Augustano continues to thrive into September
It may be September, but time waits for no horse as Augustano continued on his merry way with back-to-back wins on Sunday.
After two sound runs as a two-year-old, the Hard Spun three-year-old duly opened his account at his last start in Restricted Maiden company three weeks ago, aptly in the month he is named after, on August 20.
And stepping up to Class 4 company in the $60,000 Tabcorp Holdings Limited Trophy over the same 1200m trip on September 10, turned out to be no major hurdle.
Augustano (Manoel Nunes) goes all the way to take out Race 6 on Sunday, picture Singapore Turf Club
However, the outermost alley in barrier No 12 was on paper one significant drawback, but a smart jump under replacement rider Manoel Nunes (Michael Rodd could not make the 55kgs weight) saw Augustano ($17) swiftly take up a forward spot barely one furlong into the race.
With Alaranch (Ng Choon Kiat) not in a courteous mood on his inside, Nunes did not press further, happy to just sit in a one-off spot before going pedal to the metal upon straightening.
The Thai-owned galloper immediately opened up to a decisive break hard up against the rails while the chasing pack looked a little flat-footed.
Under Nunes’ hard riding, Augustano kept finding all the way to the line, falling in by two and a quarter lengths from longshot White Coffee (Mohd Zaki) with Katagas in third place another head away. The winning time was 1min 12.01secs for the 1200m on Polytrack.
“It was a good tough effort. I’m very happy with that; he’s done a good job,” said winning trainer Cliff Brown.
“There were two options. If he doesn’t jump clean, take a sit, but if he jumps well, to go forward.
“He keeps progressing and the new owner has been very good to me. He has some bright lovely horses with me.”
Nunes jumped off feeling a bit sorry for Rodd, but certainly not for himself as he was ringing up his fifth win for the weekend, albeit still 13 winners behind runaway leader Vlad Duric.
“I feel sorry for Mike, but that’s racing. He’s a lovely horse and Cliffy told me he was a straightforward horse to ride,” said the Brazilian three-time Singapore champion jockey.
“He told me he’s a horse you should not dig up, just let him stride. He broke so well that we found ourselves in front.
“There was no need to cross as he was so comfortable. In the straight, he gave a very good kick and won quite easily in the end.”
With that second success, Augustano has seen his account swell past the $90,000 mark for the King Power Stable.