Bordeaux Wins Again in Singapore


17 December 2013

Pencarrow Racing had a winner in Singapore last night with Bordeaux (NZ) (Sir Percy) prevailing in a S$55,000 Class 4 event over 1200m to record his second win in Singapore for trainer Laurie Laxon.

It was the second win in the short four-race career for the three-year-old gelding having won on debut by an impressive four lengths.

The son of Derby-winning sire Sir Percy started as race-favourite for Australian rider Corey Brown who settled the horse outside the leader in the early stages of the race.

Challenges came as the field swung around the corner with Bordeaux dropping back to third as he was put under pressure by Brown. The gelding responded and lifted himself back to the lead and held off the strong challenge from the second horse, Golden Mission, to win by half-a-length.

“He will just go through the grades for now, we will keep it simple for him and he is obviously going to stay a bit so we will take it step by step,” commented Laxon.

“I have an older half-brother to the horse called Precisely, who is by Align, who has won two races from seven starts and is very smart.

Bordeaux is out of the unraced mare Almaviva (Catbird) and is a half-brother to another promising Pencarrow Racing galloper Atacama (Pentire) who finished a respectable fifth in the Group 2 Waikato Gold Cup on Saturday.

“Being by Sir Percy Bordeaux will probably be at his best when he gets up to 1600m,” commented Laxon. “He is out of an unraced Catbird mare that Jim Gibbs trained that he said was one of the best he has had but something went amiss and she never raced. She in turn is out of Pavan who ran second in a New Zealand Oaks.”

Bred by Peter and Philip Vela, Bordeaux is raced in Singapore by Peter Vela. His four raceday starts have seen him finish in the first three every time.

Almaviva foaled a colt by Savabeel this season and was covered by first season and dual hemisphere Group 1 winner Reliable Man.