Singapore star for Shamardal

Boom youngster Gingerbread Man could be the next headline horse in Singapore after returning from a spell to trounce his rivals in the Dubai Racing Club Trophy at Kranji on Friday night.

The Shamardal gelding had been off the scene since winning the G3 Magic Millions Juvenile Championship in July.  “Gingerbread Man is most exciting,” winning jockey Joao Moreira claimed.  “Once I pushed the button, he just put the race away and there’s still a lot of improvement in him.”

Gingerbread Man (3g  Shamardal – Quaffle by Hurricane Sky) is trained by Bruce Marsh for owners Joe Singh and Colin Clark.  He was a $30,000 graduate of the 2009 Gold Coast Magic Millions yearling sale and has built a 5: 3-2-0 record earning the equivalent of AUD 190,960.

Darley shuttler Shamardal sired the Singapore star from a half-sister to Listed QTC Lightning Hcp winner Golden Snitch (Unbridled’s Song).  

Quaffle’s 2YO is the promising Kiwi colt Know When To Hold (Exceed And Excel).  He is part-owned by Sir Patrick Hogan and he has been runner-up twice at Te Rapa this season.  The mare has a yearling colt by Bernardini and she foaled a filly by the same sire on October 24.

Marsh admitted he had to push Gingerbread Man to be ready for the first-up outing and was concerned whether the gelding would be fit enough.  “He seems to have pulled up well and we have big plans for next year.  He will be set for the Singapore 3YO Challenge or we might even consider Dubai.”