Race experience helped pave the way for Spun Gold to win his maiden in Singapore on Friday.
The son of Darley sire Hard Spun is prepared by former Caulfield trainer Cliff Brown for the Gold Stable. He was racing for the second time after a debut fourth last month.
Spun Gold (3g Hard Spun – Gold Fame by Made Of Gold) held off the chasing pack to score by three quarters of a length over 1200 metres. “He’s a gross horse and needs plenty of work to trim down to a racing weight,” Brown said. “He’s done a pretty good job tonight. He was never on the track and they didn’t go all that quickly. With more racing, I think he will appreciate getting out over a long journey.”
Hard Spun (Danzig) has been a popular choice for Super VOBIS breeders averaging 115 mares in five seasons at Northwood Park in Seymour.
Darley has changed Hard Spun’s northern hemisphere address from Kentucky to Japan for 2014. His three northern crops include USA G1 winners Questing (Alabama Stakes & Zo Impressive (Mother Goose Stakes) and UK G2 winners Red Duke (Superlative Stakes) & Moviesta (King George Stakes).
He also sired LR Zen-Nihon Nisai Yushun winner Someries in Japan last year.
Hard Spun was a Top 10 stallion among Australia’s second-season sires in 2012-13 and stood for a $16,500 (inc gst) in Victoria this year.
Spun Gold’s dam Gold Fame won 5 races in Adelaide and is a half-sister to G2 VRC Matriarch Stakes winner Bird Of Fire (Stravinsky). She has been a regular visitor to Darley stallions producing fillies by New Approach and Hard Spun before missing to Street Boss.