Prominent New Zealand owner Peter Mitchell, whose colours were made famous by champion Kiwi racehorse Bonecrusher, has died suddenly at the age of 73, reports NZ Racing Desk. Trained by Frank Ritchie, Bonecrusher was a multiple Group 1 winner on both sides of the Tasman and his victory over fellow Kiwi Waverley Star in the 1986 Cox Plate is acknowledged as one of greatest editions of the race. Mitchell most recently had an ownership interest in the multiple winner Excalibur, trained for him by Ritchie's son Shaune. Bonecrusher won 18 of his 44 starts including 9 at Group 1 level.
At Kranji racecourse in Singapore, Coolmore's former Gr1-winning Champion Australian Sire Fastnet Rock (Danehill-Piccadilly Circus, by Royal Academy) added a Group race success when 5YO Australian-bred gelding Elite Excalibur (Fastnet Rock-Romantic River, by Irish River) claimed a narrow 0.3 length win in the S$200,000 Gr3 Committee's Prize (1600m) for 3YO+, defeating Elite Invincible & Well Done. Elite Excalibur, who raced as River Wild out of the Gai Waterhouse stable in Sydney, was passed in for $325,000 at the 2014 inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Coolmore Stud. He improved his record to 6 wins and 5 placings (including the Listed Singapore Gold Cup & Listed Raffles Cup) from 22 starts. From the Irish River mare Romantic River, Elite Excalibur is a three-quarter brother to Waterhouse's former top-class mare Aqua D'Amore (Danehill) and a full-brother to Gr2 Sandown Guineas winner Petrology.
At Kranji racecourse in Singapore overnight, 6YO New Zealand-bred gelding Gilt Complex (Gold Centre-San Ysabeel, by Zabeel) made a late surge to score a narrow win in the S$1.35 million Gr1 Singapore Gold Cup (2200m) for 3YO+, defeating Bahana & Elite Excalibur. In claiming the third leg of the Singapore Triple Crown, Gilt Complex advanced his record to 8 wins (including the Gr1 Raffles Cup) and 8 placings (including the El Dorado Classic) from 26 starts. Gilt Complex, who was purchased for just $10,000 at the 2013 NZB Festival Yearling Sale, took home a bonus of S$50,000 for winning the second Leg - the Gr1 Raffles Cup (1800m) - three weeks earlier.
At Kranji racecourse in Singapore, 6YO bay gelding Gilt Complex (Gold Centre - San Ysabeel, by Zabeel) landed the biggest prize of his career and his first stakes success when scoring a comfortable 1.8 length win in the S$700,000 Gr1 Raffles Cup (1800m), defeating Elite Excalibur & Lim’s Cruiser. A $10,000 purchase from the 2013 NZB Festival Yearling Sale, Gilt Complex improved his record to 7 wins and 8 placings (including the El Dorado Classic) from 25 starts.
At Kranji racecourse in Singapore, The Oaks Stud's 5-time Gr1-winning & 5-time Gr1-placed stallion Darci Brahma (Danehill-Grand Echezeaux, by Zabeel) added a black-type success when 4YO entire Alibi (Darci Brahma-Bound to Impress, by Galileo) led throughout for a determined win in the S$500,000 Gr1 Patron's Bowl (1600m), holding off the fast-finishing Elite Excalibur by 0.2 length with Infantry in third. Hailing from the family of Gr1 Easter Stakes winner Honor Bound, Alibi was a $60,000 purchase at the 2014 Inglis Premier yearling Sale before being sold again for $90,000 at the 2014 NZB Ready To Run Sale. Alibi advanced his record to 7 wins (including the Listed Steward's Cup) and 4 placings from 12 starts. Having now won the first two legs of the Singapore Four-Year-Old Challenge – the Listed Stewards' Cup and now the Patron's Bowl – Alibi will attempt to clean sweep the series when he tackles the final leg, the Singapore Derby (2000m) on July 9.
The 6YO gelding Maseeha (Flitch-Six Crowns, by Excalibur's Lake) scored a 1.5-lengths victory in India's Gr1 Stayers' Cup (3000m) for 4YOs & up at Mumbai. Maseeha (ridden by Silvestre de Souza for trainer Zadmal Singh) defeated 5YO mare Conceptual (Valid Concept-Farcical, by Pharly) & 5YO gelding Spark Of Gold (Mischevious Music-Expensive Week, by Glenstal). Last year Maseeha also won India's Gr3 Maharaja Jiwajirao Scindia Trophy (1800m) at Mumbai & placed in the Gr3 Idar Gold Trophy (2400m) at Pune; & in 2008 he placed in the Gr1 Indian St Leger (2800m) at Mumbai.