JUSTIN Vermaak’s Green Street Bloodstock posted a breakthrough win with only its fourth run in Singapore on Sunday, becoming what is believed to be the first South African racehorse syndication company to win a race abroad.
Deadline Day, trained by James Peters and ridden by Frenchman Olivier Placais, stormed up from a position just off the pace and won going away in a field of 14 runners. He paid $269 for a win and $57 for a place, surprisingly high although the three-year-old wasn’t fancied to win on his debut.
Vermaak commented: “I am over the moon, it seems my decision to leave the comforts of home more regularly to try make a go of it here was surprisingly met with some ridicule from some quarters which is quite disappointing but the proof is in the pudding and nothing ventured nothing gained, this is just the start.
“We were surprised at how he pinged the gates, he got a sterling ride as well. In the straight he was travelling really well and then he went for the inside rail and always looked a winner. We are surprised he won this early as he still has plenty scope and being by Rip Van Winkle he should go further. Olivier (Placais) was very complimentary afterwards.
“Deadline Day will now have a week off and then we will look at a novice plate for him in about five weeks, he looks like he could pick up a few and go through the divisions, what I am most proud of is being able to deliver for our owners. The horse banked R330 000 for this win on his debut and after only four months of training fees which total about R100 000 and he is only getting started, this really highlights the earning capability in Singapore.
“A special mention must go to our owners that have joined us in the Green Street Stable syndicate in Singapore – including the owners of this horse Fred Blomkamp, Leslie Logan, Neren Singh, Roger Grant, Wayne Gordon and Sharmlin Govender. It was a big leap of faith to take when we hadn’t even had a runner and were completely unproven, yet these guys followed through and are enjoying a great moment, not a lot of owners back home can say they have had a winner abroad or in Asia, these guys can.
Deadline Day is by Rip Van Winkle from the New Zealand mare Scarlet Runner, the same dam who foaled Singapore’s former juvenile champion, Onceuponatime, nine years ago.
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