4 February 2018

Winning Pair Takes Premier Up To Ten

With another weekend of racing done and dusted at the Singapore Turf Club, Premier Racing Partnerships secured horses recorded another two victories on the track, taking it up to the winners of 10 races so far in 2018.

Australian jockey Michael Rodd took the lead in the Singapore jockeys’ premiership following a riding treble on Friday night, but still showed his usual humbleness, especially after his first-pin win aboard Black Swan.

Sent out as the $13 favourite, the vastly-improved son of Sebring had to pull out all the stops to overcome a very resilient Panache in the concluding stages of the $80,000 Class 3 race over 1700m.

Black Swan has taken his stakes earnings to just under the $240,000 mark for the Big Valley Stable.

Rodd praised trainer Steven Burridge for the way he has nurtured the Japanese-owned five-year-old late bloomer into a four-time winner at the last 10 of his 30 starts.

“Sometimes we put pressure on these young horses far too soon. Steve has left this one alone and it’s done wonders on his confidence,” said Rodd.

“Not too long ago, he was struggling, but look how far he’s come. He is now winning in a quality Class 3 race.

“Steve has done a good job to keep him happy. I wish I was a pair closer tonight, but the two horses in front did a fair bit of work, and I just bided my time.

“He was in a good position down the hill and once he was on his right leg, he just quickened so well.”

“I think there is a bit of maturity (to explain Black Swan’s radical transformation),” said the Australian conditioner.

“It has taken a long time for him to put it altogether. He used to throw his head in the air, but he is all good now and Michael rode him very well.

“It’s also good for Masa Otani who has stuck with both (trainer Hideyuki) Takaoka and myself for so long.”

Sunday saw back to back victories for improving four-year-old Ohyioh, who will be targeted towards the lucrative Singapore 4YO series which kicks off in June with the Group 2 Stewards Cup, before progressing to the Group 1 Patron’s Bowl and culminates with the Group 1 Emirates Singapore Derby in mid-July.

Having won his past two starts, with his only other Singapore run resulting in a narrow second on debut, the Saimee Jumaat-trained son of O’Reilly continues to improve and Sunday’s victory over Per Incharge, who was a last start three and a half- length winner, shows that the form is clearly on the board.

With Glen Boss’s mount Born To Be King taking all the attention when the leading jockey lost his irons out of the gates, Ohyioh travelled along the rails to settle on the pace and getting the run of the race.

Slowly pressing forward, the Fusion Stable-owned gelding was forced to sit off the back of Boss’s mount, and it wasn’t until the home turn that jockey Simon Noh was able to come off his heels to make his run.

Sprinting impressively to take the lead, Ohyioh maintained his lead under hands and heels riding to defeat Leticia Dragon’s Per Incharge by a half length margin, with a further length and a half back to third horse West North Hill.


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