Fred Crabbia - Horse Of The Year Award for Rocket Man
(Photo : Signapore Turf Club)
Fred Crabbia is nothing, if he’s not one of the best supporters of racing this country’s ever known. Yet his involvement extends well beyond the borders of South Africa, particularly in his association with former South African trainer, Patrick Shaw, in Singapore. On the weekend, he earned his just reward when his world-ranked sprinter, Rocket Man, was voted Singapore’s Horse Of The Year, as well as Champion Sprinter and Champion Four Year Old.
After returning from what seemed a career-ending injury, the gelding successfully defended his title in the Lion Cup Sprint, and shared the spoils in the Gr2 Jockey Club Sprint, before narrowly going down to South Africa’s J J The Jet Plane in the Gr1 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint in December. He also just fell short in the Gr1 Dubai Golden Shaheen at Meydan in March, missing by a half length to the American, Kinsale King.
Rocket Man has a second attempt at the Golden Shaheen on Saturday, and has just left his home base for Dubai.