Click above to watch Trafalgar Legacy winning in Singapore for Basil Marcus
(Photo : Summerhill Stud - Footage : Signapore Turf Club)
SGD75,000 Class 3 Stakes
Singapore, Turf, 1600m
9 January 2011
South African trainer Basil Marcus and Australian jockey Ronnie Stewart are proving a successful combination in Singapore after notching up their second winner this past weekend when Trafalgar Legacy took out the SGD75,000 Class 3 Stakes over 1600m on Sunday.
The victory was Trafalgar Legacy’s first in nine starts in Singapore having been successful once in two starts in South Africa before his arrival.
Marcus produced a great training feat, jumping Trafalgar Legacy up in grade from Class 4 company, at the same time relishing a weight drop.
“He had been extremely unlucky in a number of his races so far,” said Marcus. “It is deserved reward for the horse. I thought that by putting him up into a Class 3, it would be a benefit for him with the drop in weight. With his misfortune in his previous races he hasn’t been able to recover with the weight that he has been carrying. I’m just delighted for the horse to have finally broken through for a win and I’m also delighted for the connections which include Newbury Racing and Summerhill Stud.”
Marcus also praised the winning ride of Ronnie Stewart who judged the pace “beautifully”.
Stewart said it wasn’t his plan to go out and lead but he was happy to do so when he did find the front.
“I have ridden Long Haul a few times and I thought if I could track him I would have too much zip for him,” said Stewart. “When he (Long Haul) hesitated in going to the front I was happy to do so. I got it pretty easy and held him together for as long as possible. I was happy to stack them up and he showed a good turn of foot when I asked him for the effort. I don’t think he’s finished with winning races here just yet.”
Having five minor placings to his credit - three seconds and two thirds from eight starts prior to Sunday’s victory, Trafalgar Legacy had banked almost SGD50,000 (ZAR 265,000) in prizemoney.
A four-year-old Australian-bred entire by Rock Of Gibraltar from Toolighttoquit mare Lady’s Light, Trafalgar Legacy took his prizemoney to around SGD95,000 (ZAR 500,000)with this success.
Extract from Basil Marcus Racing
TRAFALGAR LEGACY (AUS) (Rock Of Gibraltar (IRE) - Lady’s Light (USA) )
4 Year Old Chestnut Colt
Owner : Newbury Racing Stable
Trainer : Basil Marcus
Jockey : Ronnie Stewart
Win Time : 1:35:85
Singapore Career Record : 1 Win, 7 Places, 9 Starts
Singapore Career Earnings : SGD95,000 (ZAR 500,000)
Trafalgar Legacy is a graduate from the Summerhill draft of the 2008 Emperors Palace Ready To Run Sale.
JOHN OF ARCH