Golden Archer Colt Wins Silver Horseshoe
Tara Madgwick - Monday, 1 May 2017
Scoring a commanding debut victory in the $90,000 Silver Horseshoe at Kranji on Sunday was two year-old Golden Archer colt Whistling Win, an $80,000 Magic Millions 2YO's in Training purchase for his trainer Leticia Dragon.

Whistling Win gave underrated jockey John Sundradas a lucky pick-up ride in the second Leg of the Singapore Golden Horseshoe series

Whistling Win - Singapore Turf ClubHe was meant to be ridden by John Powell, but when the latter had to forego his rides, Leticia Dragon did not have to look high and low for a replacement.

John Sundradas was the one who actually rode Whistling Win at his barrier trial on April 11 when third to Mokastar, and it made sense to stick to a jockey who has already had a first-hand idea what was under the bonnet.

Whistling Win jumped fast and was up on the pace all the way before forging clear to win by two lengths.

"Johnny could not make the weight today and even at his barrier trial. Leticia asked me to help then, and I was only too happy to jump on," said Sundradas.

"After the trial, I told Leticia she had a nice horse even if he was not 100%. When she told me she would give the ride to Johnny, I said I understood, but she did say she would put me on another two-year-old.

"In the end, she had just Whistling Win. But as it turned out, Johnny could not make it. It was a lucky pick-up ride and I took my chance.

"He was always very relaxed even if he could not cross over. When Nunes' filly (Bringer Of War) came beside us, that kept him going.

"He gave a very nice acceleration in the straight. He's still learning what racing is all about and he will keep improving with more race experience."

Whistling Win will now aim higher.

"That horse showed a lot of potential from Day 1," said Leticia Dragon.

"He showed he was very forward in his barrier trial. I've got a couple more two-year-olds coming around, but he was the one who was the most forward.

"I will now set him for the Group 2 race. I had a good two-year-old in Rising Empire before and I hope this one can make it, too, though it's too early to tell."

Golden ArcherBred by Raheen Stud, Whistling Win is a sale ring veteran having been sold by Raheen Stud as a weanling at the MM National Weanling Sale for $28,000 to Rushton Park, who then sold him at the Adelaide Magic Millions for $47,000 to Woodpark Stud, who then sold him at the 2YO's in Training Sale for $80,000.

Whistling Win is a half-brother to stakes-winner Too Good to Refuse and is the third winner for Alyssa Jean, a half-sister to stakes-winners Royal Delight and Conquered Dream.

Raheen Stud sold her current yearling, another colt by Golden Archer, for $100,000 at Magic Millions this year to Desleigh Forster.

Alyssa Jean has a weanling colt by Rothesay and is due to foal to Deep Field.

Whistling Wind is the fifth winner for Raheen Stud's promising young sire Golden Archer, a Group III winning son of Rock of Gibraltar (IRE).

Race 5 - 2yo Silver Horseshoe (Syn) - 1000m
Class: Open. Track: Synthetic. Time: 0:59.52. Sectional Time: 0:36.32 at 600m.
Prizemoney: $90,000 - 1st: $47,790 2nd: $16,402 3rd: $8,300.
 1   Whistling Win T: L Dragon J: S John
2c   Golden Archer x Alyssa Jean (Dodge )
 Lot 897 2017 MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale Book 2
Vendor - Raheen Stud Darling Downs Qld
Buyer - Desleigh Forster  $100,000
 2 2.0 Auspicious Day (NZ) T: L Khoo J: Alan Munro
2g   Showcasing (GB) x Sweet Charity (NZ) (Zabeel (NZ) )
Not Offered
 3 2.3 Bringer Of War (NZ) T: M W Walker J: M Nunes
2f   Burgundy (NZ) x Eclectic Heights (NZ) (Keeper )
Not Offered
 4 2.6 Hun Yeang Road T: T Kieser J: I Azhar
2g   Sidereus x Harley Ma (Shovhog )
 5 3.6 Yaya Papaya (NZ) T: L Khoo J: G Boss
2g   Nadeem x Cassini (Reset )
 6 4.4 Charger T: J O'Hara J: M Rodd
2c   Dick Turpin (IRE) x Californium (Geiger Counter (USA) )
 7 4.9 Antheia (NZ) T: R Le Grange J: N Juglall
2f   Power (GB) x Oh Carlinda (Carnegie (IRE) )
 8 8.7 Monster Energy T: T Kieser J: R Zawari
2g   Wanted x Conduce (Pentire (GB) )
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