Jolie Shinju to target Cox Plate
Singapore’s latest star Jolie’s Shinju all but booked her passage to Melbourne for the Cox Plate this spring with a brilliant display to win the Singapore Derby.
Her owner Dr Tan Kai Chah was taken by his mare’s commanding five length triumph at Kranji on Sunday and said he was keen to take her to Australia for the weight-for-age feature at Moonee Valley in October.
“I hope she can now go for the Cox Plate,” he said.
“I think she can measure up in Australia.”
Prepared by Japanese trainer Hideyuki Takaoka and ridden by Australian Ronnie Stewart, who is now based in Singapore, Jolie’s Shinju’s Derby triumph gave her a clean sweep of the four-year-old challenge following her wins in the Patrons Bowl and Singapore Derby Trial.
She also became the first mare to win the Derby since Showgirl V in 1973.
Takaoka confirmed the Cox Plate was firmly on the mare’s agenda.
“She’s the best horse I’ve ever trained,” Takaoka said.
“Cox Plate? Yes, yes, I think she will go for it.”
Betstar reacted to the win by installing Jolie’s Shinju as the $10 second favourite for the Cox Plate behind Whobegotyou ($10).
It was also a big day for Australian Vlad Duric who notched a treble when Ntini provided him with his first black-type winner in Singapore by taking out the Group three Singapore 4YO Sprint (1200m).
Ntini is prepared by Michael Freedman, brother of Melbourne trainer Lee.