Kranji Double For Handsome Ransom
Wednesday, 28 July 2010:
On Friday Lucky Rise (Handsome Ransom-Pipit) settled towards the rear of the field before being hooked out wide to run past a nice field of maiden horses over 1200 metres.
On Sunday Fatkid (Handsome Ransom-Grace Jones) was severely hampered on at least three occasions over 1600 meters and winning looked impossible before he found racing room and flashed home.
From just four runners in Singapore, Handsome Ransom has now produced three winners, he is two for two in Macau, and one from two in Korea.
Each centre has numbers of his unraced horses in work and the same is the case in Hong Kong with at least half a dozen in top stables.
His Hong Kong horses also include flag bearer of the domestic season, the G1 placed Handsome Zulu, who was sold following his placing in the New Zealand Derby.
This flow of Handsome Ransom progeny into Asia is obviously creating some fantastic results for breeders and trainers,” commented Wellfield Stud's Huw Taylor.
“He leaves horses that looked like they would suit the Asian training environment and now the results are demonstrating that they are going to do very well.
“He's had nearly as many winners offshore now (including two in Australia), as he has had here at home, and he's sitting second in the second season sires list.
“He's also in the top ten three year old sires list, and has the lowest service fee of any horse in either list.
Handsome Ransom will stand at $4000 + GST for the 2010 season with a $2000 rebate should the resulting foal be a filly.