Charger A Bonus For Aushorse Golden Horseshoe Final

Charger takes out the first leg of the 2017 Singapore Golden Horseshoe series (Singapore Turf Club).


There were a lot of happy faces in the crowd at Singapore’s Kranji racetrack on Friday night, following the running of the S$325,000 Group Two Aushorse Golden Horse Final over 1200m.

Australian expat trainer, Shane Baertschiger, wore the biggest grin, understandably, after his smart 2YO, Be Bee, captured the event, declaring it to be the strongest ever field in the race’s history.

Similarly, Julia Ho, the owner of runner-up, Charger, was one happy customer when presented with a cheque for S$80,000 after her Dick Turpin youngster had accumulated the most prizemoney throughout the 2017 series.

“It was a huge thrill to win this bonus. When watching the race we weren’t sure we had won it until a few minutes afterwards but it was fantastic to be told we had won this bonus,” Ho told Aushorse CEO, Tom Reilly. “It’s a great initiative by Australia to support Singapore racing.”

Charger, a half brother to Perth stakes winner, Dueton, from the multiple winning Geiger Counter mare, Californium, was snapped up for $50,000 from the Mungrup Stud draft at the 2016 Perth Magic Millions Yearling Sale.

(It was a big weekend for Mungrup Stud as, aside from Charger, the prolific West Australian farm also bred Saturday’s Listed Aquanita Stakes winner, Variation, who this season became the first horse to win the Group Two WA Guineas / Listed Belmont Guineas double).

One of nine Australian-breds making it into the Aushorse Golden Horseshoe Final, Charger came into the race with over S$67,000 in series prizemoney after capturing the first leg – the Kranji Nursery Stakes – on debut, and his second on Friday ensured the S$80,000 cheque went in his owner’s direction.

Magic Millions, along with fellow auction house, Inglis, and international transporter, IRT, are joint sponsors of the Aushorse Golden Horseshoe which is now in its 7th year.

Bonuses of S$10,000 are available for connections of eligible 2YOs in heats 3-5 and a S$50,000 bonus in the final and if a qualified horse does not win the final, the total bonus pool will be won by a qualified horse with the most prizemoney accumulated through the series, as was the case with Charger.

Any Australian-bred yearling sold at an Australian sale is eligible for the series and the scope was widened for 2017 with the inclusion of graduates from Australian ready to run sales.

Indeed, Final runners D’Great Star (originally sold as a weanling for $10,000), Captain Jamie (sold as a yearling for $21,000 before being pinhooked for $150,000 as a 2YO in training), Augustano, Whistling Win and Mokastar were all offered at the ready to runs.

With the main Australian yearling sales done and dusted for 2017, the focus now turns to the Inglis Ready 2 Race Sale in Melbourne on 4 October and the Magic Millions 2YOs in Training Sale on the Gold Coast on 10-11 October.

After the excitement of Friday’s Aushorse Golden Horseshoe Final, you can well imagine there will be quite a Singapore buyers again in attendance.

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