There’s nothing new about Casino Prince siring feature winners in Singapore and his latest is a very special mare named What’s New.
The Vinery stallion has a remarkable record at Kranji with 19 individual winners at a sensational 86% strike-rate. And the cream is still rising to the top with his Singapore Horse of the Year Lim’s Cruiser on track for the July Cup Gr.1 at Newmarket on July 13.
A week later, What’s New can clean-sweep the local classics in the Singapore Derby (1800m).
The Cliff Brown-trained mare claimed the first leg in the Silver Bowl (1400m) on June 9 and she doubled up in the Stewards’ Cup (1600m) on Sunday. “She’s thriving and I was confident she would run well again today,” said Brown. “She’s so genuine and was strong at the end.”
What’s New was partnered by Ben Thompson for the first time and the visiting Melbourne jockey thanked Brown for his pre-race instructions. “We drew wide but Cliff told me not to ride her away from her pattern – just neutral – and it’s paid off.”
What’s New ranged up to Eye Guy (Bradbury’s Luck) at the furlong and had enough in reserve to hold off the favourite Sacred Croix (Savabeel). “She’s a model of consistency and is a happy horse,” Thompson added. “I was lucky to find the rails and let her switch off. My plan was to let her slide and then finish off.”
What’s New was bred by Vinery partner Greg Perry by putting Casino Prince over English-bred mare Pussycat Dream (Oasis Dream). She cost him 40,000gns (AUD 76,510) at the 2011 Tattersalls HIT Sale and her latest two foals – a Tavistock filly and El Roca colt – were also purchased by Brown at the Karaka yearling sales.
Casino Prince is the Hunter Valley’s best value-for-money sire at $6,600. He’s stands at Vinery Stud with More Than Ready ($55,000), All Too Hard ($27,500), Star Turn ($22,000), Headwater ($16,500), Press Statement ($16,500) & Pluck ($6,600) with all fees including GST.