Former Aussie galloper Tenzing broke through for his biggest win in Singapore last night when he flew home to win the Group Three $200,000 Fortune Bowl (2000m).
Enjoying the step up in distance and firmer footing, Tenzing finished strongly to beat Mitre Peak in the final stride.
Twice a winner in Victoria for David “Butch” Bourne, Tenzing still carries the Network Bloodstock colours and is now prepared at Kranji by Cliff Brown.
Danny Beasley completed an Aussie clean sweep – riding home the son of Catbird in the feature event.
Now a four time winner in Singapore, Tenzing was purchased for $67,500 by Bourne from the draft of Attunga Stud at the 2008 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.
He showed plenty of ability in Australia with an eye catching sixth, beaten just over a length after coming from 14th at the turn in the SA Derby before a swansong third at Flemington.
“Not a lot has gone right this time in,” Brown said. “He ran into a wet track at his first run back and then he’s had no luck at his last two starts.”
“He’s a horse that has needed to get out to a trip and onto the bigger track on the turf.”
“It’s a great result for the whole stable. For Tim (Fitzsimmons), Chris (Bock) and Sabri, who rides him in all his work. It is shared by them all.”
“And also for Danny. He’s been riding well and hopefully this will be an added confidence booster as well.”
Brown is undecided where Tenzing will head next, but he has one of the region’s feature races on his mind.
“We have no specific plans at the moment. I’ll go away and see what is around but I might give him a let up now and we may head to the QEII Cup.”
One of 25 stakes winners for Danehill’s Golden Slipper winning son Catbird, Tenzing is one of two winners for his dam Pinnacle.
A daughter of influential international sire Shirley Heights, Pinnacle earned black type when third in a Cheshire Oaks at listed level.
Tenzing’s third and fourth dam both won graded stakes events at Churchill Downs in the United States.
Breeding: Catbird-Pinnacle (Shirley Heights)
Race: Singapore TC Fortune Bowl G3 (2000m)
Sold for: $67,500
Sale: 2008 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale
Vendor: Attunga Stud (As Agent)
Buyer: Network Bloodstock
Owner(s): Tarnpirr & Network Stable
Trainer: Cliff Brown (Kranji)
PICS – Singapore Turf Club.