Singapore Racing - Weekend Review - Inferno The Best Of His Generation

Inferno could well be the best horse in Singapore, though unfortunately Saturday's Guineas wasn't much of a test for the son of Holy Roman Emperor.

INFERNO winning the SINGAPORE GUINEAS GROUP 1
INFERNO winning the SINGAPORE GUINEAS GROUP 1 Picture: Singapore Turf Club

In what was a sit and steer job for Duric, the Cliff Brown trained runner did as expected ($1.20) when winning easily in the Group 1 feature.

Though if there were any doubts about him getting a strong mile, unfortunately they were not answered, with the moderate tempo allowing him to showcase his biggest weapon, his turn of foot.

Beginning well from the inside draw, Inferno travelled strongly early, before dropping his head and settling fifth one off the fence.

In what can only be described as a pedestrian tempo (26.28 for the first 400m), they played right into his hands.

Travelling boldly passing the 500m, Duric pulled Inferno to the outside, barely moving a muscle on the four-year-old.

Clicked up approaching the 300m, Inferno swept to the lead and put the race away in a few strides.

If Duric has ridden an easier Group 1 winner I'd like to hear it, he barely breathed on Inferno.

Ridden hands and heels to the line, Duric gave him a love tap at the 100m, but quickly put the whip away, coasting to the line to score by one-and-a-half lengths.

The Ricardo Le Grange trained Rocket Star found the line well to finish second, but was clearly a level below.

Rated 98 by Timeform prior to Saturday's event, Inferno improved to run a figure of 101+, with a fair bit of confidence he is better than that.

That figure puts him right in line with past winners of the Guineas and notably has him rated marginally the better of his former stablemate, Debt Collector (Debt Agent) who was rated 100+.

Not since War Affair have we seen a horse sent out at such short odds ($1.20), further highlighting the margin he has on his rivals.

War Affair remains the highest rated winner of the Singapore Guineas when running 115p in 2014.

A winner of seven of his eight starts, it will be very interesting to see how high he can progress in the years to come.

Debt Collector went on to be rated 113, a figure which does appear within reach for Inferno.

He's not the highest rated horse in Singapore yet, but I suggest it's only a matter of time before he is.


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Saturday, 26th September 2020

12
17:30
(local)

SINGAPORE GUINEAS GROUP 1 (SGG1)

Type: OPEN
SGD $400,000
1600m TURF GOOD
12
17:30
(local)
SGD $400,000
1600m GOOD

SINGAPORE GUINEAS GROUP 1 (SGG1)

Type: OPEN
FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 1. INFERNO (AUS) 4yo G
HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR (IRE) - SPINA ROSA (AUS)
VLAD DURIC
CLIFFORD BROWN
$1.33
57.0kg
BARREE STABLE

Sales Information

2nd 2. ROCKET STAR (AUS) 4yo G
STAR WITNESS (AUS) - TRAGIC MOMENT (USA)
MARC LERNER
RICARDO LE GRANGE
$19.00
57.0kg
RODOLFO GUALBERTO MENDOZA

Sales Information

3rd 3. STRONG N POWERFUL (AUS) 4yo G
GOLDEN ARCHER (AUS) - TINY TEMPTRESS (AUS)
JUAN PAUL VAN DER MERWE
LETICIA DRAGON
$7.00
57.0kg
STRONG STABLE

Sales Information

4th 5. BIG HEARTED (AUS) 4yo G
HALLOWED CROWN (AUS) - SECRET SELECTION (AUS)
LOUIS-PHILIPPE BEUZELIN
MICHAEL CLEMENTS
$11.00
57.0kg

Sales Information

5th 7. KING'S COMMAND (NZ) 4yo G
TAVISTOCK (NZ) - RIA'S PRIDE (NZ)
R MAIA
SHANE DONALD BAERTSCHIGER
$16.00
57.0kg

Sales Information

6th 6. TRADING POST (AUS) 4yo G
FIGHTING SEA (AUS) - BELDARA (AUS)
SIMON KOK
CLIFFORD BROWN
$41.00
57.0kg
7th 9. YOU QIAN ZHUAN (USA) 3yo G
PAYNTER (USA) - THUNDERING HOOFS (USA)
BENNY WOODWORTH
J LIM
$41.00
55.0kg

Sales Information

8th 4. SENOR DON (ARG) 4yo H
SENOR CANDY (ARG) - DOMESTICATED (USA)
RYAN MUNGER
RICARDO LE GRANGE
$61.00
57.0kg
9th 8. MERYL (NZ) 4yo M
ROCK 'N' POP (AUS) - RUBY ROUGE (NZ)
CC WONG
J PETERS
$34.00
55.5kg
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