Thunder, rain and heat in Singapore

17 May 2013 Comments 0



Standing next to the plastic rail, in 30 degree heat, with the rain streaming down and flashes of thunder all around may not seem like the best place to be at 5am on a steamy Singapore morning. I am however counting on the fact that the floodlights are metal and taller than me and therefore theoretically, while looking like a drowned rat, I should be perfectly safe.


With three days to go until race day and with the last of the international contenders, the Japanese horse Dasher Go Go (Sakura Bakushin O{Jpn}) having jetted in on Tuesday, it is now all systems go for the Group 1 Singapore Airlines International Cup and the Group 1 Krisflyer International Sprint.

While the assembled media huddle undercover, debating whether the media room and coffee is a better bet than the steady downpour trackside, Bel Sprinter (Bel Esprit {Aus})) won the battle to be first out on the track. With his trainer Jason Warren having arrived overnight, the gelding has an easy workout trotting and cantering on the Polytrack.  Warren is happy with his charge, adding that he would prefer a midfield draw as Bel Sprinter can be a bit slow out of the gates. Unfortunately, the racing gods must have been slightly deafened by the thunder and the gelding drew barrier 10 in the 11-horse field.


Red Cadeaux however put in a speedy finish just to get back to the warmth of his dry stable with assistant trainer Robin Trevor-Jones explaining that the globetrotting gelding dislikes the rain and had flattened his ears when he was walked out of the quarantine barn. Coming from a country where rain is more the norm than the exception, this might explain why the seven-year-old spends so much time abroad.


Despite Red Cadeaux having some opinions as to what can be considered suitable weather for track work, regular work rider Stephen Nicholson was happy with the gelding’s work and drawn midfield in barrier seven, he is a serious contender come Sunday.

Favourite Pastorius (Soldier Hollow{Ger}) did two laps at a steady canter, with trainer Mario Hofer on hand to watch the colt for the first time since his arrival. Hofer said that he thought Pastorius looked strong and that he was happy with his condition.


The only other horse to grace the turf track was the Japanese contender Dasher Go Go. Pulling hard in the rain, Dasher Go Go cantered a lap with assistant trainer Keiichiro Yasuda on board. Having arrived late, the six-year-old is having another canter on Friday, with a quick sprint up on Saturday.

Dasher Go Go lost his travelling companion when Capote Star was withdrawn from the SAI Cup.

Trying to come to up with alternative companions, his enterprising team hung a selection of soft toys all around his box. Groom and interpreter Hiroshi Ando explains: “When I was working for the Canadian trainer Roger Attfield in Florida, he told me about this trick he picked up form a dressage team. He went on to win the Breeders’ Cup with a filly named Perfect Shirl, so I thought we’d give it a try.” And if his track work is anything to go by, Dasher Go Go really seems to be enjoying his toys!

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