It'll be a day to remember, Wednesday 28th October 2015, the day Singleton Racing achieved their first metropolitan winning double when four-year-old stablemates, FLYS AWAY and ADJECTIVE won their respective races at the Australian Turf Club's race meeting held on the Canterbury Racecourse.
A day for doubles you might say, not only did the stable train two individual winners, both horses notched up consecutive wins, Jess Taylor rode her first metropolitan double ... but wait there's more ... Wal and Anne Lanham, friends and long-term clients, bred FLYS AWAY and ADJECTIVE.
The TAB More Than Just Winning Handicap (1250m) was race two of the day. FLYS AWAY ($5/$6.50/$6) was steady in the betting in the field of only five runners with apprentice jockey Jessica Taylor doing the honours.
Jess's claim reduced the weight carried to only 52.5kgs. Shortly after the start Jess had assessed the speed and decided to ease her mount to be a couple of lengths or so behind the leaders, Sworntomylover and Eleni Whirl.
It was status quo until passing the 600 metres mark when the pace quickened with the duo coming into the race nicely.
Just before the home turn horse and rider were travelling into the race without undue pressure and their sights set on the leaders.
On rounding the bend FLYS AWAY was being asked by an effort and she found, 200 metres from the finish line the pair were vying for the lead and hitting top speed.
A few gentle persuasions with the whip were all that was needed to get FLYS AWAY across the line.
The winning margin was a long neck, the race was run in the time of 1-14.14.
Winning trainer Scott had mentioned he had considered turning the mare out to the paddock after her win at Bathurst but she was so well in herself he gave her a freshen up, ultimately that turned out to be a great decision.
Again a benefit of having a trainer that is close to his horses. Well done Scott. Well deserved congratulations to Wal and Anne Lanham, breeders and owners of FLYS AWAY.
After investing so much in the industry, it's great to see your mare chalk up a victory in town (Wal couldn't remember the last time he had one) and we hope there will be more in store.
Later in the day it was ADJECTIVE's turn to shine, his race was a Benchmark 67 Handicap run over the distance of 1100 metres sponsored by TAB Rewards.
The horse had drawn barrier 10 out of the eleven starters and he was asked to carry 59.5kgs with Christian Reith again on board.
Scott was reasonably confident that ADJECTIVE would run well although he was a bit concerned about the wide barrier. The plan was to emulate the horse's last winning run at Hawkesbury, be positive out of the barriers, lead, try and get a "breather" mid-race, go for home and keep going.
That's exactly how the race panned out. ADJECTIVE began well with Christian sooling him along to take up the role of frontrunner before the 800 metres mark.
Once steadied, the duo settled into a nice rhythm and maintained that until turning for home.
In the straight, when the runners behind them began to quicken around 300 metres from home, the jockey gave his mount some rein and ADJECTIVE responded putting a gap of two lengths between himself and the rest of the field.
Christian kept up the momentum, defying the challengers, going on to win by one and three quarter lengths in the time of 1-05.04.
Congratulations to the great group of owners, to Christian for a heady ride and to Scott, Lucy and their team for producing ADJECTIVE in fine fettle, comments were made by media personnel prior to the race on how well the horse was presented.
Well done team ... here's to more successes in the future.