He may be only a Class 4 galloper but Chino Diablo etched his name in the annals of Singapore racing as the first Malaysian-bred to have won at Kranji when he led all the way in the $35,000 Open Benchmark 53 race over 1000m on Polytrack on Friday night.
By former South Australian-based stallion Dolphin Street out of Al Khawaaneeg mare August Lass, Chino Diablo is a five-year-old entire who cost RM35,000 at the National Premier Sale in Malaysia. Raced by Madam Jennifer Goh, Chino Diablo boasted a healthy record of three wins from 15 starts in Malaysia where he was then prepared by Kuala Lumpur trainer Tony Yeoh.
Sent down across the Causeway to trainer Tan Hor Khoon last year after he recorded his last win in a 1200m race at Kuala Lumpur on March 17, Chino Diablo did give a glimpse of some ability when he led in a 1000m race at Kranji on August 24 before he was run down late by Codigo to finish on board, running third only 1 ½ lengths away.
Chino Diablo (Sam Subian) holds off the chasing Soul Commander (Joao Moreira) to win Race 9 on Friday night.
But his next run when well-backed to start at warm odds of $26 ended in disappointment when he suffered a bleeding attack.
The three-month break that ensued obviously proved beneficial as Chino Diablo ($58) scored first-up under regular Kranji partner Sam Subian, racing away to a comfortable lead before fending off a spirited challenge from favourite Soul Commander (Joao Moreira).
Tan said he was pleased he had a hand in the grand premiere by a Malaysian-bred at Kranji, but was not getting too carried away either.
“He’s not a bad horse. I’m glad he’s won a race here,” said Tan.
“The owner decided to try his luck here in Singapore and sent the horse to us. He ran well first-up but then he bled.
“It was not a strong field tonight and he’s done a good job to go all the way. He’s a typical sprinter who probably can run up to 1,100m tops.”
The winning jockey said Chino Diablo can be a touch wayward at trackwork, but is not without ability.
“He’s got an abundance of speed, but he can just bolt away at trackwork,” said Sam.
“If he can learn to settle better, he will be a much better horse and can even go up to 1200m.”