The Count WIns Again At Kranji
Undefeated Karaka Ready to Run Sale graduate Countofmontecristo became the first stakes winner for his sire Echoes Of Heaven when he made it five out of five in Singapore’s 3YO Classic at Kranji on Friday.
Countofmontecristo had made a big impression with his first four wins including the first leg of the Three-Year-Old Challenge, the Singapore 3YO Sprint (1200m) in late March.
The 3YO Classic was the exciting three-year-old’s toughest test to date, but he passed it with flying colours.
Partnered once again by his regular rider Glen Boss, Countofmontecristo raced close to the pace before shooting to a two lengths lead at the top of the straight. He was vulnerable to late challengers but fought strongly to the line to win by half a length.
“I thought today would be his biggest test, but this horse has answered in the best possible way every time we step him up,” trainer Michael Clements said.
“We knew he was looking for more ground, but it was his first time going from six furlongs to seven furlongs. It’s always a query, even if pedigree-wise, we always thought he would go further.
“It’s onwards and upwards to the Guineas now.”
The $S500,000 Singapore Guineas (1600m), the third leg of the Three-Year-Old Challenge, will be run on May 14.
Countofmontecristo’s perfect five-from-five career has so far netted his owner Joe Singh more than S$400,000 in prize-money, plus a S$50,000 bonus for winning the first two legs of the series.
That equates to more than 10 times his purchase price of $NZ57,500 at the 2015 Ready to Run Sale at Karaka.
Countofmontecristo was bred by Heather, Peter and Tom Crofskey and was offered by Kiltannon Stables at the Ready to Run Sale.
He was bought by Vermair Racing.
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