Southern Boss completed a hat-trick for champion Sunspeed sire Bletchley Park in Singapore on Friday night.
The Desmond Koh trained gelding has now won 7 races in 20 starts for prizemoney the equivalent of AUD 263,805. Bred by Ascot trainer George Daly, he was sold for $20,000 through the Korilya Stud draft at the 2011 Perth Magic Millions.
“I was worried about his heavy weight and the wide draw,” Koh said. “But I thought, what the heck, just go for it, get the lead and ride him for luck. Manoel (Nunes) did well and it worked out good.”
Southern Boss (4g Bletchley Park – Kopek by Fasliyev) led from barrier to box in the $100,000 Open Benchmark over 1000 metres at Kranji clocking 59.66 seconds.
“I know this horse so well,” Nunes said. “He always tries 100% and I was able to put him in front and control the pace. The others pressured us but he still had some petrol left in the tank.”
Southern Boss is a younger brother to It’s A Merc who won his fourth race for trainer Stephen Rowe at Belmont on June 7. Their yearling half-brother by Rivercrest Park sire Kendel Star was purchased by Brett Pope for $22,000 at the Perth Magic Millions in February.
Bletchley Park (Caerleon) was a multiple champion sire in Western Australia and has hundreds of wins to his credit up to Group 1 level in Singapore and Malaysia. He was imported to stand at Dawson Stud in 1993 and later transferred Lynward Park where he died in April 2011.