Cash Cove knocks in first win at third start

𝐂𝐚𝐬𝐡 𝐂𝐨𝐯𝐞, 𝐚 𝐫𝐞𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐧𝐞𝐰𝐛𝐢𝐞, 𝐝𝐞𝐟𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐝 $𝟕 𝐡𝐨𝐭 𝐟𝐚𝐯𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐋𝐮𝐱𝐮𝐫𝐲 𝐁𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 $𝟕𝟓,𝟎𝟎𝟎 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐌𝐚𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐧 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝟏𝟏𝟎𝟎 𝐦𝐞𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐨𝐧 𝐒𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐲.

The more anticipated stablemate Fadaboy narrowly defeated Luxury Brand in his debut two weeks ago, and second-up success was generally predicted by bettors.

After Typhoon was scratched outside the gates, Luxury Brand (Yusoff Fadzli) seized the lead in the small field of seven horses, followed closely on his outside by Cash Cove (Koh Teck Huat).

Yusoff cracked the whip a few times at the 350m, but Cash Cove ($35) kept eroding the margins and eventually defeated Luxury Brand.

Both three-year-old sons of Charm Spirit were separated by only half a length, with Supreme One (Hakim Kamaruddin) coming in third, three and a quarter lengths behind them.

The winning time for the 1100 meters on the Polytrack was 1min 4.55secs.

With local owners Ivan Neo and his wife Ivy from the Cash Cove Stable, winning trainer Alwin Tan brought in his eighth winner of the year.

The connections that gave the Singaporean handler assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic were appreciated.

Tan Hor Khoon, an ex-trainer for the Kranji, stated, "He actually had horses with Tan Hor Khoon last time, but HK left a few years ago (called time on training in 2018)."

I got in touch with him during the Covid-19 pandemic last year and persuaded him to help me because, as you know, I don't have many horses with me.

"Right now, he's with me with seven or eight horses. In addition, he purchased three other horses, of which two have already arrived but have not yet been registered, and one more is on the way.

Tan said that the first-time addition of blinkers and an open field helped Cash Cove open his account.

We were able to achieve a comfortable run right behind the pace because of the blinkers and the weak field, he explained.

"Although the victory surprised me a little, I believed he could race faster today given the vast field.

"I allowed him to wear the blinkers today because (jockey) CC (Wong Chin Chuen), who rode him in trackwork every day, claimed that he needed a gear to keep him focused.

"We went with TH (Teck Huat) Koh today because CC already had another riding appointment (Coffee King) two weeks ago. He rode him beautifully.

"Since Cash Cove is by Charm Spirit, who won the 2014 Group 1 QIPCO Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, I think he has the potential to go up to 1400 meters and a mile in the future.

Before talking with the owners about where to run him next, I'll look through the program to see what comes up.

The undervalued Singaporean rider who has found his stride in the last four months, winning 11 of his total of 17 victories so far, rode Tan's last two winners (Atlantean on June 4 and July 24).

Koh, who won eight races later aboard Paletas ($28) in the $70,000 Class 3 race (1000m), remarked, "The trainer's instruction was to let him stay beside the favorite and he worked home really well" (see later report).

"This is my first time riding him; the blinkers sharpened him; it was a good run; he was not at all green.

He can stay longer, but for now, this vacation is more suitable for him.

Cash Cove, who was purchased for NZ$11,000 at the 2021 New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run virtual Sale, has now brought in more than $40,000 in prize money for the Singaporean businessman who purchased him.

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