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Recent Stable Winners

  • VISIONARY

    Friday 13th December, Class 5 (Division 2), S$ 35 000.00

    1200 meters, Polytrack, Winning time - 1:13.03

    Ridden by Jockey Ivaldo Santana

    Well done to the Winning Owner - Benny Khor

  • SPINNING SUCCESS

    Sunday 24th November, Kranji Stakes D, S$ 35 000.00

    1400 meters, Turf (Good), Winning time - 1:23.33

    Ridden by Jockey Manoel Nunes

    Congratulations to the Winning Owner - Don Herrick

  • BINGO

    Sunday 24th November, Class 5, S$ 35 000.00

    1100 meters, Polytrack, Winning time - 1:06.06

    Ridden by Jockey Manoel Nunes

    Well done to the Winning Owners - HAPPY SONG Stable

  • WEOWNA FLYER

    Friday 22nd November, Class 5 (Division 2), S$ 35 000.00

    1600 meters, Polytrack, Winning time - 1:40.89

    Ridden by Jockey Manoel Nunes

    Congratulations to the Winning Owners - Paul Pang and Omie Rangabashyam

  • I LIKE

    Friday 8th November, Class 5, S$ 35 000.00

    1900 meters, Polytrack, Winning time - 1.59.63 

    Ridden by Jockey Manoel Nunes

    Well done to the Winning Owners - I LIKE Stable

    Manoel Nunes drove I LIKE out of the barriers to take up a position on the rail in behind the leaders. 

    They kept this position for most of the race, maintaining a comfortable beat in behind the leaders.

    Turning for home Nunes held his rail position and slipped up the inside of the leaders to put I LIKE into the race with a fighting chance.

    In a driving fight to the line, I LIKE kept his nose in front at the wire to score his third career win.

  • SPINNING SUCCESS

    Sunday 27th October, Open Benchmark 53, S$ 35 000.00

    100 meters, Turf (Good), Winning time - 1:23.13

    Ridden by Jockey Manoel Nunes

    Congratulations to the Winning Owner - Don Herrick

    Jockey Nunes chased SPINNING SUCCESS from his outside barrier and gained valuable ground at the start to find the rail in behind the leaders.

    Content to hold this position until the home turn, Nunes then produced SPIINING SUCCESS for his run, and under a strong ride, drove him to the winning post to score the horses third career win.

  • DON PLATENSE

    Friday 25th October, Open Benmark 74, S$ 75 000.00

    2000 meters, Turf (Good), Winning time - 2:03.96 

    Ridden by Jockey Manoel Nunes

    Well done to the Winning Owners - Stitch Hutton, Mike Horner, Wesley Tong and Choo Thiam Huat

    Don Platense fights for Gold Cup berth

    Craig Brennan
    27/10/2013

    Trainer Michael Clements is hoping former Argentinian galloper Don Platense can force his way into the Longines Singapore Gold Cup following a determined victory in the $75,000 Open Benchmark 74 Stakes over 2000m on Friday night.

    Providing Brazilian jockey Manoel Nunes with a winning treble, Don Platense scored by a neck from Danger Zone (Alan Munro) with Super Junior (A’Isisuhairi ‘Harry’ Kasim) a length-and-a-quarter away third.
     

    The victory of Don Platense provided Clements with a winning double for the evening, having won earlier with Flying Mission, ridden by Nunes, from just two runners on the program.

    Don Platense came to Singapore as a well credentialled galloper from Argentina, having won five of his 12 starts.

    But the five-year-old didn’t acclimatise to the conditions in Singapore after his arrival and Friday night’s success was his first in nine starts, a victory that Clements hopes might enable him to gain a start in the Group 1 $1.35 million Longines Singapore Gold Cup over 2200m on November 17.
     
    Arriving in Singapore as an entire, Clements was forced to geld Don Platense in an effort to entice the best from the five-year-old.
     
    Nunes took Don Platense to the lead, but turning for home Clements thought the gelding was a spent force and was preparing himself for another defeat.
     
    But Don Platense rallied strongly under Nunes and fought back after being headed in the straight.
     
    “He took a long time to acclimatise when he first got here,” said Clements. “We eventually made the decision to geld him.
     
    “Tonight was his third run following his gelding operation and he’s turned his form around.
     
    “I’m really happy with that win tonight. He looked beaten at the top of the straight but he fought back really well.
     
    “I believe he did this on a few occasions in Argentina before he came out here, but he’s a fighter and he showed that tonight.
     
    “Hopefully the handicapper will be kind to him and find a place in the Gold Cup for him, but if not then maybe now that he’s found his form we can look at some of the bigger races with him next year.”
     
    Nunes said he thought he was beaten when headed soon after turning for home but added the gelding had plenty of heart.
     
    “He’s a big horse that is pretty one-paced but tonight it was a pretty strong staying effort,” said Nunes.
     
    “There didn’t look to be a lot of pace in the race and from that barrier I was happy to go to the front. Harry started to apply the pressure from the 700m and after coming into the straight I thought I was in some trouble.
     
    “But he dug really deep and fought off Super Junior and then the second horse made a run at us and he dug even deeper.
     
    “It was a very good win tonight and it’s great to get a winner for these owners.”
     
    By Not For Sale from Great Stampa, Don Platense had collected almost US$100,000 in prizemoney from his five wins in Argentina before coming to Singapore and from his nine starts since, which has seen him register one win and one minor placings, he’s collected just over $50,000 in prizemoney for owners, the Indigenous Stable.
     
  • FLYING MISSION

    Friday 25th October, Restricted Terms Maiden, S$ 65 000.00

    1200 meters, Polytrack, Winning time - 1:11.2

    Ridden by Jockey Manoel Nunes

    Congratulations to the Winning Owner - Danny Wong and the BROOKBY Stable

    Flying Mission right on target on debut

    Michael Lee
    25/10/2013  

    ​Newcomer Flying Mission reproduced his sound barrier trial form to get off the mark in style at his debut run in the $65,000 Restricted Maiden race over 1200m on Friday night.

    Ridden by Manoel Nunes, the Argentinian-bred three-year-old by Key Deputy enjoyed a dream run on the rails behind the well-fancied Power Lin (A’Isisuhairi Kasim). When the latter suddenly hung out badly from the 700m, Nunes needed no second invitation to send his mount through the gap.

    In a matter of a few strides, Flying Mission ($25) kicked clear to head for home an easy 3 ½-length winner from Southern General (KT Cheng) with Flying Neko (Corey Brown) running on late for third another one-quarter-of-a-length away. The winning time was 1min 11.2secs.

    Trainer Michael Clements said he had taken his time with Flying Mission after he landed from Argentina last December, but his latest barrier trial runs had given him enough confidence for a forward showing on Friday.

    “It’s been a while since he’s been with us. He was still immature when he arrived in our stable, and I’ve given him all the time he needed to get his fitness level up,” said Clements.

    “He trialled well at his last couple of trials. He showed a lot of pace and speed.

    “On his trackwork, he gives me the impression he is more of a seven-furlong horse or miler, but he did show speed in his trials, and I thought he would run well tonight.

    “In the end, it was a pretty impressive win, and I hope he can go on to better things from that first run.

    “I will probably keep him to six furlongs for now and will only look at stepping him up in distance further down the road.”

    Nunes said he did feel Flying Mission was not without ability when he first sat on him in a barrier trial, but probably just needed a bit more time to hit his straps.

    “I first rode him in a barrier trial. I felt he had some ability, but he was only 70% there,” said the Brazilian jockey.

    “I didn’t ride him at his second trial, but when I rode him at his pacework, I could tell he had improved. He’s a big chestnut, but I did tell Michael he had a good horse in this one.

    “I thought today would be a bit short as I feel he’ll be better over longer, but he showed speed in his trial and he jumped very well tonight.

    “He put himself in the right spot and when the other horse (Power Lin) started to hang out, he just went for the gap and he won easily in the end.”

    Flying Mission is raced by the Brookby Stable, an outfit which has been a long-time owner with Clements and who does share other Argentinian-breds with the Happy Song Stable.
  • PADDY O'REILLY

    Sunday 20th October, Class 5, S$ 35 000.00

    1800 meters, Polytrack, Winning time - 1:53.54

    Ridden by Jockey Lisa Allpress

    Well done to the Winning Owners - Steven Low, Adain Doyle, John Kee,
    Yeo Piah Cheng, Joshua Tan, Henry Chew and Tom Townson and partners

    Paddy O'Reilly Jumped well from the barriers and settled back around midfield during the early and middle sections of the race.

    "I sent him early as I know he does not have a sprint and he would just keep on rolling " commented Jockey Lisa Allpress.

    This turned out to be a winning move by Allpress, as after sending Paddy O'Reilly to the front before turning for home, he kept rolling to hold on and win.

  • INSPIRE

    Sunday 20th October, Class 4, S$ 55 000.00

    1800 meters, Polytrack, Winning time - 1:52.75 

    Ridden by Jockey Corry Brown

    Congratulations to the Winning Owners - Steven Low, Peter Ugland, Val Low, Henry Chew, Mal Ryan and Tony and Peter Callipari

     

    Brown straight back in business

    Michael Lee
    20/10/2013

    Settled at the rear, Inspire only started to take closer order inside the last three furlongs, coursing out wide to be within striking distance at the top of the straight. 

    Inspire looked like he held the bigger momentum as he joined Borsalino (Manoel Nunes) and Trading Gold (Barend Vorster), but the latter two proved harder to shake off than expected. To make the issue look even more uncertain, Bowie Knife (Alan Munro) and Bungae (Bernard Fayd’Herbe) were also still well in the mix, though slightly further back.

    But Inspire ($19) did not shirk from the task as he finally edged clear for a three-quarter-length win from Borsalino with Trading Gold third another half-a-length away.

    “I may have stoked him up a bit too early, and he was probably there to get beaten,” said Brown.

    “But he finally found his gears and was too good in the end.”

    Clements also thought Inspire had peaked on his run when he seemed to be making heavy weather of it at the furlong mark.

    “It looked like he was making hard work of it at the 200m, but he kept finding and ran away from them in the end,” said Clements. “He did it the hard way, but it’s worked out pretty well under the circumstances. 

    “He’s done a good job as it was also a step-up in class. He’s won an Initiation, then ran in a Benchmark 53 and now he’s won in Class 4.

    “I will take him through his grades, in similar Polytrack races over that sort of distance. That seems to be his go.”

    Costing NZ$30,000 as a yearling, Inspire, a four-year-old gelding by Keeper out of Goldilocks, has now brought his stakes earnings over the $70,000 mark for the Inspire Stable.

     

  • WEOWNA FLYER

    Friday 6th September, Class 5 (Division 2), S$ 35 000.00

    1600 meters, Turf (Good), Winning time - 1:36.26

    Ridden by Jockey Joao Moreira

    Well done to the Winning Owners - WEOWNA Stable

    WEOWNA FLYER broke well from the barriers and thereafter Joao elected to settle him towards the back of the field for the early part of the race.

    Midway through the running of the race Moreira elected to slowly make up ground on the leaders, and thereafter switched WEOWNA FLYER out wide when turning for home.

    The horse liked the space available to him by racing on the outside of the field up the straight, and ran on strongly under a powerful ride to get up on the line for his first career win.

    WEOWNA FLYER'S victory formed win number 7 of Joao Moreira's record making 8 wins from 8 rides for the card.

  • GOLDEN MISSION

    Sunday 18th August, Kranji Stakes D (Division 1), S$ 35 000.00

    1200 meters, Polytrack, Winning time - 1:11.99

    Ridden by Jockey Manoel Nunes

    Congratulations to Winning Owner - Danny Wong and the BROOKBY Stable

     

    GOLDEN MISSION bounced out well from the barriers and settled back off the pace, tracking the leaders in a midfield position for most of the race.

    He was travelling well under Jockey Manoel Nunes throughout the race. Manoel then started to make ground on the leaders before turning into the home straight.

    Once straightened, GOLDEN MISSION galloped away from his field to the line for a comfortable win.

    This is GOLDEN MISSION's first win in Singapore, following up on 1 win from 3 race starts in Argentina.

  • INSPIRE

    Sunday 11th August, Initiation, S$ 65 000.00

    1700 meters, Polytrack, Winning time - 1:46.48

    Ridden by Jockey Manoel Nunes

    Well done to the Winning Owners - Steven Low,
    Peter Ugland, Val Low, Henry Chew and Mal Ryan

    A fall and then high-five for Nunes

    by Michael Lee
    11/08/2013

    Plucky Jockey Manoel Nunes could not have bounced back from a race fall in Friday’s last race in more emphatic fashion when he rode 5 winners at today's Sunday’s meeting.

    Inspire, a four-year-old son of Keeper prepared by trainer Michael Clements, was the only one Nunes has been associated with from Day 1.

    “I knew him quite well already as I’ve ridden him at all his previous four starts. I knew all along he was the kind of horse who needs further,” he said.

    “The best way to ride him is to keep chasing him to put himself in the race. Today he broke just fair, but I was still happy where he was as it was a small field.

    “I was happy to be following the favourite, No 7 (Verglatica), and around the 700m, I had to get out as the horse in front of me was stopping.

    “I still had plenty of horse left, but when he hit the front, he was inclined to stop. I guess he’s still very green, but he will certainly improve and will definitely go up to 1800m.”

    Clements was also delighted Inspire, a horse who races in his colours under the Inspire Stable, has confirmed his recent signs of improvement to hit the target at his fifth outing.

    “He’s always wanted more ground and the first test over Polytrack worked out good as well,” said Clements.

    “He’s a late maturing type who will get better over a bit of ground. I must say he’s been picking up with each race, but he’s been running into pretty strong opposition at his last couple of races.

    “I saw he was a little slow to jump today and in the first 400m he was outpaced as they went pretty fast in front. But once he was able to get into a good rhythm after the first bend, he travelled good and finished off nicely.”

  • SULMONA

    Friday 19th July, Class 4 (Division 1), S$ 55 000.00

    1200 meters, Polytrack, Winning time - 1:11.76

    Ridden by Apprentice K A'Isisuhairi

    Congratulations to the Winning Owners - SULMONA Stable

    SULMONA burst through the barriers from a wide gate and paced well to race up on the speed. 

    She railed, settled one back and switched out on turning for home. 

    SULMONA then sprinted powerfully away from her field to run home a comfortable winner.

    This was SULMONA's 5th career win, and brought her stakes earnings to in excess of S$ 270 000.00.

  • CAPTIVATE

    Sunday 14th July, Class 4, S$ 55 000.00

    1400 meters, Turf (Good), Winning time - 1:22.19

    Ridden by Jockey Manoel Nunes

    Well done to the Winning Owner - Joshua Tan

    CAPTIVATE bounced out from the barriers well. Jockey Manoel Nunes was then content to lead the pack in 2nd place, behind the run away pace maker.

    On straightening and once balanced, CAPTIVATE ran away from his opposition under the guidance of Nunes, who kept him going stongly to the line for the horses second career win.

    CAPTIVATE won in a good time, and looks suited to the sprints over 1200 and 1400 meters. 

  • PINT SIZED PRINCE

    Friday 24th May, Open Benchmark 53, S$ 35 000.00

    1200 meters, Polytrack, Winning time - 1:11.82

    Ridden by Jockey Manoel Nunes

    Congratulations to the Winning Owner - Swen Johnson

    PINT SIZED PRINCE exploded out of the gates from a wide barrier, jumping a length clear of his rivals, and went on to take the early lead. 

    After the first furlong, Jockey Manoel Nunes was able to ease him and allow the race favourite, THAT'STHEONE, to track up on his inside and lead.

    Thereafter PINT SIZED PRINCE settled on the leaders outside until turning for home. 

    At the top of the home run in, PINT SIZED PRINCE bolted away from his field to run home a comfortable winner by 2.3 lengths.

  • ORIENTAL PEARL

    Sunday 5th May, Open Benchmark 53 (Division 2), S$ 35 000.00

    1000 meters, Polytrack, Winning time - 59.44 

    Ridden by Jockey Mohamed Airy

    Well done to the Winning Owners - FLORIDA Stable

    ORINETAL PEARL broke well from the barriers and showed good early speed to find the rail and sit on the inside girth of EL PATRON, the leader.

    On turning for home he shot clear of his field, and sprinted to the line to notch up a comfortable win in this Claiming Riders event for Jockey Mohamed Airy.

  • Sunday 28th April, Class 5 (Claiming Riders), S$ 35 000.00

    1400 meters, Turf (Yielding), Winning time - 1:24.44  

    Ridden by Jockey M Suhaimi

    Congratulations to the Winning Owners - CHRISTOPHER G Stable

    ZENA broke well from the barriers and was then reined back to sit in behind the leaders.

    She settled about 4 lengths behind the leader, one off the rail.

    On turning making the turn for home, Jockey M Suhaimi waited until the 400 meter mark to produce her for a run.

    She went clear of her field and survived a late challenge from GOOD DAY to hold on and win by a nose.

  • Sunday 24th March, Inglis Two Year Old Stakes, S$ 90 000.00

    1000 meters, Polytrack, Winning time - 59.85  

    Ridden by Jockey Ivaldo Santana

    Well done to the Winning Owners - HAPPY LIFE Stable

    Tashi becomes first Argentinian-bred to land 2YO feature

    Michael Lee
    24/03/2013

    The race may have been sponsored by a major Australian outfit, but it was a strong international flavour that took over the $90,000 Inglis Australian Easter Sale Stakes (1000m) with the success of Tashi on Sunday.

    The two-year-old son of Johannesburg is an Argentinian-bred colt prepared by Zimbabwean-born Singaporean trainer Michael Clements and was ridden by Brazilian jockey Ivaldo Santana in the second Leg of the Singapore Golden Horseshoe series.

    The Happy Life Stable was, however, not eligible for the $30,000 bonus up for grabs as Tashi was not an Australian-bred. Tashi was one of three Argentinian-bred two-year-olds along with four Australian-breds who made up the seven-horse field, becoming the first juvenile hailing from the South American continent to clinch a two-year-old feature in Singapore.

    One of the best away, Tashi ($35) pounced from barrier No 1 to take up the running from Easy Money (Sam Subian) with Super Six (A’Isisuhairi Kasim) making a line of three right on the outside.

    Tashi galloped on at a decent clip to cart the field as a fairly bunched-up group into the home straight, save for his stablemate Speed Mission (Alan Munro) who had been clearly outpaced from the start. The moment Santana let rip, Tashi opened up for a two-length break but started to noticeably shorten strides inside the last furlong.

    Rikioh (Danny Beasley) emerged from the pack and looked like he could give his trainer Theo Kieser another success in the two-year-old series following Rappor in the first Leg, but the winning post arrived on time for Tashi who held on by a short head from Rikioh. The other Kieser runner Neutrinos (Barend Vorster) ran third another three lengths away.

    The winner clocked 59.85 for the 1000m trip on the Polytrack.

    “He’s a bulky and compact type of horse who came here on the heavy side. We’ve managed to take a bit of weight off him, but he’s got stronger and stronger and has shown us plenty of ability since arriving,” said Clements.

    “We didn’t really push him at his barrier trial (4th on March 13), but he still ran good. He will come on from whatever he did today.

    “Being by Johannesburg, he’s a typical sprinter. I’m pretty happy with my other runner (Speed Mission) as we knew he will be looking for more ground. He ran on well at the end.”

    Clements, whose best result in the Golden Horseshoe series was probably Three Rings Trophy winner Totality’s second place in a leg two years ago, said he had a few more Argentinian-bred juveniles waiting in the wings.

    “I have about five of them in the barn. The others are taking a bit longer than these two, but they’ve acclimatised well,” he said.

    Santana said he had always liked Tashi from the moment he jumped on his back.

    “I ride him all the time. He’s a very strong horse,” said Santana.

    “He had a good jump today and I was confident he would be hard to beat when he turned in front at the top of the straight.”

  • PINT SIZED PRINCE

    Friday 22nd March, Class 5, S$ 35 000.00

    1100 meters, Polytrack, Winning time - 1:05.23

    Ridden by Jockey Manoel Nunes

    Congratulations to the Winning Owner - Swen Johnson

    PINT SIZED PRINCE jumped well from the barriers and settled well, on the quarters and one out from the leader.

    He maintained this position during the running, in a race run at a moderate pace.

    Turning for home he kicked clear of his field and kept rolling to win under a well judged ride from Jockey Manoel Nunes.

  • GREAT LIGHT

    Sunday 11th March, Open Benchmark 89, S$ 95 000.00

    1100 meters, Polytrack, Winning time - 1:06.01

    Ridden by Jockey Joao Moreira

    Well done to the Winning Owners - HAPPY SONG Stable

    Smart Argentinian bred makes Light work of rivals again

    Michael Lee
    10/03/2013

    Argentinian bred galloper Great Light reproduced his last start winning effort to score another slashing win on Sunday.

    Stepped up to Open Benchmark 89 company in a race over 1100m, Great Light (Joao Moreira) who had come from the rear to take away the top prize at his last run over a similar distance in a Class 3 race three weeks ago, was just as authoritative in the way he raced away today inside the last 100m, scoring by just under two lengths from the dead-heating pair of Fighter Jet (Shafiq Rizuan) and Rapido Star (Ivaldo Santana).

    Rank outsider Bionic Boy (Tengku Rehaizat) looked like he could upset the applecart when he hit the front at the 300m mark, but could not keep up to eventually finish fourth, another 1 ¼ lengths away. The winning time was 1min 6.01secs.

    A heavy thunderstorm and lightning forced the race to be delayed by an hour, and while trainer Michael Clements was not too worried about how the All-Weather track would ride, he did have some concerns about Great Light’s headgear.

    “I thought about taking off the blinker-pacifiers when it started to rain heavily,” said Clements. “But he needs the blinkers.

    “I once took them off another runner after it started raining, as the pacifiers of a previous runner were covered up with kick back after the rain. I discussed this with Joao, and we eventually decided to leave them on.

    “I think that as it had stopped raining for a half an hour, the track had drained better this time.”

    It proved an astute decision as the Pure Prize five-year-old never looked uncomfortable in spite of the atrocious conditions, aided in large part by some expert navigation from his rider.

    “I was a bit worried that a lot of sand will get stuck on the net of the pacifiers, but I was able to race him in a spot where he was not getting much kick back,” said Moreira.

    “He handled the track very well and I kept riding him along in the home straight. We got a clear run, but then he took a while to change his stride.

    “Luckily, he responded to my riding, and he was just too good in the end. He’s a very nice genuine horse.”

    Clements said he had not mapped out any ambitious plans for the Happy Song Stable owned gelding, who has now recorded four wins, all on the Polytrack, from 15 starts. A previous one time winner at his only start in Argentina, Great Light has now taken his prizemoney past the $210,000 mark.

    “I’ll probably keep him to similar races on Polytrack, and if he goes through his grade, I may look at a feature sprint for him at some stage,” he said.

    “This horse has stepped up and he likes the Polytrack.  He’s not the easiest of horses to train as he lightens up with racing and I have to space his runs.

    “He lost seven kilos from his last win, but he still won well today. He was up against a strong field and he’s measured up  comfortably.”

  • TOTALITY

    Sunday 17th February, THREE RINGS TROPHY (Gr3), S$ 200 000.00

    1400 meters, Turf (Soft), Winning time - 1:22.49

    Ridden by Jockey Alan Munro

    Congratulations to the Winning Owners - CLASSICAN Stable

    Totality back in winner's circle in Three Rings Trophy (Gr2)

    by Michael Lee
    17/02/2013

    Underrated galloper Totality reaped the full benefit of a three-month spell to claim his first Group success when he landed the $200,000 Group 3 Three Rings Trophy (1400m) on Sunday.

    Not seen since his fourth place to Dujardin in a 1400m Kranji Stakes B race on November 11, the strapping chestnut was sent to the paddocks in a bid to get him to settle better – and that strategy seemed to have paid off, to the great delight of his trainer Michael Clements and connections, the Classican Stable.

    Totality ($68), who used to score imposing wins from the front as a three-year-old, took the shortest way home by sticking to the rails, bursting late under British jockey Alan Munro to score by a half-length from Touch Of Class (Ivaldo Santana) with Savannah Dancer (Joao Moreira) third, another half-a-length away. The winning time was 1min 22.49secs for the 1400m on the Turf Short Course.

    Savannah Dancer was the first out of the gates before City Lad (Manoel Nunes) speared over on the outside to break away to a commanding lead.

    But Nunes immediately applied the brakes, which caused a bit of a bunch-up a the 1000m, with Hot Gold (Steven King) left with no other choice but to drive forward and sit outside City Lad with Running Tall (Barend Vorster) next in the running line.

    Savannah Dancer had in the meantime dropped to the rear while Totality was enjoying a cosy run on the rails towards the rear. Favourite Speedy Cat (John Powell) was not out of his ground either, running midfield and waiting for the home turn to produce his acceleration.

    Turning for home, City Lad was still showing the way, but was quickly reeled in by Speedy Cat while Touch Of Gold and Totality were poking their noses up on the inside and Savannah Dancer was also making a strong bid on the outside.

    At the 100m, the race could have swung in any direction with at least four runners still in with a realistic chance of landing the Group 3 event, but Totality lifted the best on the inside to sneak in first across the line.

    Clements said Totality's time spent on the sidelines was a key element in Sunday’s triumph.

    “He’s always had a huge amount of potential, but we’ve had to teach him to settle back all the time,” said Clements.

    “He was just too strong in his races and I thought I’d just give him a spell. Though he came back fresh, he was a lot more relaxed.

    “I didn’t trial him last week as I didn’t want him to fire up, but at the same time i wanted to keep him nicely tuned up for his return.

    “To win first-up out of the paddock was just a credit to his qualities today. He was too keen in the Guineas, but I’d like to get him over the mile again at some stage.”

    Munro, who was coming off the back of a Group 1 win across the Causeway when he secured the Group 1 Tungku Gold Cup aboard Rebel Fury in Kuala Lumpur last Sunday, said the inside draw (two) was a major factor in getting Totality to harness all his raw energy into more productive results.

    “He had no luck last year as he often overraced when we pushed forward from a wide draw,” said Munro.

    “Most of the time, he’s drawn 13 or 14 and is caught deep and we had no other choice but to go forward. He’s such an aggressive and attacking type and he was a spent force when he raced like that.

    “It’s the first time he’s got a low draw today and he was able to switch off better on the rails. He was also off in weight, which helped too.

    “There was no plan to stay there (on the rails) and at the top of the straight, that was where he was. He was a bit hesitant and just thought about it for a bit, but once he went, he was too good and won.”

    A New Zealand-bred four-year-old by Danroad, Totality has now racked up four wins and seven placings from 19 runs for prizemoney in excess of $370,000 for the Classican Stable. 

  • GREAT LIGHT

    Sunday 17th February, Class 3, S$ 75 000.00

    1100 meters, Polytrack, Winning time - 1:05.06

    Ridden by Jockey Manoel Nunes

    Well done to the Winning Owners - HAPPY SONG Stable

    Great Light shows blinding acceleration

    by Michael Lee
    17/02/2013

    A scorching pace in the $75,000 Big Easy Class 3 race over 1100m on Polytrack saw Argentinian-bred galloper Great Light regain his winning form on Sunday.

    With Hard Stuff (Koh Teck Huat) and Raleigh (Tan Wei Li) going helter-skelter upfront, and Ronnie Brown (Steven King) tracking up right behind, it was almost predictable a backmarker would prevail at the business end.

    While Raleigh duly disappeared from the race at the top of the straight, Hard Stuff was showing a lot more enterprise as he held on tenaciously until odds-on favourite Ronnie Brown levelled up in the 200m and swept past him. But down the outside, Great Light ($56) came swooping in with a late rush to win going away.

    Though a little surprised by the way Great Light returned to the winner’s line, Clements said he had always harboured big hopes for the now four-time Kranji winner, who won at his only start in Argentina.

    “I’ve always thought he had a good future here, but he’s not an easy horse to train,” said Clements.

    “He lightens up and loses condition when he races. It’s hard to manage him and place him in his races. I’ll probably keep him to 1200m races for the time being".

    “But leading up to today’s race, I felt he would run a good race, as he had risen to his correct weight, but I didn’t expect him to win the way he did".

    “I guess the fast pace suited him as they were all coming back to him.”

    Nunes said he derived plenty of benefit from the first leg-up he had aboard Great Light at his previous outing.

    “He’s a lazy horse who needs to be pushed hard throughout the race, but the main thing about him is he is a bit field-shy,” said the Brazilian rider".

    “When I rode him for the first time at his last start, he didn’t want to take a run inside the others. Again, he was not comfortable inside runners today and I just let him go to the outside and that worked better for him".

    “I gave him a slap around the home turn, and he quickened very well to win a good race".

    Great Light has now brought his earnings past the $160,000 mark for the Happy Song Stable.

     

  • I LIKE

    Friday 15th February, Class 5, S$ 35 000.00

    2000 meters, Turf (Yielding), Winning time - 2:09.09

    Ridden by Jockey Danny Beasley

    Congratulations to the Winning Owners - I LIKE Stable

    I LIKE jumped well from the barriers, and surged up to be with the leaders going into the first bend. Thereafter he settled one back and one off the rails. The slow sectionals that followed suited him, as he maintained a comfortable gallop through the back stretch.

    Travelling well into the second bend, Danny Beasley increased the tempo and started to pull away from his field on turning for home.

    He maintained a strong run to the line and held on for a well judged win by half a length from Alvito, with Wo Ai Ninn a nose back in third.

  • CAPTIVATE

    Sunday 3rd February, Initiation Plate, S$ 65 000.00

    1200 meters, Polytrack, Winning time - 1:12.40

    Ridden by Jockey Greg Cheyne

    Well done to the Winning Owner - Joshua Tan

    New silks get Clements off the mark

    Michael Lee
    03/02/2013

    Sporting Clements’ new stable colours of brown and beige checks – first worn by Power Angel last Friday - that have replaced the old red and black and white checked sleeves, the four-year-old gelding by Kingmaker carved out his win from the start when he was able to overcome a wide alley to dictate terms before drawing clear for a 1 ¾ length win from First Scoop (Tengku Rehaizat) with Real Steel (Davy Bonilla) third another 2 ¾ lengths away.

    The 4 year old gelding by Kingmaker carved out his win from the start when he was able to overcome a wide alley to dictate the race terms and then draw clear for a 1¾ length win from First Scoop (Tengku Rehaizat) with Real Steel (Davy Bonilla) finishing third, another 2¾ lengths back.

    Wearing blinker/pacifiers for the first time, Captivate, who ran 3rd at his race debut on 4th January, again began smartly from his outside gate, and was then caught in an early speed battle with Brilliant Deal (Alan Munro), Ready Fortune (Joao Moreira) and Eclair Sensation (Manoel Nunes).

    Cheyne pushed on and then slowed the early pace after the grey gelding was able to cross onto the rails after 300m. Brilliant Deal and Ready Fortune who shared joint $16 favouritism with Captivate, took a trail in behind him, but they both had had enough by the home turn when Captivate shot clear. Captivate kept racing away to reach the line well clear of the fast-finishing First Scoop.

    “This horse is an okay type - he needed his first up run and he has done well to win at his second race start. He is bred to race over a lot further, but we'll keep him over 6 or 7 furlongs for now", said Michael Clements.