Moritz Eclipse A Clear Winner

Promising Pencarrow Stud-bred Moritz Eclipse (Darci Brahma x Battocchi) has kept his winning record intact with a second win in Singapore last night in the S$75,000 Novice Stakes (1400m).

Making it two wins from two starts, Moritz Eclipse, trained by Steven Burridge, won his first start in a Restricted Maiden Stakes over 1200m in Singapore a month ago.

“It was a fantastic win,” commented Burridge. “He was well-educated in New Zealand and has adapted to Singapore very quickly.

“I am surprised at the way he won, he pulled up a bit sore in his previous race after pulling a shoe and I had to give him a week with no work, so I am really pleased with the way he won and he has pulled up well this time.

“He has now gone up to a Class 3, and for a horse that has only had two starts he has been thrown into the deep end. We will look at giving him another run mid-October and then will most likely turn him out.”

One of the first horses to leave the barriers, Moritz Eclipse, ridden by apprentice rider Harry Kasim, went straight to the lead, settling into an even tempo as he tracked the rail.

Showing the way at the top of the straight, Moritz Eclipse shot away on straightening and dashed to victory by three-and-a-quarter-length over Zululand (Fastnet Rock) in second place and Lim’s Sprint (NZ) (Swiss Ace) in third.

The three-year-old gelding was purchased by Iman Hartono at NZB’s 2014 Ready to Run Sale of Two-Year-Olds for $50,000 from Kilgravin Lodge and is now raced by the Eclipse Racing Stable.

Bred by Sir Peter Vela and Philip Vela, the son of Darci Brahma is out of dual stakes winning mare Battocchi (Success Express), winner of the Listed Matriarch Stakes and the Listed Ballarat Cup.

Moritz Eclipse is a half-brother to the winner of the Group 1 Telegraph Handicap Guiseppina (Johar) and is a full-brother to stakes placegetter Micken, runner-up in the Group 2 Wellington Guineas.

Moritz Eclipse is one of three Pencarrow Stud-bred graduates to win over the weekend with Hasselhoof (NZ) (Tavistock) winning his fourth consecutive race in New Zealand and Desert General (NZ) (Commands) winning in Australia.