Singapore star to return to Australia

Jolie’s Shinju, the reigning Singapore Horse of the Year, is set to finish her career in Australia.

A five-year-old Japanese-bred mare, Jolie’s Shinju is expected to farewell Singapore racing later this month, the Singapore Turf Club website reported.


Mornington-based trainer Tony Noonan will train Jolie’s Shinju for her Melbourne spring campaign.

“Tony Noonan is a very good trainer of fillies and mares,” Jolie’s Shinju’s owner Dr Tan Kai Chah said.

“He trains down at Mornington and has access to the beach. She has a few little issues with a fetlock and a knee, so being able to go to the beach would be an added bonus.”

Jolie’s Shinju’s Singapore swansong has been pencilled in for June 26 when she contests the Yew Tee Classic Stakes (1800m).

She raced in Australia last year but lost form after a promising first-up weight-for-age placing to Whobegotyou at Moonee Valley.

A last-start sixth to Lizard’s Desire in the Singapore International Cup at Kranji last month convinced Dr Tan the mare was worthy of another overseas trip.

Jolie’s Shinju has raced 26 times, registering nine wins and seven minor placings for $1.3 million in earnings.

Her most important victory came in last year’s Group One Singapore Derby.

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