Trainer Sam Chua collected a winning treble and in the process provided jockey Barend Vorster with a winning double when Winning Success took out the $55,000 Class 4 Stakes over 1700m on the Polytrack on Sunday.
Riding the speed throughout, Winning Success scored by a length-and-a-quarter over Daad’s The Way (Zuriman Zulkifli) with Daring Fighter (Oscar Chavez) a nose away in third place.
Earlier in the day Chua and Vorster had combined to score with Reciprocate in the $35,000 Class 5 Stakes while Chua’s other winner came per medium of Excellent Beauty in the $35,000 Class 5 Stakes over 1200m, ridden by apprentice Dellorto Pregasam.
Jockey Barend Voster drives Winning Success home in Race 9 on Sunday, picture Singapore Turf Club
Chua came to the races on Sunday confident that he could saddle a winning double and was a little surprised with the third leg of his treble.
It was the second time in 2012 that Chua has led in a treble having recorded the feat back on April 8.
“I came to the races feeling confident that I could win two races but to win a treble is a little bit of a surprise,” said Chua.
“I thought the top three horses in this race (Daad’s The Way, Daring Fighter and Tavan Bogd) would be the ones to beat but it was a very good ride by Vorster who went to the front and then took a sit.
“Both of Vorster’s wins were good rides and he had to be very strong with Reciprocate as he travelled wide with 59kg and still got him home.
“This win was certainly a bit of a surprise but he’s a game horse and now that he’s got his form he might be able to keep on winning.”
Vorster said it was good to reunite with Chua who always has his horses fit and in form on the Polytrack.
“It’s nice to pick up some chance rides for Sam,” said Vorster. “His horses are always a chance on the Polytrack.
“This horse has gone from winning a Class 5 to now winning a Class 4 and he has kept on improving.
“He cracked it for the right field today but if he can keep improving he could turn out to be a nice money earner for Sam and connections.”
A six-year-old Australian-bred by El Moxie from the Fraar mare Lang Loi, Winning Success landed his fifth win from 41 starts and took his prizemoney past the $200,000 mark for connections with his success.
Vorster later completed a treble for the day when he took out the final event - the $55,000 Class 4 Stakes over 1200m - aboard the Patrick Shaw-trained Marcusino.