Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm graduate Barnato began the Singapore juvenile season with brilliant victory in the Cash Luck Stakes (1000m) at Kranji on Sunday.
Barnato (2g RedouteÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Choice Ã¢â‚¬“ Glimmers by Success Express) also picked up a bonus for his success as he was bred in Australia and purchased for $300,000 at the 2013 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Inglis accepted Barnato for the Easter Sale in Sydney last year,Ã¢â‚¬Â Lauriston operations manager James OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Brien recalled.Ã‚Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“But we opted to withdraw him and support the Melbourne Sale.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Barnato is a three-quarter brother to star filly Gold Edition who won Group 1 sprints at Moonee Valley (Manikato Stakes) and Flemington (Ascot Vale Stakes) in the OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Brien familyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s orange and emerald green colours.
Based at Corinella on the shores of Western Port Bay, Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm has a quality draft heading to the Sydney Easter Sale next month headed by a Street Cry Ã¢â‚¬“ Gold Edition colt (Lot 28).
Barnato took up a handy position off a quick clip in the Cash Luck Stakes and then produced a fine turn of foot to challenge the favourite Racer King for a three-quarter length victory.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“When youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re on a good horse like this, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s very easy,Ã¢â‚¬Â Brazilian born jockey Vagner Leal said.Ã‚Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a lot of speed in this horse and he felt quite confident before the start.Ã‚Â He has a lot of potential.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Trainer Patrick Shaw prepares the winner for South African based syndicate Nordic Racing.Ã‚Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“I felt the distance would be a bit sharp first-up but class prevailed,Ã¢â‚¬Â he saidÃ‚Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“We will eventually send him out further, possibly up to a mile.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The Cash Luck Stakes is the first leg of the Singapore 2YO Series which culminates with the Group 2 Aushorse Golden Horseshoe on May 16.