History repeats for Kieser and Gryphon Stable

History repeated itself with trainer Theo Kieser and the Gryphon Stable collecting the first two-year-old event of the year on Sunday.

The Australian-bred gelding Griffin led throughout to claim the $75,000 Inglis Melbourne Juvenile Stakes, the first leg of the Singapore Golden Horseshoe Series, over 1000m on the Polytrack.

The Singapore Golden Horseshoe Series is a seven race series with $1million up for grabs and culminates with the running of the Group 2 Aushorse Golden Horseshoe over 1200m in May.

Griffin (Joao Moreira) takes the first Leg of the Singapore Golden Horseshoe Series on Sunday.

Griffin also picked up a $25,000 bonus for connections as he is Australian sired and was purchased through one of the two Australian Sales companies Inglis or Magic Millions.

It was 12 months earlier that Kaiser won the same named race for owner and trainer, also picking up a $25,000 bonus.

The only difference this time was that leading jockey Joao Moreira took the ride on the two-year-old who lead throughout in scoring by a length-and-a-quarter over the dead-heaters Jackpot (Aslam Erasmus) and Zeus Thunder (Soo Khoon Beng).

The race was won at the start when Griffin was quickly out of the barriers and Moreira was able to dictate the pace, whereas stablemate and favourite Zeus Thunder was slow to jump and had to be chased along to challenge the leader.

Moreira had a good hold on the gelding to the hometurn where he allowed Griffin some more rein and he quickly put the race beyond doubt.

Although getting tired on the line he held firm to the finish stopping the clock at 1 min 01.25 secs over the dead-heaters who both battled manfully to the line.

Kieser said the victory of Griffin in collecting the $37,500 first prize and the $25,000 bonus had almost got the owners out of their purchase price of the gelding.

"I bought him at Magic Millions as a yearling and had to go to A$46,000 to get him", said Kieser.

"I thought he was a nice individual and so did a few others as there were four of us bidding on him at the time."

"The owners have almost recovered their money from the win and its great to follow on from our victory in the first two-year-old race last year with Kaiser."

Kieser has been a prolific buyer at the Australian sales over the past couple of years and has a number of two-year-olds in his stable.

"I've got a few two-year-olds in the stable that I'll be looking at stepping out soon", said Kieser.

After a winning double on Friday night, Moreira then headed off to Sydney for four rides at Warwick Farm where his had one ride finish in the placings.

He arrived back in Singapore and was home for a nap at 6am on Sunday morning and could not have wished for a better start to the day.

"I was able to get myself nice and fresh for the start today, said Moreira. I was home around 6am and was able to have a nap."

"Nothing helps you better than riding an early winner and I'm feeling pretty good so far."

Griffin is by Sequalo from the Fusaichi Pegasus mare Fupeg Magic and had been well schooled at the barrier trials by Kieser for his debut.

"It was basically like another trial for him today," said Moreira.

"He jumped so well and it was important to keep him balanced."

"I was able to get a soft lead on him and felt no pressure through the race. Theo had him very well prepared for this race and full marks must go to him."

History repeated itself with trainer Theo Kieser and the Gryphon Stable collecting the first two-year-old event of the year on Sunday.

The Australian-bred gelding Griffin led throughout to claim the $75,000 Inglis Melbourne Juvenile Stakes, the first leg of the Singapore Golden Horseshoe Series, over 1000m on the Polytrack.

The Singapore Golden Horseshoe Series is a seven race series with $1million up for grabs and culminates with the running of the Group 2 Aushorse Golden Horseshoe over 1200m in May.

Griffin also picked up a $25,000 bonus for connections as he is Australian sired and was purchased through one of the two Australian Sales companies - Inglis or Magic Millions.

It was 12 months earlier that Kaiser won the same named race for owner and trainer, also picking up a $25,000 bonus.

The only difference this time was that leading jockey Joao Moreira took the ride on the two-year-old who lead throughout in scoring by a length-and-a-quarter over the dead-heaters Jackpot (Aslam Erasmus) and Zeus Thunder (Soo Khoon Beng).

The race was won at the start when Griffin was quickly out of the barriers and Moreira was able to dictate the pace, whereas stablemate and favourite Zeus Thunder was slow to jump and had to be chased along to challenge the leader.

Moreira had a good hold on the gelding to the hometurn where he allowed Griffin some more rein and he quickly put the race beyond doubt.

Although getting tired on the line he held firm to the finish stopping the clock at 1 min 01.25 secs over the dead-heaters who both battled manfully to the line.

Kieser said the victory of Griffin in collecting the $37,500 first prize and the $25,000 bonus had almost got the owners out of their purchase price of the gelding.

"I bought him at Magic Millions as a yearling and had to go to A$46,000 to get him," said Kieser.

"I thought he was a nice individual and so did a few others as there were four of us bidding on him at the time.

"The owners have almost recovered their money from the win and it's great to follow on from our victory in the first two-year-old race last year with Kaiser."

Kieser has been a prolific buyer at the Australian sales over the past couple of years and has a number of two-year-olds in his stable.

"I've got a few two-year-olds in the stable that I'll be looking at stepping out soon," said Kieser.

After a winning double on Friday night, Moreira then headed off to Sydney for four rides at Warwick Farm where his had one ride finish in the placings.

He arrived back in Singapore and was home for a "nap" at 6am on Sunday morning and could not have wished for a better start to the day.

"I was able to get myself nice and fresh for the start today," said Moreira. "I was home around 6am and was able to have a nap.

"Nothing helps you better than riding an early winner and I'm feeling pretty good so far."

Griffin is by Sequalo from the Fusaichi Pegasus mare Fupeg Magic and had been well schooled at the barrier trials by Kieser for his debut.

"It was basically like another trial for him today," said Moreira. "He jumped so well and it was important to keep him balanced.

"I was able to get a soft lead on him and felt no pressure through the race. Theo had him very well prepared for this race and full marks must go to him.

Last modified on Tuesday, 27 June 2017 06:42

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