Super Saturday as Singleton stable snares Dubbo feature and Highway win

Remlaps Commander returned as a winner on Saturday after taking out the $120,000 Highway Handicap at Gosford.
Photo: Bradley Photos.

It was a lucrative Saturday for the Scott Singleton stable, which claimed two feature race wins some 430 kilometres apart. 

Racing at Gosford for the club’s standalone Saturday metropolitan meeting, Singleton won the $120,000 Class Three Highway Handicap (1200m), with Remlaps Commander (Jenny Duggan, $4.20) proving too strong at the finish.

From gate two, Duggan was able to find a nice spot just in behind the early leaders, and on the Gosford straight, the pair found space, powering to the lead before winning comfortably by 0.85 of a length from the Paul Messara-trained Demitasse (Brett Prebble, $9.50), while in third and 1.36 lengths back was the Brett Thompson-trained Blow Dart (Hannah Williams, $8.50).

“He’s a nice little horse,” Singleton said.

“He has the right attitude, and he’s not big, but he keeps improving all the time.

“The handicapper might catch up with him a little bit, seeing that he has won three from five, but you hope they keep improving as they go. 

“He’s done a good job so far, and hopefully, he keeps going and develops into some a little handier.”

430kms away from Gosford at Dubbo, Singleton prepared a winning double and took out the feature on the program. 

Aquarter (Matthew Palmer, $2.90) broke through at start number six when taking out the 1000m Maiden Handicap for colts and geldings. 

“He had placed his couple of starts and ran third at Scone before his win, and usually, that is good form for Dubbo,” Singleton said. 

“Plus, he is owned by local people at Dubbo, so it was a good day for them.” 

Later in the program, Dollar Magic (Serg Lisnyy, $2.15) proved a class above her rivals when winning the inaugural $40,000 Queen of the West (1200m).

Lisnyy went forward from gate 10 before Dollar Magic pulled away for a 2.41 lengths win from the Clint Lundholm-trained Transplant (Ronald Simpson, $6), while in third and 3.16 lengths back was the Brett Robb-trained Majority (Clayton Gallagher, $3.30). 

“I went there confident she would win, but you never know in racing, and you can’t get too far ahead of yourself,” Singleton said. 

“Still, I would have been surprised if she didn’t win. She ended up winning well, and it worked out well in a few regards, in that she gets a bit of confidence, and the owners are breeders, and there is the added bonus of a stud service.”

Having horses racing at Gosford and Dubbo on Saturday was no mean feat, and Singleton praised his staff for getting the job done for connections. 

“A lot of people don’t understand the planning that goes into that day as far as working your other horses and getting those horses prepared with breakfast before they go and sending two trucks two different ways with different people,” Singleton said. 

“We still needed other people to do the different shifts, so there was a hell of a lot of planning, but we were pretty well organised.

“We don’t fly by the seat of our pants, with everything organised down to the minute.”

The Scone trainer travels to Quirindi today, with Insightful Award (Mikayla Weir, $2.70) expected to go close in the 1000m Maiden Handicap. 

“She is a chance,” Singleton said. 

“She started favourite in that maiden at Scone where Aquartar finished third, and she overdid it, went a bit quick early, but she’s since come on from the run and now has that race experience under her belt.”

For Dubbo results, click here. 

For Quirindi fields, click here.