Rafaello maintained Australia’s unbeaten record in Singapore’s Group 3 Garden City Trophy (1200m) at Kranji on Sunday.
The Yarradale Stud-bred sprinter joins Emperor Max (2015), Faaltless (2014), Trudeau (2013), Mr Big (2012), Better be the One (2011), Rocket Man (2010) on the roll-call since the event was first run at stakes level.
“He’s getting better day by day,” winning jockey Nooresh Juglall said after the gelding chimed in to score by a half-length. “I thought he was in with a big shout and he was suited behind the fast pace. He a special horse to me – I’ve ridden him in all his seven wins.”
Trained by Pat Shaw for leading owner Alf Crabbia, Rafaello is by Mungrup Stud’s champion sire Oratorio (Aus) and was a $47,500 graduate from Yarradale’s draft at the 2014 Perth Magic Millions.
“We’ve always rated him a decent horse,” Shaw added. “If anything, he probably needed the run today and he will be better going out to 1400 metres.”
The Group 3 Committee’s Prize (1400m) will be his next assignment on September 18.
Yarradale Stud owner Ron Sayers bought his dam Born Bold (Exceed And Excel) for $110,000 from Darley at the 2007 Inglis Easter yearling sale. She is a half-sister to Sydney stakes winner Citirecruit (Citidancer) but didn’t win in two starts with David Hayes.
“Ron bought her back home and I can remember taking Rafaello down to the Magic Millions,” Yarradale manager Bernie Hamill said. “David Raphael bought him and he was a typical Oratorio – not overly tall but solid.
“Born Bold has a War Chant colt that we will catalogue for next year’s Magic Millions and she is in foal to Gingerbread Man. It will be a late foal so we will keep her at home and send her back to Gingerbread Man or City Place.”
2010 Garden City Trophy winner Rocket Man also has a WA connection in addition to being owned and trained by Crabbia and Shaw.
Rocket Man (Viscount) is from a very successful family developed by Sunspeed breeders John and Joan Blackburn. It began in the 1980s with their Kalgoorlie Cup winner Rosamoss (Moss Trooper). Her younger half-sister Dusky Rosa (Indian Conquest) foaled G1 AJC Australian Derby winner Ebony Grosve (Grosvenor) and Randwick stakes winner Macrosa (McGinty).
Besides Rocket Man, Macrosa also foaled Our Giant (Aus), a Giant’s Causeway Group 1 winner of the Mercury Sprint and Horse Chestnut Stakes in South Africa.