Sunspeed-bred rookie Rafaello has scored a courageous win in Singapore for Mungrup Stud champion Oratorio (Aus).
Trainer Pat Shaw and leading owner Fred Crabbia produced Rafaello to score a narrow victory over 1200m at Kranji on Friday. All the better for a placing on debut last month, he fought back when tackled in the straight to defeat Marine Treasure (Manhattan Rain) by a short-head.
Rafaello (2g Oratorio – Born Bold by Exceed And Excel) peeled off the heels of the leaders to establish a winning lead in the straight before digging deep in the final furlong. “He’s a good horse but is still green,” jockey Nooresh Juglall said. “When he hit the front he didn’t know what to do.”
Mungrup Stud’s champion sire got him from a half-sister to Sydney stakes winner Citirecruit (Citidancer) and he was a $47,500 graduate from Yarradale Stud at the 2014 Perth Magic Millions. “It was a gutsy win – he’s a lovely horse,” Shaw said. “We will consider putting him over a bit of ground later on.”
Class colt Lucky Street has been instrumental in propelling Oratorio to a fifth WA 2YO premiership this season winning the G2 Karrakatta Plate, LR Perth Stakes and Perth Magic Millions Classic.
Oratorio will stand at Mungrup Stud for an $11,000 (inc gst) fee this year.