Raffles popular in Singapore

A Magic Millions initiative paid dividends when Bull And Bear broke through in Singapore on Friday night.  The Bletchley Park gelding split runners in the straight to win an Initiation Hcp over 1400m.

Bull And Bear (5g Bletchley Park – Crimson Pak by Star Pak) was the prize in a raffle run by Magic Millions at the Singapore Racing Festival in May and was won by five partners from Chinatown restaurant Bull And Bear.

Bull And Bear was bred by Ellie Giles at Korilya Stud and is a three-quarter brother to Triple Happy, a Bletchley Park G1 winner of the 2006 Penang Sprint Trophy.

The link with Triple Happy meant Bull And Bear was an obvious choice when Magic Millions went looking for a horse to raffle.  “The idea was to bring more people to horse ownership in a fun and innovative way,” Magic Millions Singapore manager Wade Burridge said.  “The winners had never raced a horse before and they’re all very excited about the whole experience.”

Triple Happy accounts for 9 wins among Bletchley Park’s total of 220 in Singapore and Malaysia.  Worldwide, he has sired the winners of 1179 races.  

Bletchley Park (Caerleon) is also the leading sire of individual winners by a Western Australian based sire with 366.  He overhauled long-time Karendale Stud resident Jevington (309) in April 2009.

Imported to WA in 1993, Bletchley Park stood at Dawson Stud in Gosnells until owners Graham and Chris Daws were built out by a housing sub-division 10 years later.  He was transferred to Lynward Park at Bullsbrook and stands there alongside Stravinsky horse Balmont (USA) and Zafonic stallion Trade Fair (GB).

Meanwhile, Bull And Bear is promoting the sireline and racehorse ownership in Singapore.  “It was great to see him win on Friday night,” Burridge said.  “The guys in his syndicate have already gone out and bought another one!”