Nine-time Singapore champion trainer Laurie Laxon earned the distinct honour of lifting the inaugural $125,000 SG50 Trophy (1400m) yesterday with his star galloper Daniel.
In the race launched to celebrate Singapore’s 50th anniversary as a nation, the impressive grey son of Guillotine (Montjeu) proved too strong for his opposition to win his seventh race for owner Phua Chian Kin’s Oscar Racing Stables and take his career earnings to S$651,686.
Laxon now harbours overseas aspirations with Daniel and will target the Asia Challenge Cup (Kor-G3, 1200m) in Korea on the dirt track in Seoul with him.
The Asia Challenge Cup is an international invitation race which was won by NZ-bred Singaporean galloper El Padrino (Mr. Nancho) last year.
“I will send him to Korea for that international race which will be run on August 30th. He’s run over the Polytrack before and I thought it would suit him”.
“He won’t get a run here before he goes. I will have to start organising for that now,” concluded Laxon.
Jockey Corey Brown was also upbeat on the classy galloper’s winning effort:
“He just found another gear when I went at him, and considering the weight (58kg) he had to carry, he dug deep for a very solid win.
“He’s had two starts on the All-Weather early doors and won on both occasions. So I think he’ll be competitive in Korea.”