The Boland Stud bred Quicksilver picked up his first Singapore win on Friday when he saluted at Kranji over 1200m.
The gelding, who had previously battled with some starting stall issues, ran on strongly to power home over the final 200m to win by 1.8 lengths.
Quicksilver clearly made a positive impression on winning trainer Pat Shaw, who commented after the race, “Being problematic in the stall was his (Quicksilver) main problem,” said the South African handler.
“We must thank John Pepe and his team for all the hard work he has been putting in to correct it. They did an excellent job as you can see.
“We would also like to say well done to Boland Stud where we bought him, Avontuur Stud who stands the stallion Var and the stud manager Pippa Mickleburgh. They have been very kind to us and we would like to share this win with them.”
“He looks like he will be a good sprinter. We will keep him at 1200m for the time being and see how he progresses,” said Shaw.
A son of Avontuur’s outstanding sire Var, Quicksilver, who is owned by the Avengers Stables, was a R280 000 buy from the 2013 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.
He is out of the Caesour mare Calpurnia, a stakes placed winner of six, who ran second in the Gr3 Yellowwood Handicap.
Calpurnia, who is out of the high class Goldmark mare My Squeeza, is a half sister to the top class filly Trophy Wife, one of the better 3yo fillies last season, who ran 2nd to champion Majmu in the Gr1 Empress Club Stakes.