Feb 23, 2015

A great result in Singapore last night with ZULULAND running the race of his life to finish a brave second in the inaugural running of the $3 million Group 1 Singapore Cup.

To watch the replay of the race, click here.

"I am absolutely thrilled with the run. We got a bit further back than we would have liked but he rocketed home. It was a super run against the older horses and just great to see the horse back to his best" said Jason Warren.

Jockey Craig Newitt said Zululand "Ran his heart out. It was as good as I've ever seen him go," Newitt said.

"If he'd been able to get into the race when he needed to we would have been right in it." explained Newitt.

Zululand has been somewhat of an enigma during his short career so it was very pleasing to see him back to his best last night. A good two year old with the David Hayes stable winning the Group 2 Sires Produce, the son of Fastnet Rock trained off as a 3yo and his career looked in jeopardy.

After a disappointing spring which culminated in a poor run in the Sandown Guineas, many people were calling for his gelding to curb his colts ways to to inject some life back into his waining career.

The China Horse Club (CHC) had different ideas. Michael Wallace, the Racing Manager for the CHC, sent the expensive colt to Denistoun Park with one instruction. "Michael wanted us to change things up and to try some different training techniques with him in the hope we could reinvigorate him" explained Warren.

"We trained him out of a paddock and took him for regular visits to the beach. You could see the change in his attitude and he really blossomed. David (Hayes) did a great job with him to win a Group 2 race as a 2yo and sometimes these colts, and any horse for that matter, just need a change of scenery".

"Hopefully we will be back next year with another horse. It would be nice to win one of these international Group 1's..Bel Bel Sprinter went close and Zululand ran out of his skin so we aren't far away" smiled Warren

"A big thanks to the China Horse Club and Michael Wallace for the opportunity to partake in this great event. It was a fantastic success and I am sure it will only grow from here" said Warren.

We can't forget the team at JWR for doing a splendid job preparing Zululand especially Carly Thomas who rode him back at home and Dave McGrath (our travelling foreman) who looked after him in Singapore and presented him in outstanding order.