NZ Bloodstock Karaka graduate Chase Me produced the best performance of his career with an eight length triumph in the G1 Singapore Derby (2000m) on Sunday.
Chase Me (3g Storm Creek – Cartier Gold by Gold Brose) continued the Kiwi domination of the Kranji classic. He is the sixth (NZ) galloper to win the G1 feature in the past decade following Clint (2011), Race Ahead (2010), Lim’s Prestige (2007), Hello And Goodbye (2005) and Dreyfuss (2004).
Champion jockey Joao Moreira kept Chase Me under cover and in touch off a hectic pace before making a wide move on the home turn. The winner found another gear in the straight and left the field standing.
The Cliff Brown trained Deep Pockets (Lucky Owners) rounded off a quinella result for Karaka graduates albeit a long way from the winner.
Trainer Desmond Koh said the Singapore Derby was a race he has always wanted to win. “I finished second with New Rose Wood in 2010 and have finally broken my duck,” Koh said. “This horse was a slow developer and it was only in the last year or so that I decided that he could be my Derby horse.”
Chase Me was bred by Masterton based Peter Jenkins and Neoline Redfern and was purchased by Brett McDonald from Twin Pines at NZ Bloodstock’s 2008 Winter Sale for just $4,000.
The result gave former Westbury Stud stallion Gold Brose another feature result as a damsire in recent weeks following fellow Karaka graduates Little Bridge (King’s Stand Stakes) and Super Easy (Paititi Gold Trophy).
Catalogues for NZ Bloodstock’s Winter Mixed Sale, which will be held at Karaka on Friday, August 3, are now available.