Feb 19, 2015

It's been nearly two years since Jason Warren was last in Singapore and he is glad to be back. This time he will be saddling up former David Hayes colt ZULULAND in the inaugural running of the $2.9 million CECF Singapore Cup (1800m) which is run on Sunday night. 

"We took Bel Sprinter over here 2 years ago and he went close to winning the Group 1 KrisFlyer so it's nice to be back. Time really flies..it only seemed like yesterday that we were here watching Bel's big run. He did us proud that night and I am sure Zululand will equip himself really well" stated Warren.

Zululand will be having his first, and possibly only, run for the JWR stable in the Sunday’s cup. He won the Group 2 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) and ran second in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) last season for David Hayes before switching to JWR this year. 

He’s been really thriving at home and loves the laid back lifestyle of the Mornington Penninsula. We are lucky enough that Denistoun Park is an approved quarantine centre which enables us to train these international bound horses whilst they complete their quarantine period" said Warren. 

Zululand is owned by China Horse Club (CHC) which is an exclusive Chinese equine club that was launched in 2013. The CHC is involved in the promotion of racing and breeding in mainland China and they also race horses around the world including Australian stars Dissident and First Seal. 

The meeting on Sunday night is the first of its kind and is being billed as a festival of racing and culture. “We are striving to create interest and participation in thoroughbred racing from the people of mainland China so this event has a real purpose to it,” said Eden Harrington, CHC General Manager.

The Singapore Cup has attracted a field of nine horses, all of whom are owned by the CHC. The field includes Singapore Group 1 winner Tropaios and Group 2 winners Parranda (USA), Zululand and Auvray (France).

Zululand hasn't raced since mid-November when unplaced in the Sandown Guineas. “It’s a big challenge to take a horse to another country and run in a big race first up over 1800 metres. “It’s a bit of an unknown but the horse is really well. He travelled well and has eaten up since he arrived so he should run a big race" smiled Warren.

"It's a honour to be training for the CHC who are developing into one of the biggest owners and players on the world stage. For a kid from Bega to be training for such a big player is a real thrill" smiled Warren.