Guillotine’s son Daniel showed he is a lethal fresh-up runner when storming home late to win the $200,000 Gr. 3 Paititi Gold Trophy over 1200m in Singapore yesterday, from multiple Group winner and race favourite Kiwi Karma (Fast ‘N’ Famous) and the in-form Wimbledon (Snitzel).
With a record of two wins and a second first-up, from three separate spells, it came as little surprise to Laurie Laxon’s assistant-trainer Shane Ellis that he scored again after an eight-month break on Sunday.
Daniel was meant to be a major force in the Singapore Four-Year-Old Challenge race series this year but plans had to be shelved after he bled in a barrier trial and was spelled.
“It was a great win by Corey (Brown) today,” said Ellis. “I told Corey that if they were to go hard in front then you should just drop him back.
“I knew we were going to have a big chance in this race as he is a class horse. But sometimes you just have to drop him back and let him find his feet.”
Brown, still beaming from his win in the Gr.1 Emirates Singapore Derby moments earlier, credited Laxon and his team for getting Daniel race ready.
“Full credit to Laurie and Shane for preparing him so well,” said the Australian hoop. “He (Daniel) is a horse that has always shown ability and I always knew he was a Group 1 horse.
The Oscar Racing Stable-owned and bred galloper settled along the fence in midfield as Flak Jacket and Happy Money took the early initiative. As the field hit the home turn, $9 favourite Kiwi Karma was the first to make her move to challenge Flak Jacket, with Wimbledon, who was coming into the Paititi Gold Trophy on the back of a hat-trick of wins, hot on her heels.
Further back in the field, Daniel was being angled out wide in search of daylight and with one furlong to go he was still two lengths behind Wimbledon and looking like he was running out of turf to catch the leading duo.
However, Kiwi Karma folded late and Daniel kept finding an extra gear to dive at Wimbledon and beat him by a short head on the line in a winning time of 1min 9.5secs for the 1200m on the Short Course. Kiwi Karma ran third a further length behind.
“We might run him in a 1400m race next, then maybe the (Panasonic) Kranji Mile, since he ran second in the Singapore Guineas (1600m) last year,” said Ellis.
With this sixth win Daniel has now won S$584,749 in stakes for Phua Chian Kin’s Oscar Racing Stables and he continues the good form shown by the progeny of Guillotine this year that include Gr.1 performer Allez Eagle and stakes winning son Beauty’s Beast, a recent winner in Sydney.