NZ Bloodstock’s Ready to Run Sale produced its second feature winner in as many days when Super Ninetyseven captured the G1 Raffles Cup (1800m) in Singapore on Sunday.
Super Ninetyseven (4g Show a Heart – Yabeel by Zabeel) launched a late bid under jockey Alan Munro to defeat War Affair (O’Reilly) and Wild Geese (Exceed And Excel).
The chestnut gelding was offered at the 2011 NZB Ready to Run Sale by Lyndhurst Farm and was purchased by the Joy N Happiness Stable for $125,000. His dam Yabeel is a half-sister to 1994 Cox Plate winner Solvit (Morcon).
“I hope the handicapper won’t treat him too harshly for the Singapore Gold Cup,” trainer Michael Freedman said. “He’s come a long way in a short space and his racing manners are improving all the time.
“From a staying point of view, he’s got the right sort of credentials to win a race like the Gold Cup. It looks a little easier this year with Better Life missing.”
Super Ninetyseven has now earned over S$800,000 (NZD 780,715) and the G1 Longines Singapore Gold Cup (2200m) on November 17 is worth S$1.35 million (NZD 1.31 million).
Lyndhurst Farm owner Mark Treweek also sold Savvy Nature (NZ) for $200,000 at the 2012 NZ Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale. The Savabeel gelding won the G2 Mitchelton Wines Vase at Moonee Valley on Saturday and is now a $4 equal favourite for the G1 Victorian Derby at Flemington on November 2.