Speedy Cat kept his unbeaten record intact with another dominant display in Singapore on Sunday. The NZ bred gelding increased his winning run to four on end in the Kranji Stakes (1100m).
Speedy Cat (3g Scaredee Cat – Lane Cove by Magic Of Sydney) will now be set for the Singapore Challenge which starts with the G3 Three-Year-Old Sprint (1200m) on March 30. “It’s almost four weeks away and that will give me the chance to give him a bit of a break,” trainer Alvin Tan said. “His weight has been down but we get it back on.”
A mere $5,000 buy from Grande Vue Lodge at the 2010 NZB Select yearling sale, Speedy Cat is from an unraced half-sister to G1 NZ Oaks winner Vapour Trail (Jetball) and the Kiwi stakes winner Santagostino (Giant’s Causeway) and Encosta Diablo (Encosta de Lago).
“I wanted to lead but when he didn’t begin well I was happy to sit fourth,” jockey Johnny Powell said. “He’s done everything right so far and deserves a chance in the Singapore Challenge.
“He should be competitive but there are some very nice horses engaged like Super Easy, Better Life, Shuttle Man and Masthead.”
His sire Scaredee Cat transferred from NZ to Commercial Thoroughbreds in South Australia last year. The move kick-start a winning run for the former Waikato Stud resident back home with black-type juveniles Gold Terror and Sweet as Wilson.
Scaredee Cat (Tale Of The Cat) stands for a $3,300 service fee at Strathalbyn based Commercial Thoroughbreds. He was a G2 winner of the Ascot Vale Stakes at Flemington and hails from the same sireline as Makybe’s leading freshman Purrealist and Glenlogan Park stallion Real Saga.