Cecconi celebrated the relaunch of his stud career in Australia with a four-length winner in Singapore on Friday evening.
The Moorookyle Park recruit was in the frame when Joe Swiper bolted in over 1200 metres at Kranji. The Leslie Khoo trained gelding showed a brilliant turn of foot to skip away from the favourite Secret Spice (Sakhee’s Secret).
“Leslie told me to put him on the pace and he might have a chance,” apprentice Rueven Ravindra said. “He gave a very good kick in the straight but I didn’t expect him to win by more than four lengths!”
Joe Swiper was placed in trials at Wanganui and Waverley for trainer Ilone Kelly before transferring to Singapore. He’s the first foal of Moylan (Dash For Cash) who was a Flemington winner for owner-breeder Rick Jamieson.
Second dam Rachael’s Pride (Akhadan) was placed in Magic Millions 2YO Classics in Adelaide and Perth and she also earned minor black-type in the LR Dequetteville Stakes.
Cecconi (Encosta de Lago) was a brilliant Blue Diamond Preview winner for trainer David Hayes before retiring to stud at Westbury Park in New Zealand.
He was repatriated to Victoria earlier this year and is about to start covering his first book at Moorookyle Park in Smeaton.
Moorookyle manager Nioka Wozny is standing Cecconi for a $3,300 (inc gst) service fee and she can be contacted on 0427 456 385.