Kiwi Bred Wins Aushorse Golden Horseshoe
Tara Madgwick - Saturday, 8 July 2017
The $325,000 Aushorse Golden Horseshoe Sng Gr 2 at Kranji on Friday night was won in dominant style by New Zelaand bred Showcasing (GB) two year-old Be Bee, a $250,000 NZB Ready to Run purchase from the draft of Ascot Farm.

The two year-old provided his trainer Shane Baertschiger with his first Group II success after landing the 1200 metre sprint by a length and three-quarters.

Be Bee - Singapore Turf ClubThe career milestone was fittingly achieved together with his stalwart owner Jerry Sung of Auric Stable who enjoyed a highly successful association with his father Don over many years, and has kept up the support with the son until now.

Since Baertschiger took over his father, to whom he was assistant-trainer during his formative years, after he retired in 2012, he has captured four 'black type' wins, but all at Group 3 level – Kranji Sprint (El Milagro), Causeway Classic Stakes (One Rar), Garden City Trophy (Faaltless) and Colonial Chief Stakes (Best Tothelign).

"Thanks to Jerry Sung who has paid a lot of money for this horse. The horse was probably oversbut it's not easy to back up 10 days later and it was only his second start," said Baertschiger.

"But he's always shown us a lot from Day 1. JP (John Powell) has done a lot with him, but unfortunately could not ride him at his debut as he had 50kgs in a 2yo and 3yo race (Barend Vorster rode him).

"It's good he was able to ride him and win the big race with him tonight. He had him in a great spot saving ground on the rails, the horse misstrode coming to the turn, but he quickened up good after that.

"He will now go for the Juvenile Championship in three weeks' time."

The Group 3 Juvenile Championship is the second big race for two-year-olds and will be for the first timerun over 1400m (stepped up from 1200m). It is scheduled for July 30.

Baertschiger also praised the level of competitiveness among the two-year-olds this year.

"Tonight's Aushorse was one of the best quality fields we've ever seen," he said.

"After the Strangles outbreak, we could not buy a lot of two-year-olds but the quality has improved since, and it's great for our racing."

Be Bee has now won two from two and is a full brother to stakes-placed Platinum Express.

He is one of four winners from unraced Fusaichi Pegasus (USA) mare My Other Woman, a daughter of Champion Australian 2YO and Golden Slipper winner Burst.

Be Bee is the 16th stakes-winner for Haunui Farm's Showcasing, who has proven an admirable source of slick juveniles.

Footnote
: With Be Bee not eligible for the $80,000 Aushorse bonus up for grabs being a New Zealand-bred, it was runner-up Charger (Dick Turpin (IRE), who is a qualified horse, who was the recipient since he had won the most prizemoney during the Series.

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