First group win for trainer Fitzsimmons, Latest Racing News

Golden Monkey’s rousing win within the $110,000 Group 3 Singapore Three-Yr-Outdated Dash (1,200m) on Saturday (June 18) has handed coach Tim Fitzsimmons his maiden success in a characteristic race.

The writing had been on the wall that this yr could be the Australian’s.

After a quiet begin to the primary two seasons, Cliff Brown’s former assistant coach hit his straps with a fourth place on 33 winners final yr.

It turned out he was simply warming as much as the duty. He has actually exploded onto the scene in 2022 with a glut of winners virtually each week, to not point out the coveted lead on the trainers’ log.

Group success was, nevertheless, nonetheless lacking on his resume, however he has ticked that field now.

The 40-year-old can proudly stare at his personal title etched on the honour roll due to a horse he at all times knew had stacks of skill. 

“I’ve had a couple of placings however that is my first Group win,” he stated. 

“I’ve been a part of Singapore racing for a very long time, 15 years, and had many Group wins with Cliff, nevertheless it’s an enormous thrill to win my very own. Hopefully, that is the primary of many.”

Fitzsimmons’ want might properly come true.

The way in which the son of Star Flip slayed his rivals, he has a vice-like grip on the subsequent leg, the Group 2 Singapore Three-Yr-Outdated Traditional (1,400m) on July 9. 

For now, Fitzsimmons would relatively soak in that watershed second of his younger profession, which he stated was a teamwork effort.

“This horse has actually come on. He’s extra relaxed now,” he stated.

“Oscar Chavez has carried out all of the work and his trials, however I’ve to additionally give credit score to my monitor riders, particularly Kali (Kalimuthu Ganasen) who gallops him.

“A whole lot of the house owners flew up from Australia over the week, most of them have been right here right this moment. Josh McLoughlan bought this syndicate collectively.”

When Fitzsimmons noticed Chavez posting Golden Monkey off the girth of his different runner Gold Ten Sixty-One (Jake Bayliss), he had a very good hunch luck would lastly not desert Golden Monkey this time.

“I used to be quietly assured going into the race. I knew how laborious his final run (Novice race over 1,200m) was whereas the opposite horse (Silent Is Gold) had a simple run,” he stated.

“Oscar was nonetheless assured earlier than the race. I simply advised him to journey him like one of the best horse within the race.

“As soon as Oscar put him behind the chief, he was one off the fence, and the race mapped out properly for them. He then simply used his flip of foot within the straight.”

Favorite Silent Is Gold (Ronnie Stewart) appeared the winner when he collared Gold Ten Sixty-One on the high of the straight, however the gold medal was going elsewhere.

Golden Monkey ($29) set sail down the center with a scorching acceleration that put them within the shade in a couple of hops.

Chavez, who was at his second Dash win after Conflight in 2016, at all times knew his luckless pet three-year-old would get the “monkey” off his again.

“This horse simply wanted a draw. As we speak I had a lot horse left, however I used to be simply ready and ready earlier than I press the button,” he stated.

“As soon as he got here out, he simply cruised to the entrance.

“I may have gained with out utilizing the stick, however I didn’t wish to be too cocky. As soon as I went for it, he simply took off.”

Silent Is Gold held on gamely for second 31/4 lengths away with Gold Ten Sixty-One third one other 21/4 lengths away. The successful time was 1min 8.87sec for the 1,200m on the quick course.

The ultimate levels weren’t with out drama with the well-backed Alqantur breaking down on the 200m. 

Champion jockey Manoel Nunes fortunately escaped with none severe harm. He was nonetheless stood down within the final race.

Alqantur was much less lucky as he was later euthanised.

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