Leading jockey Glen Boss may not have met with much luck in Sydney over the weekend, but a chance to sit astride two future exciting prospects back in Kranji on Sunday has certainly gone a long way in making up for the fruitless red-eye flight.
The Australian rider flew overnight after Friday’s races to ride Irish-bred Tom Melbourne in the A$1 million Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Randwick on Saturday, finding one better in favourite Happy Clapper (Blake Shinn). His only other ride Seababe finished unplaced.
Boss flew straight back to Singapore to honour his rides on Panasonic Kranji Mile day, and although he again played second fiddle in the first Leg of the Singapore Triple Crown series with Countofmontecristo, two of his other rides had him all abuzz.
Glen Boss steers Paparazzi to a resounding come-from-behind first-up win at Kranji, picture Singapore Turf Club
Lim’s Magic, the winner in the second race, the Stepitup 2015 Stakes, an Initiation race over 1400m, is a horse already being extolled as a potential Group winner by trainer Stephen Gray while Sydney import Paparazzi was just as impressive with the way he raced away to an easy first-up win for Shane Baertschiger in the Top Spin 2008 Stakes, a Class 4 Division 1 race over 1200m.
At the barrier trials on Tuesday, Boss was still in awe when asked about those two out-of-the-box performances.
“They are two very promising horses,” he said with a glint in his eyes.
“Paparazzi was an expensive yearling that cost A$2.2 million. I spoke to a few blokes back home and they told me he was very talented.
“He was meant to go to another trainer here, but in the end he went to Shane Baertschiger.
“He has a very good turn of speed and he’s obviously got a future here. At this stage, he’s more of a sprinter, six to seven furlongs.”
Racing as Shaheen when then prepared by father and son training partnership Peter and Paul Snowden, Paparazzi, a four-year-old by Snitzel, ran twice second from as many starts in Newcastle before being shipped over to Singapore.
Even if Lim’s Magic etched a deep impression with the way he effortlessly quickened away on Sunday, Boss still sent an even more ominous warning about his true potential.
“We shouldn’t have run him at his first run, he was drawn awkwardly and he didn’t know which way was right or left,” said Boss in reference to the Manhattan Rain four-year-old’s debut closing third to Nimitz on September 1.
“He’s been let off the bridle only twice – at his debut and on Sunday. He is still a long way off his top, and is just racing on raw ability now.
“Steve has a very good opinion of this horse. He’s a really good horse.”
Though he can only wonder what could have been with better luck at the draw, Boss was not too disappointed with Tom Melbourne’s second in the Epsom Handicap on Saturday, and is now looking forward to making amends in two weeks’ time.
“He drew nine out of 10, which is not good in such races. If you draw nine out of 18, that’s okay as we can then get a good posie,” said Boss.
“I had to neck him at the start and carry him across horses. I was sixth on the fence when I would have preferred to be fourth on the fence.
“He got squeezed at the 300m, but the winner gave us five kilos, so no excuse. I will go back next Saturday week (October 14) to ride him again in the (Group 1) Toorak Handicap (1600m).
“I will also ride another good horse of Lance O’Sullivan’s (and Andrew Scott’s) in the (Group 1) Caulfield Guineas (1400m), Summer Passage.