Sitting in the top five stallions on the Singapore General Sires table for the current racing season based on winners, Rosemont Stud’s G1 Golden Slipper winner Danzero produced a race-to-race double on Friday night.
Getting the ball rolling was the Michael Freedman-trained Flying Zero who contested the fifth race on the card over 1200m. Having his first start since March where he was a winner over 1700m, the 4yo gelding has now had seven starts in Singapore for two wins, with his five-and-a-quarter length triumph overnight being his most impressive to date.
Out of the Hurricane Sky mare Ubiquity, herself a sister to the G3 Liverpool City Cup winner Continumm, Flying Zero is a half-brother to the Listed Widden Stakes winner Horizons.
Congratulations to the connections of Flying Zero; the One Raffles Stable, on the impressive victory of their galloper and best of luck for a successful campaign ahead.
To watch a replay of Flying Zero’s victory click here.
The very next race on the card saw 5yo Danzero gelding Itiswhatitis (pictured right) record his sixth career victory in Singapore, taking out the 1900m race by half-a-length. Backing up from racing a week ago where he finished fourth over 1700m, Itiswhatitis has been a model of consistency of late, finishing in the top five at each of his last nine starts.
Trained by Tan Hor Khoon and owned by Australasian Racing and Tony Stable, the gelding is out of the Bigstone mare Lady Of The Valley, a half-sister to the G3 Kingston Town Stakes winner Greenmailer and comes from the family of G1 winners Sirstaci, Nimue and Smiling Like.
To watch a replay of Itiswhatitis winning the Kranji Stakes C over 1900m, click here.
Jockey Manoel Nunes rode both Danzero geldings to victory on Friday and was particularly taken by the victory of one of them.
“Both wins were good, but Itiswhatitis’ win was very satisfying as I’ve spent a lot of time with him,” said the Brazilian rider.
“He’s always struggled to switch legs since I started riding him and he’s such a big horse. That was why I decided to ride him in track work myself two to three months ago, so I can teach him how to change legs.
“For him to win tonight in Class 3 shows how he has improved. It goes to show how when you do the job properly on a horse, you get the results.”
As the sire of 40 stakes winners including G1 winners Niconero, Dance Hero, Fairway, Danglissa, Jymcarew and Danni Martine, Danzero is the only active Victorian-based stallion to have sired a Two-year-old Triple Crown winner with Dance Hero, and at a fee of $11,000 (inc. GST) is clearly one of the best valued stallions in the country.