Chase Me adds to dominant NZ-bred record in Singapore Derby Mon, 16 Jul 2012
New Zealand-breds ruled supreme at Singapore’s Kranji racetrack yesterday when Storm Creek gelding Chase Me led home a Kiwi quinella in the Singapore Derby, champion three-year-old Super Easy took his unbeaten Singapore sequence to 11 and half of the feature 12-race card was won by horses produced in this country.
Chase Me had useful form going into the Singapore Group One 2000-metre highlight for four-year-olds, having proven his middle-distance ability as a three-year-old and finishing fourth and fifth in the two shorter Derby lead-up races.
As it unfolded, he made a one-horse race of the classic as he emerged from the pack under champion jockey Joao Moreira to establish a break on the field at the top of the straight and then career away to hit the line eight lengths clear of Lucky Owners gelding Deep Pockets.
The win completed a hat-trick for New Zealand-breds in the Singapore Derby as well as being the sixth since Dreyfuss scored in 2004.
Chase Me, bred from the Gold Brose mare Cartier Gold by Peter Jenkins and Noeline Redfern, was a bargain $4,000 purchase as a just turned yearling by Cambridge horseman Brett McDonald at the 2008 New Zealand Bloodstock Winter Mixed Bloodstock. Just over a year later he was a two-year-old trial winner and had just one more trial before being sold on to Singapore.
“This horse is a slow developer and it’s only in the last year or so that I’ve decided that he could be my Derby horse,” an ecstatic Koh told Singapore media after the biggest win of his seven-year career. “Joao came along and he has always had a lot of confidence in that horse.”
Moreira’s fantastic season was added to yesterday with yet another win aboard outstanding colt Super Easy, who took his Singapore record to 11 straight with an easy win in the 1200-metre Gr. 3 Sg Paititi Gold Trophy.
Unlike his previous start win when he was forced to come from a seemingly impossible position, the son of Darci Brahma had a cosy run tucked in behind the speed before easing out to make his challenge and racing away to sore by four lengths from another New Zealand-bred, Quorum gelding Tin Xin. On an off track the time of 1:09.97 underlined the quality of the performance.
“He’s just a great horse to train,” said the bay’s conditioner Michael Freedman. “He can camp on them in a six-furlong race or you can ride him back over a mile and he can still get over them.
“I’ve been involved with a lot of great horses over the years including back home in Australia, but this horse would be right up there with them.”
Earlier considerations for a Victorian spring campaign had been scrapped in favour of Super easy continuing his march through local features, with the Jumbo Jet Trophy, Kranji Mile and Raffles Cup through September and October on his longer term agenda.