Scone trainer Scott Singleton saddled-up a runner at Royal Randwick on Cup Day and on Sunday heads for the first time to Warren, also known as the ‘Randwick of the West’.
Singleton’s first visit could be a memorable one too with three massive chances including with recent stable recruit Playard who contests the annual Cotton Cup (1600m).
Playard, a grandson of Caulfield Cup runner-up Lisa’s Game, arrived at Singleton’s yard in supreme order having won his last start (literally) for prior trainer, Luke Hilton in the nation’s horse capital on October 23.
‘’I have only had him for two weeks, he was in great order when he came straight from the races here the other day,’’ Singleton said.
“I have been happy with him. The couple of gallops that I have given him I have been pleased with. They weren’t outstanding but they were good work and he is going there a fit and healthy horse.
“I think it is the race for him. He is a 72 rater up here now which makes it a bit tricky trying to place him without carrying a heap of weight and he is obviously one win out of Highway grade so he is in-between where you have nearly got to run him in these Country Cups.
‘’I reckon he will run a mile because he jumped good and went to go forward the other day and then did a little bit of work and when the jockey gave him a drag to come back, he just really switched off behind them,’’ Singleton said.
Trainer Scott Singleton will have three live chances when he heads to Warren.Source:News Corp Australia
“Looking at the horse, I would say (the 1600m) is the right thing for him.’’
Another new addition to the stable that has settled in especially well is Pink Patina who is unbeaten in both starts under Singleton’s management.
‘’She surprised us a bit because she sort of wasn’t showing us a lot but mares in form can sometimes go to a better level than maybe their ability allows them too,’’ he says.
‘’Both jockeys that have won on her have come back and said that she will win again because she got to them quite easy then wanted to pull up a bit once she got in front.
‘’She is in good order, she goes up in grade again but she carried the 59kg the other day.’’
Singleton is naturally eager for his well bred Tavistock mare Charlton Park to earn some reward for recent luckless efforts including an eye-catching run in a TAB Highway at Rosehill in the dying days of September.
‘’She hasn’t had a lot of luck but she probably makes her own bad luck,’’ Singleton says. “She hasn’t been getting beaten far and it looks a winnable target for her on Sunday.’’
Charlton Park lines-up in the Richardson Sinclair Class 2 Handicap over 1600m with Billy Cray having his fifth ride on the mare aiming to go better than his two seconds on her at Scone and Mudgee respectively.
Can I Am Capitan make an incredible return to the winner’s enclosure.Source:News Corp Australia
COMEBACK CAPITAN MORE THAN JUST A PET
Well-credentialled gelding I Am Capitan was supposed to be in a paddock on Sunday as a pet but when his former trainer Dean Mirfin dropped in for a friendly catch-up he didn’t just see a horse, he saw a racehorse.
And so the son of I Am Invincible is back to doing what he does best — competing; straight out of ‘early retirement ‘ and into the co-feature Warren Jockey Club Sprint (1200m) on Sunday in the central west.
“He went to a girl just to have a good life. She was going to ride him and do that sort of stuff with him but he just started to get a little bit strong,’’ Mirfin explained.
“And then her husband said to me ‘you wanna have a look at him, he is charging around the paddock and he looks a million dollars and he wants to come back into work’.
“He loves the stable routine and loves the life of being in a stable and getting looked after so I thought oh well I will have another quick look at him.
“I said to them when I gave them the horse that if ever you can’t keep him, give him back to me because he is a stable favourite and we love him and we will find another home for him.
“When he came back in we just started to poke along with him. He has been in work for quite a while now and had a good trial in him so he is ready to race.
‘’The horse is just in magnificent condition,’’ Mirfin says.’’You won’t see a better presented race there at the moment than him, he is glowing, he is loving life and he looks a million bucks.
“He has still got a bit of a belly on him because he hasn’t raced for a long time and is going to improve from the run but he is ready to race.’’
I Am Capitan has won three races from his 24 starts with nine seconds and three thirds.
In that time, he has contested eight TAB Highways placing in six of them, four of those are seconds.
A direct descendant of the late John Morish’s bonny mare Klokka, I Am Capitan showed his promise early on finishing second in a Hawkesbury maiden on debut behind future Group 1 winner, Daysee Doom.
Originally published asWarren: Singo’s three-card flush looks a winning hand
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