7 May 2018

Country Warrior Brings Up 23

Purchased prvately from stable clients of the Shane Baertschiger stable, the talented Country Warrior was having only his fourth start for Premier Racing Partnerships on Sunday night when sent out at very good odds for jockey Oliver Placais over 1200m, becoming the 23 win for the PRP team in 2018.

In a mid-field position, the son of Markane showed great fihght to gather in the leaders to record his second win for the team.

Having earlier ridden winner for the lee Freedman stable, his 600th in fact, Placais was extremely happy to record a double at Kranji on the night.

“On Country Warrior, Shane told me to let him settle in fifth or sixth spot and let him stride along, and he should come home for me.

“I had a good spot behind Matthew’s (Kellady) horse (Montaigne, Country Warrior’s stablemate). At the 200m, I knew I had them covered when I peeled him to the outside, but I had to really whack away with him.

“I’m really glad I’ve won my first race for Shane. He’s given me a few rides before, but this is my first win for him.”

Baertschiger might not use “The Conductor” (Placais’ nickname owing to his distinctive high-handed whip wielding) all that often, but they certainly combined well to fine-tune that first hurrah together.

“They didn’t go hard at his last race, he was off the bit when they took off and he got beaten four lengths. I told Olivier that he shouldn’t look at the book, but look at the video,” said the Australian handler in reference to Country Warrior’s last start when beaten in sixth place to Webster.

“Today, there was a more genuine pace to the race, and he finished off very well.”

While Placais was hitting new heights on Sunday, so was Baertschiger. Country Warrior has also sprung him to the top of the Singapore trainer’s premiership log, now sitting on 25 winners, one clear of long-time leader Michael Clements, who drew a blank over the weekend.

Baertschiger’s better-fancied half of his duo, Montaigne ($27) was actually shaping up as the yellow jersey provider when he collared race-leader Unconquered (Glen Boss) and surged to the front 300m out, but it was the one the yard had not really expected to get the money who stole his thunder.

Argentinian newcomer Eagle Eye (Barend Vorster), who was sent out as the $15 favourite for Ricardo Le Grange, looked a solid chance after figuring prominently throughout, but probably lacked that competitive dash (last race was in October 2017 when victorious in Argentina over 1400m) to settle for second best, half-a-length away. The Kajorn Petch Racing No 6 Stable-owned colt by Pure Prize will surely come on from that first local outing.

Montaigne hung on for third place another 1 ¼ lengths away. The winning time was 1min 12.31secs for the 1200m on the Polytrack.

A six-year-old gelding by Markane, Country Warrior has now recorded two wins and five placings from 14 Kranji starts for stakes earnings past the $130,000 mark for the Premier Racing Stable. He amassed A$70,420 for his previous Australian connections courtesy of a handy record of one win (1250m at Canterbury) and five placings from 13 starts in Sydney when trained by champion trainer Chris Waller.

With opportunities available in a few runners, head to the Avalbale Shares page on a wedbite by clicking here, then touch base with Wade Burridge on wade@pracingp.com for further information on how to get involved.


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