It was a night on the town for Victorian bred and owned horses in Singapore last Friday with Mister Yeoh winning the Singapore Group 2 EW Barker Trophy and the Group 3 Saas Fee Stakes captured by Bold Thruster.
In the EW Barker Trophy, Mister Yeoh edged out Zac Kasa in a thriller, providing expat trainer, Cliff Brown, with a quinella – while Clarton Super, winner of last year’s race, grabbed third.
A son of Wanted, Mister Yeoh is a homebred for Melbourne businessman, Nick Turnbull who owns the boutique broodmare farm, Nemaris Lodge in Romsey in the Macedon Ranges.
The dam of Mister Yeoh, Scenic mare Wai Lin, is a daughter of Turnbull’s blue hen mare, dual Group 1 winning mare Miss Pennymoney who is a half-sister to Golden Slipper winner Merlene (in turn the granddam of Group 1 VRC Oaks winner Dear Demi). She is also closely related to another Golden Slipper winner Capitalist through Champion two-year-old filly, Bold Promise.
Mister Yeoh has now won three from nine including the Group 2 Singapore three-year-old Classic and for trainer Cliff Brown, who shifted to Singapore in 2008.
“The prizemoney is fantastic and it’s a real privilege to be racing horses here in Singapore,” Brown enthused. “Mister Yeoh belongs to a couple of great mates including Nick (Turnbull) who has raced quite a few good horses with me.”
Meanwhile, Shane Baertschiger’s impressive jet-black galloper, Bold Thruster became the fifth stakes winner for Blue Gum Farm’s Turffontein in the Saas Fee.
Bred by Patrick Payne who trains the other exceptional Turffontein galloper in Widgee Turf, Bold Thruster was sold by Bucklee Farm to Singapore interests for $82,000 at the 2017 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.
Bold Thruster has now won four of his six starts and is clearly a leading contender for Singapore’s major three-year-old races in 2019 having now proven himself again in black-type company.
Being talked up as a possible future star, Bold Thruster has been described as the complete package with his South African Jockey Barend Vorster jockey commenting after his last win that “He’s got everything: Speed, acceleration and stamina!
While his trainer, Baertschiger reveals that “He’s off to the spelling paddock now and he’ll be back for the first leg of the Singapore 3YO Challenge.”