Prime time for Stromberg Carlson in Singapore

Saturday, 2 July 2011

Primera Espada bounced back to form for Raheen Stud sire Stromberg Carlson in Singapore on Friday night.

The talented gelding gave champion jockey Joao Moreira the second leg of a winning treble after taking a split at the top of the straight. “All the credit to the horse – I’m only the rider,” Moreira said. “Once he found the gap, he just kept fighting so well.”

Primera Espada (4g Stromberg Carlson – Aback by Marauding) has won three of his 10 starts in Singapore and Moreira has been on board for all three.

Trainer Douglas Dragon is one of Moreira’s staunchest supporters. “Joao wants to win on every horse,” Dragon said. “Primera Espada would not have won with another jockey. He rode him very well.”

Raheen sold Primera Espada for $34,000 at the Magic Millions. His dam Aback won at Hawkesbury and is a half-sister to Flemington winner Twisted Heart (Distorted Humor).

Aback has also foaled Brisbane winner Nicolo Sequalo (Sequalo) and her latest is a colt by Raheen sire Publishing born last October.

Primera Espada isn’t the only Stromberg Carlson to have made an impact in Singapore. Super Velocity comes from the same crop and he was also sold for $34,000 at the 2008 Magic Millions.

Together, the pair have earned over S$200,000.

Super Velocity (3g Stromberg Carlson – Genet by Yeats) was a two-time winner up to 2200m during his first campaign for trainer Stephen Gray and the Amigo Stable.

“I reckon Super Velocity has a future as a fast stayer,” Gray predicted last year. The gelding will return to winning form when stepped up to longer trips in the next month or two.

Primera Espada