Karaka Graduate Wins Lion City Cup

Media Release - Monday October 26

Westbury Stud graduate Inferno put on what looked to be an exhibition gallop when running away with the S$400,000 Lion City Cup (1200m) at Kranji on Sunday. 

Inferno wins the Lion City Cup - image Singapore Turf Club

In his typically economical debriefing style after the country’s premier sprint, trainer Cliff Brown said the Holy Roman Emperor four-year-old was “something else”. 

A few minutes later, after emerging from the jockeys’ room, Vlad Duric said he had never ridden any horse quite like Inferno in Singapore. 


Brown had expressed some misgivings about the drop from the mile at his last victory in the Singapore Guineas (1600m) on September 26 to 1200m, taking on the cream of the sprinting crop at Kranji, mostly seasoned competitors at level weights, for the first time. 

Eased down towards the line, Inferno had two and a quarter lengths to spare from the New Zealand-bred Mr Malek with a slick winning time of 1:08.28 for the 1200m. 

Brown showed his huge relief.

“To come back from the mile to 1200m, it’s very hard to do, but he did a great job. This horse is just getting better and better,” Brown said.

“I’m very pleased. I’ll wait a while and decide what next, but to be honest, I’m not sure what is next for him. 

“There isn’t much left for him. We may wait for a Class 1 race or we may even give him a break, we’ll see how he pulls up.” 

With that facile win in the Lion City Cup, Inferno has now amassed S907,672 in stakes money for the Barree Stable. 

Out of the Redoute's Choice mare Spina Rossa, Inferno was purchased by Brown for $140,000 from the Westbury Stud draft at the 2018 Book 1 Yearling Sale at Karaka. He was a successful pinhook having been sourced from the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale for just $10,000 from the Newhaven Park draft.

The star galloper has now won eight of his nine career starts. - NZ RAcing Desk


Race Result - Lion City Cup Gr1 1200m

Singapore Track: Good Time: 1:08.28
T: C I Brown J: V Duric 57.5
4g Holy Roman Emperor (IRE) x Spina Rosa (AUS) (Redoute's Choice (AUS))
NZB Karaka - Book 1 $140,000
V:Westbury Stud
B: Cliff Brown Racing
MM National Weanling Sale $10,000
V:Newhaven Park Boorowa NSW
B: Paul Willetts Bloodstock/Buffalo & Co Ltd
Mr Malek
T: D L Freedman J: R Maia 57.5
4g Swiss Ace (AUS) x Tina (NZ) (Danasinga (AUS))
T: K S Tan J: S Noh 57.5
6g O'Reilly (NZ) x Fabulist (NZ) (Savabeel (AUS))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $170,000
V:Sledmere Stud Scone NSW
B: Theo Kieser
Zac Kasa
T: C I Brown J: I Azhar 57.5
6g Reset (AUS) x Unabated (AUS) (Encosta De Lago (AUS))
Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale $200,000
V:Newhaven Park, Boorowa
B: Cliff Brown Racing
T: M Clements J: R Woodworth 57.5
6g Savabeel (AUS) x Ahna (NZ) (O'Reilly (NZ))
NZB Ready To Run Sale of 2YOs $280,000
V:Prima Park
B: Mr DC Ellis
NZB Premier Yearling Sale $185,000
V:Waikato Stud Ltd
B: Waterford Bloodstock
Grand Koonta
T: J Peters J: L P Beuzelin 57.5
6g Dark Angel (IRE) x Wrong Key (IRE) (Key Of Luck (USA))
T: J Peters J: R Munger 57.5
7g Battle Paint (USA) x Daystar (NZ) (Danasinga (AUS))
NZB Ready To Run Sale of 2YOs $100,000
V:Regal Farm
B: China Horse Club
NZB Select Yearling Sale $32,000
V:Sedgmere Farm
B: Regal Farm
Surpass Natural
T: L Dragon J: J P Van Der Merwe 57.5
5g Elvstroem (AUS) x Lominata (AUS) (Esperero (USA))
T: J Ong J: C C Wong 56
6m Gingerbread Man (AUS) x Jestervale (AUS) (Real Jester (AUS))
MM Perth Yearling Sale $11,000
V:Cromartry Park Gingin WA
B: Magic Millions As Agent
Fame Star
T: J O'Hara J: Marc R Lerner 57.5
6g Twirling Candy (USA) x Fanlight Fanny (USA) (Lear Fan (USA))
T: D L Freedman J: K A'isisuhairi 57.5
6g Manhattan Rain (AUS) x Princess Ruhie (AUS) (Fusaichi Pegasus (USA))
NZB Ready To Run Sale of 2YOs $50,000
V:Riversley Park Ltd
B: Pride Racing
Inglis Great Southern Weanling Sale $20,000
V:Shadwell Farm, Mt Rowan
B: Hyde Park Bloodstock
Eye Guy
T: J Lim J: J See 57.5
6g Bradbury's Luck (AUS) x Lacada Point (AUS) (Giant's Causeway (USA))
MM Perth Yearling Sale $15,000
V:Ferrari Racing & Breeding Pty Ltd Serpentine WA
B: Magic Millions As Agent
T: S Baertschiger J: W H Kok 57.5
5g Zoustar (AUS) x Queen Of The Falls (AUS) (General Nediym (AUS))
Inglis 2019 OCTOBER (Late) Online Sale $190,000
V:Chris Waller Racing
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $450,000
V:Turangga Farm Scone NSW
B: David Redvers/Mulcaster Bloodstock
Street Cry Success
T: M W Walker J: S John 57.5
6g Street Cry (IRE) x Koala Bear (AUS) (Exceed And Excel (AUS))
Man Of Mystery
T: M W Walker J: M Ewe 57.5
6g All Too Hard (AUS) x Black Minx (NZ) (Lonhro (AUS))
Inglis 2018 April Monthly Online Sale $32,500
V:Ballymore Stables
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale $140,000
V:Coolmore Stud, Jerry's Plains, NSW
B: Paul Moroney Bloodstock
T: M W Walker J: I Saifudin 57.5
6g Exceed And Excel (AUS) x Maritime (AUS) (Falbrav (IRE))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $230,000
V:Newhaven Park Boorowa NSW
B: David Ellis
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