Mornington winner cheered home at Newmarket

The cheering could be heard all the way back to Newmarket when Cordillera dug deep to win at Mornington last week.

Expat Victorian Jason Singh has called Newmarket home for 13 years but has kept in touch with Australia in his role as Marketing Manager at Tattersalls.

And there’s no better way than being directly involved through his grey broodmare Bourbazam Lass.  Jason owns her in partnership with long-time friends Julian Maycock and Ranjan Boopalan from Ivanhoe Grammar School.

Originally owned by Australian PM Bob Hawke, the Kendor mare cost the boys $6,000 and she has given them a lot of fun – as well as some of the usual disappointments – along the way.

Cordillera (Rock of Gibraltar) is trained by Tony Noonan on the peninsula and he is the fifth winner for Bourbazam Lass who is rising 20.

Her first good foal was the Colin Little trained gelding Milkshake (Encosta de Lago).  “We kept a share after selling him for $20,000 at the Adelaide Magic Millions,” Jason recalled.  “There was talk about him having ability but we didn’t have any idea he would turn out so good.”

Milkshake captured the Adelaide Magic Millions and also won at Flemington before going amiss as a three year-old.  “He almost died and had problems from then on.  I’ve no doubt he was very close to being a Group 1 horse.”

Wildly (Hurricane Sky) was her next foal and he won the G3 Bobbie Lewis Quality and LR Creswick Stakes at Flemington.  “I always liked him – he was the most gorgeous foal,” Jason said.  “He gave us a lot of fun before succumbing to laminitis.”

With Bourbazam Lass having produced two such talented gallopers, her owners decided to upgrade by booking into Flying Spur.  But they did their money when she slipped to him in consecutive years.

The trio subsequently entering into a foal share arrangement with Coolmore.  Bourbazam Lass visited Rock Of Gibraltar and Cordillera was the result.  “We bought out the foal share at the Melbourne Premier Sale and syndicated him with friends,” Jason said.  “He showed early promise but has taken a while to come good.”

Bourbazam Lass is due to be retired after foaling to Statue Of Liberty later this year.  Jason and his friends have retained her daughter Ribbon (Perugino) and are hoping her foals will continue the good times in the years to come.