perfect Advertisement

One of the stable favorites, 7 year old Splice produced another excellent performance to win his 7th race in Singapore and take his career earnings to a tick over $320,000 when saluting in the Class 4 over 1400m on Friday evening. Whilst no super star, Splice’s consistency is remarkable for a 7 year old, with him hardly ever running a bad race. With 9 minor placings and 10 fourth’s to go with his 7 wins, he again is a superb advertisement for Singapore racing and the prize money on offer here.

Regular rider Michael Rodd knows Splice as well as any jockey knows a horse, and this knowledge again proved vital in his victory. Splice always travels kindly in his races, but he has only a short sharp sprint which can be devastating when produced at the right time. After an excellent 3rd at his last start Rodd allowed Splice to settle midfield from his barrier 3 on Friday evening, and nursed him up the straight before easing him to the outside with about 200m to the finish.

First pocketing Duric aboard Mr Crowe, Rodd then gave Splice full throttle at the 200m and he wore down the heavily backed favorite and promising Noble Liaison with 50m to go. The margin of .2 of a length would of been greater as under fierce pressure from the mighty Splice, Noble Liaison rolled out over the last 100m and took Splice with him. Simply a 10 out 0f 10 ride by Rodd on Splice, a very capable, consistent and tough racehorse. We love you Splicey!!

Splice is not only much loved by stable staff, but also holds a soft spot for jockey Michael Rodd, being among Michael’s first few winners when first arriving in Singapore. Splice was bred by Cliff’s father, Don a very astute breeder who quickly booked mare Tahitian Gem to Dubawi when he was available in Australia. Now one of the world’s greatest and most sought after stallions, that foresight has certainly paid dividends with Splice now a 7 time winner in Singapore.