The 2015 Cape Guineas winner Noah From Goa makes his debut for Ricardo Le Grange at Kranji in Singapore this evening in the S$125,000 Kranji Stakes ‘A’ over 1200 metres.
He runs in the sixth at 14h55 and will be ridden by Noresh Juglall.
Racing in the silks of Mary Slack’s Wilgerbosdrift (Pty) Ltd. and formerly trained by Mike de Kock, the 5-year-old gelding followed his Guineas success with a strong third-place effort behind Horses of the Year Legal Eagle and Legislate in the 2016 Gr1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate.
Multiple Gr2-placed in Dubai in 2017, when part-owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa,he ran third in the Gr2 Zabeel Mile in February.
New trainer Ricardo Le Grange conceded that it is a belated start for the chestnut.
“He was meant to run in the [May 26] Kranji Mile, but the race came too soon and he wasn’t ready for the race,” Le Grange told the Singapore Turf Club’s Michael Lee.
“A 1200m race is a bit sharp for him, but it’s also a nice race to start with. I noticed in his trackwork he likes looking at everything, and that’s why we are trying blinkers on him. He had a trial with them [June 26] and he did really well but usually he doesn’t show much in his work. That is not to say I will leave the blinkers on all the time. It’s a learning curve for all of us.”
A R325,000 graduate of the 2014 Emperor’s Palace National 2-Year-Old Sale, Noah From Goa has won five of his 12 career starts for earnings of US$205,730.