The uber tough and durable Maine Chance Farms bred Flax picked up his ninth Singapore win at Kranji on Sunday.
Now nine years old, Flax landed the G3 Committee’s Prize over 1600 in the style of a horse half his age!
Remarkably, Flax has now won four group races in the past four years, and the gelded son of Silvano continues to be a tremendous advert for the toughness and durability which is to be found in the South African thoroughbred.
Trained by David Hill for loyal supporters Newbury Racing, Flax was given a fine ride by Australian hoop Michael Rodd who timed his run to perfection and got his gallant mount home to score by a head over Fastnet Dragon.
After the race, winning conditioner Hill was moved to comment, “I’m not sure if he will be retired just yet even if I did say he will bow out on a winning note. He’s still fit as you could see and he may run again in the Kranji Mile or Raffles Cup, I’m not sure yet. Meteor Mike was different as his legs weren’t good but this guy can still go around. It’ll be soon but that might not have been his last run.
“He’s such a great contender that I don’t want to kill him with too much racing. I just want to look after him. What a special horse he’s been to us!”
Flax, whose previous wins include the G1 Raffles Cup, was a R230 000 purchase from the 2008 Emperors Palace National 2YO Sale – which looks a great bargain, as he has now banked prize money of over $1.3 million.
Flax (bred on the same Silvano/Elliodor cross as Equus Champion Aslan) is out of Bejewelled Spring – a winning half sister to former Champion 2YO Colt Blossoming Fields.