TUESDAY: October 10, 2017: A weekend treble, another success at Queanbeyan today……and Scott Singleton’s winning momentum may not be over yet.
The leading Hawkesbury trainer made it four winners in four days when he scored with lightly-raced Caper at Queanbeyan, and is chasing a fifth victory with Cambage at Warwick Farm tomorrow.
Christian Reith rides well-named four-year-old mare Cambage in the Benchmark 70 Handicap (1400m).
After scoring with Poet’s Advocate at Newcastle last Saturday and Concessions and Itasca on his home track a day later, Singleton took three horses to Queanbeyan – and didn’t miss out.
Three-year-old filly Caper ($2.80), with Bobby El-Issa aboard, won the 3YO Maiden Handicap (1000m), but it wasn’t without incident.
After being a little slow to get going, El-Issa dig up his mount and then had to almost pull her to a standstill when she nearly ran into front-runner Cherokee Blossom ($19) before the 500m.
El-Issa then steadied her and gave her the run of the race behind Cherokee Blossom and $2.40 favorite Usain Brockstar before switching back to the inside in the straight.
Caper did enough in the closing stages to narrowly edge out Usain Brockstar and Cherokee Blossom to break through at only her third start.
Caper started her career with a leading Sydney stable and was runner-up in two of her three barrier trials, but did not start.
Switched to Singleton, she ran third at her debut in an 1100m Maiden at Hawkesbury on September 2 before drawing poorly and finishing fifth to Pleasantries (running at Warwick Farm tomorrow) in a similar race at home on September 21.
Singleton put blinkers on Caper for her latest Hawkesbury run, and was delighted to see her break through today.
“She has been struggling on the firm tracks, and hopefully that win will boost her confidence,” he said.
“She is a little trier.”
El-Issa feels Caper will be better suited over 1100m, more so than today’s 1000m.
Singleton also has made an important gear change on Cambage, putting blinkers back on her and taking winkers off.
Cambage, named after Australian Olympic basketballer Liz Cambage, shapes as a genuine Warwick Farm prospect.
She scored first-up over 1400m on her home track on August 24 before an excellent third over 1500m at a Saturday meeting at Rosehill Gardens on September 9.
Singleton has freshened her for this assignment, and she tackles midweek company instead of Saturday opposition.