Wednesday, June 9, 2010


Eliza Park’s Asian representative, Lyle Plumb (left), has always had a keen eye for a horse – as the owner of 2010 Doncaster Handicap-G1 winner Rangirangdoo would readily testify.
And Lyle was at it again last Friday with promising Singapore sprinter, Super Velocity.
The Singapore Turf Club’s Michael Lee takes up the story:

An old partnership was reunited to successful results on Friday when debutant Super Velocity scored a gutsy win in the $65,000 Restricted Maiden-1 (2&3YO) race over 1400m.
The Amigo Stable were one of the first owners to join trainer Stephen Gray when he relocated from New Zealand to Kranji in 2000, but the car dealership partners had been too busy handling their business in the last 10 years to pursue their horse racing interests.
Until Gray bumped into them again and asked them if they were interested to buy a share of a new 2YO he had just bought from Lyle Plumb, purchased in Brisbane. They agreed and named him Super Velocity, presumably in reference to the speedy four-wheels that come out from their shops.
Gray however said that the now 3YO by Stromberg Carlson has more of a future in the staying caper than in sprints.
“I think he has a lovely future as a fast stayer here,” said Gray. “There was a 1200m race I wanted to start him in but I thought it might be too short for him.
“Tonight’s 1400m was perfect, though it’s always hard for any horse to win first-up over that distance.
“It’s been a long process getting him to where he is. He trialled good and behaved well with the blinkers in one of them when he ran second.
“Lyle told me to go over to Brisbane to have a look at him. He was trialling in one of those country tracks and he reminded me a lot of Imperial Green.
“There were a few more I bought there and Super Velocity was one of them. I’m glad he won for my very good old-time friends.”
Jockey Vlad Duric settled Super Velocity ($15) in third spot before taking it up the straight to sweep past Blue Condor (Danny Beasley) and score by just under two lengths.

Super Velocity (below) was originally destined to be sold at the 2008 Gold Coast Magic Millions Horses in Training Sale as part of the Eliza Park consignment, but due to the travel restrictions enforced following the outbreak of EI, the horse was sold privately via Lyle Plumb.

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