Artie Schiller gelding Twickenham has booked his ticket to the G1 Singapore Derby (2000m) on July 12.
Doubts about Twickenham’s staying ability were well and truly vanquished when he won Sunday’s $100,000 Brisbane Racing Club Trophy (1800m) with a brave finish at Kranji. “We were looking for a strong run to justify entering him in the Derby,” trainer Stephen Gray said. “He ran very well today and, if he pulls up well, will be going to the Derby.”
Winning jockey Corey Brown was a little surprised by the way Twickenham found a second wind on the rails to ward off a strong challenge from OM (Darci Brahma).
“I pushed the button at the 300m mark and he really got going,” said Brown. “He started to fade after taking the lead and when OM snuck a head in front from the outside, he started fighting back. He has won both ways before, from the back as well as from a leading position but he’s better with a target.”
Twickenham (4g Artie Schiller – Lady Migaloo by General Nediym) cost $115,000 at the 2012 Magic Millions HIT Sale and he has won 5 times in 11 starts earning the equivalent of AUD 290,040 for owner Paul Hickman.
His older half-brother Black Ice (Mugharreb) won 9 races in Singapore and was Group 3 placed three times at Kranji.
Artie Schiller (El Prado) stands for a $13,200 (inc gst) service fee at Emirates Park Victoria.