Timely Reminder for Upcoming NZB Ready to Run
Media Release - Monday November 11

Melbourne Cup-winning hoop Craig Williams jetted in to Singapore on Sunday to partner Mr Clint for champion trainer Lee Freedman and the combination proved lethal as they snared the spoils in the S$1 million Dester Singapore Gold Cup (2000m).

Mr Clint is a Karaka Ready to Run graduate Raced by Mr Clint’s former trainer, Laurie Laxon, in partnership with Oscar Racing’s CK Phua, the five-year-old gelding has now won five races and in excess of S$1.8 million in prizemoney after Sunday’s success.

Freedman praised Williams for a masterful ride, enabling Mr Clint to slide forward and pressure race-favourite I’m Incredible when rounding the home bend before fending off Gold Strike and Countofmontecristo.

“He turned his form around in the lead-ups and then he had a set-back before his last race and I thought the ride was appalling,” Freedman said.

“That’s why I changed jockeys and thank God I did, because this guy (Craig Williams) could walk on water this week.”

Bred by Sir Patrick and Lady Justine Hogan, Mr Clint has failed to find the winner’s circle since his success in the S$1 million Singapore Guineas (1600m) last year. The son of Power placed in last year’s Singapore Gold Cup, as well as the Singapore Derby (1800m) and Raffles Cup (1600m)

“Since his Guineas win, he has had no luck,” Freedman said. “He has had a few leg troubles and he has had a few issues.

“He was unlucky not to win last year’s Gold Cup and then today he was given the most incredibly good ride and just showed what a good horse he can be.”

Two Group One wins, including the Melbourne Cup, and an Oaks day treble helped Craig Williams claim the title of leading jockey for the four-day Melbourne Cup carnival at Flemington last week and the hoop showed no signs of a Cup week hangover when piloting Mr Clint.

“Full credit to Lee Freedman and the owners for giving me the opportunity to ride him,” Williams said.

“The stable has prepared him really well. We had a great competitor in this fella today. We know he likes softer ground and he didn’t get those conditions today.”

Williams also paid tribute to friend and fellow rider Vlad Duric, who suggested Mr Clint was a mount worth travelling to Singapore for.

The win of Mr Clint is another timely reminder of the quality on offer at New Zealand Bloodstock’s Ready To Run Sale of 2YOs, with this year’s rendition taking place on November 20 and 21.

A $95,000 graduate of Sam Beatson’s Riversley Park draft at the 2016 Sale, where he was bought by now retired champion trainer Laurie Laxon, Mr Clint was initially sold for $52,500 as a yearling by Cambridge Stud.

Laxon was represented by son John at Kranji on Sunday.

“He has been such a fantastic horse over several years,” he said.

“Dad got him out of the New Zealand Bloodstock Ready To Run Sale and every time he has run over ground, he has just been so genuine.

“I suspect Dad’s at the beach in Whitianga. He has probably had a good catch of fish and hopefully he is enjoying this one back home in New Zealand.”

Earlier on the program another New Zealand Bloodstock graduate, Inferno, maintained his undefeated record, with the three-year-old landing his fourth career win in the S$175,000 Saas Fee Stakes (1200m).

The Cliff Brown-trained Inferno was bought by his conditioner for $140,000 as a yearling from the draft of Westbury Stud. – NZ Racing Desk


Dester Singapore Gold Cup Gr1 2000m
Singapore Track: Good Time: 2:01.02
Mr Clint
T: D L Freedman J: Craig Williams 53
5g Power (GB) x Victoria Belle (NZ) (Zabeel (NZ))
NZB Ready To Run Sale of 2YOs $95,000
V:Riversley Park Ltd
B: Mr LK Laxon
NZB Select Yearling Sale $52,500
V:Cambridge Stud
B: Stuart Hale & Co
Gold Strike
T: C I Brown J: B Vorster 50.5
5g Iffraaj (GB) x Burren Rose (USA) (Storm Cat (USA))
T: M Clements J: D Moor 57
6g Echoes Of Heaven (AUS) x Replicate (NZ) (Towkay (AUS))
NZB Ready To Run Sale of 2YOs $57,500
V:Kiltannon Stables Ltd
B: Vermair Racing
T: M Clements J: C C Wong 50
5g Makfi (GB) x Doduo (AUS) (Danehill (USA))
NZB Ready To Run Sale of 2YOs $27,000
V:Westbury Stud
B: Mr JGS Singh
Sacred Croix
T: M W Walker J: R Woodworth 50.5
5g Savabeel (AUS) x Croix Du Sud (NZ) (Howbaddouwantit (USA))
NZB Premier Yearling Sale $260,000
V:Fairdale Stud
B: Raffles Racing
Real Success
T: M Clements J: Ben Thompson 50.5
4g Reset (AUS) x La Nikita (AUS) (Desert Sun (GB))
T: S Gray J: Patrick Moloney 52
8g Elusive City (USA) x Khales (NZ) (Don Eduardo (NZ))
NZB Ready To Run Sale $100,000
V:Lime Country Thoroughbreds Ltd
B: Mr Peter Ho Leung
NZB Select Yearling Sale $80,000
V:Haunui Farm
B: NZB as agent
King Louis
T: R Le Grange J: W Pike 54
5g Medaglia D'Oro (USA) x Run For Roses (AUS) (Danehill (USA))
I'm Incredible
T: S Baertschiger J: V Duric 54.5
5g Lope De Vega (IRE) x Moment In Time (AUS) (Archway (IRE))
NZB Premier Yearling Sale $260,000
B: Aquis Farm
T: S Baertschiger J: J Powell 55.5
7g Savabeel (AUS) x Bird (NZ) (Danasinga (AUS))
NZB Premier Yearling Sale $75,000
V:Waikato Stud Ltd
B: NZB as agent
Star Emperor
T: L Dragon J: I Saifudin 51
6g Red Giant (USA) x Lotta Luv (NZ) (Dubawi (IRE))
T: H Takaoka J: Marc R Lerner 54
6m Black Tide (JPN) x Vielle Senlis (USA) (Cryptoclearance (USA))
Elite Invincible
T: M W Walker J: J P Van Der Merwe 54.5
6g Archarcharch (USA) x Dough On The Go (USA) (Bernardini (USA))
Sun Marshal
T: D L Freedman J: Joseph Azzopardi 53.5
5g Sepoy (AUS) x Mysterious Light (AUS) (Fantastic Light (USA))
MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale $200,000
V:Element Hill Innisplain Qld
B: Sun Bloodstock
Super Dynasty
T: D L Freedman J: A B Collett 50.5
5g Fastnet Rock (AUS) x Sayuri San (AUS) (Fuji Kiseki (JPN))
Blue Swede
T: S Baertschiger J: K A'isisuhairi 51
9g O'Reilly (NZ) x Hooked Ona Feeling (NZ) (Zabeel (NZ))
NZB Premier Yearling Sale $100,000
V:Waikato Stud Ltd
B: Worldwide Bloodstock
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