Saturday, October 17, 2009


The Singapore Turf Clubs Craig Brennan was on hand to capture all the action from Lago Bays thrilling victory at Kranji (Singapore) on 16 October, when the Delago Brom 4YO equalled his own track record.

Trainer Don Baertschiger turned around what was shaping as an ordinary night when Lago Bay equalled his own track record in taking out the $95,000 Kranji Stakes B over 1000m on the Polytrack.
Baertschiger had saddled two odds-on favourites earlier in the night which had gone under.
Dan Baron was an $8 favourite in the $65,000 Restricted Maiden over 1000m and after leading knocked-up to run fifth while Just A Man slipped at the start as an $8 chance before finishing second in the $65,000 Graduation Stakes over 1200m.
Having his first start since August, Lago Bay, ridden by John Powell, scored by a length-and-a-half over Dishdasha (Mark Gallagher) with Be A Man (John Sundradas) a neck away third.
“That has certainly turned the night around,” said Baertschiger following Lago Bay’s win.
“I was disappointed with how Dan Baron tired in the straight while Just A Man slipped at the start but I thought he was a little disappointing when he finally did get clear in the straight.
“This horse (Lago Bay) showed he was right back to his best, but I must admit I did have a few concerns before the race.”
Lago Bay had shown good speed before tiring at his last two starts, once over 1200m and the latest over his favoured distance of 1000m.
“He had a bit of an infection which probably explains his previous two runs but he may also run his best races when a little on the fresh side,” said Baertschiger.
“I was a little concerned that he was up 8kg on his previous winning weight, but he was nice and fresh and well ridden by John.
“I think he’s proven that he’s just a 1000m horse tonight. There’s not a lot around for him until later in the year, so I’ll just look for another suitable race with him and keep him ticking over.”
While delighted with Lago Bay’s successful return to form, Baertschiger was equally as thrilled with the effort of the third placed Be A Man which rocketed home from the tail of the field.
Lago Bay, a four-year-old by Delago Brom from the Encosta de Lago mare Shirley’s Luvena, recorded his fourth win in 12 starts with a further five placings and took his prizemoney past the $200,000 mark for owners Bernard Lee and Paul Crawford.

Lago Bay races away to capture the Kranji Stakes.
Photo courtesy of Singapore Turf Club

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