It was Saturday 30th December 2017 at the Orange racecourse located in the Central Districts Region of New South Wales when racegoers witnessed something amazing when a three-year-old brown colt, that goes by the name of FAME SHINES, sprouted wings in the final 200 metres of the seventh race of the day, the Spanline Maiden Plate (1000m).
FAME SHINES is a son of the Group 1 winning stallion Perfectly Ready out of Plan The Peace, a New Zealand-bred, unraced granddaughter of champion sire Zabeel.
After travelling three, four and even more horses wide at some stages of the race, FAME SHINES had the audacity to produce a powerful finishing burst, that would see him overhaul the Bjorn Baker-trained, odds-on favourite Foxy Queen, pipping that filly right on the line. Ironically, it was apprentice Deanne Panya, who is indentured to Bjorn Baker, who took the honours.
Scott had taken the blinkers off FAME SHINES after his run at Hawkesbury more than five weeks prior and the short break and that gear change appeared to have worked in his charge’s favour.
The track was rated a Soft 7, the allocated weight was 57.5kgs and the betting had FAME SHINES shortening from an opening $8 into a $4.80 chance at jump time.
Over at the start which is located in the 1000 metres chute, the runners are afforded a straight run, offering them a chance to take up a position prior to joining the course proper. This unfortunately was not to be the case as far as FAME SHINES was concerned.
The colt began nicely with Deanne looking for somewhere to “get in” from her wide barrier (nine out of ten). When that opportunity didn’t eventuate and FAME SHINES was travelling well within himself, the jockey decided to ease slightly and keep her horse wide and out of trouble.
Foxy Queen had settled just off the early pace, other runners were pushing up on the inside of Deanne and her horse, still a bit wide and running fourth a couple of lengths back.
It was a similar story until just before the home turn when the jockey upped her horse’s rating. Horses were still forcing the issue to the inside of FAME SHINES, causing a fan effect when the remainder of the field were rounding the bend.
As a result, FAME SHINES was posted six to seven horses off the fence, Deanne didn’t panic and maintained her horse’s rhythm. Once into the home straight and balanced the jockey began to urge her horse along. Meanwhile, Foxy Queen had kicked a few lengths clear of the rest of the field and looking like the winner.
However, that’s not how the story would end. Passing the 200 metres marker FAME SHINES, the widest runner was coming into the race nicely, running into second position. With 100 metres to go and nearly three lengths astern of the leader, FAME SHINES was reducing the margin with every stride.
With the finish line coming up quickly, Deanne put the whip away and under hand and heels riding FAME SHINES absolutely flew the last 50 metres and grabbed Foxy Queen at the winning post causing the judge to view the photofinish before declaring FAME SHINES as the winner.
The shortest of margins split the pair. The time taken to cover the 1000 metres was 59.12, FAME SHINES covered the last 200 metres in well under 11.75 seconds, the last 100 metres in a tick over 5.5 secs … INCREDIBLE ! … that’s what’s called a turn of foot.
Congratulations to the Golden East Horse Syndicate members Mr An and Mr Xiong, thank you for entrusting Singleton Racing with your horse, going on this performance, we’re sure he has a very bright future and will give you alot of enjoyment in times ahead.