Australian-bred Big Hearted (4 g ex Secret Selection by Redoute's Choice) proved too strong for his rivals in the Singapore Gold Cup (Listed, 2000m) at Kranji on Saturday and in the process handed Twin Hills Stud-based sire Hallowed Crown (Street Sense) with his second stakes winner.
The four-year-old gelding won his seasonal debut over 1800 metres and he continued his winning groove when he beat Minister (Street Sense) by half a length, while Top Knight (Zoustar) was a further length and three-quarters further afield in third.
Purchased by Krit Chittaseni and Waterford Bloodstock for $120,000 at the 2018 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale from the Blue Gum Stud draft, the gelding is one of two winners out of unraced Redoute’s Choice (Danehill) mare Secret Selection.
Secret Selection herself is out of Railway Stakes (Gr 1, 1600m) winner Covertly (Metal Storm), making her a half-sister to Listed scorer Detective (Snitzel) and stakes-placed Bourne Supremacy (Snitzel).
Covertly is a half-sister to Group 3-winning duo So Secret (Danetime) and Crack The Code (I Am Invincible), as well as Listed winner Secret Link (Encosta De Lago).
Secret Selection’s 2017 filly by Dissident (Northern Meteor) is now named Dark And Twisted and is unraced, while her 2018 colt by Pierro (Lonhro) is called Northern King and he has also yet to be seen on a racetrack. In 2019 the mare produced a colt by Fiorente (Monsun), while this season she foaled a brother to Big Hearted.
Hallowed Crown’s other stakes winner is last year’s Australian Oaks (Gr 1, 2400m) winner Colette and he is covering his first book of mares at Twin Hills Stud at a fee of $11,000 (inc GST), having stood his first four seasons at Darley Kelvinside.