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Singapore’s Right – Says Fred

Equus owner praises well-run racing destination

Longstanding South African owner Fred Crabbia, who has enjoyed many winners with Ricardo Le Grange, says he would not hesitate in recommending Singapore as a racing destination.

Fred Crabbia

Fred Crabbia

Crabbia enjoyed a successful past season in South Africa with his top 5yo It’s My Turn scooping the SA Champion Stayer award at Equus on Tuesday evening.

The son of Dynasty, who won three top staying features in five weeks, was rejected by the Vodacom Durban July panel, to many people’s dismay. He went on to end the season on a high with a smooth victory in the Gold Cup.

On the subject of Singapore, Fred says that,  unlike in South Africa, where keep costs had spiralled exponentially and stakes had stagnated, the mathematics of racing horses in Singapore made economic sense.

“Ricardo is a first class guy – straight down the line – the kind of trainer any owner would want.”

See Ricardo Le Grange’s invitation to race in Singapore here

He added that there are also no grey areas in Singapore.

“Things are well managed and specific. Clear policies are in place. That means you know where you stand and there is no unnecessary aggravation. I don’t want to harp on It’s My Turn’s Vodacom Durban July exclusion, but that is first hand substantiation that racing here needs more direction. I cannot understand how Vodacom allows the negativity around their big race every year. If specific guidelines were in place, then nobody can ever feel hard done by. Gold Circle can’t have it both ways. If the July is an invitational race, it surely doesn’t warrant automatic Gr1 status?”

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4 comments on “Singapore’s Right – Says Fred

  1. Jimmy says:

    I cannot agree more with Fred Crabbia,he has too often received the short end of the straw and what saddens me further is a man with his investment ethic has to invest in a foreign racing jurisdiction all because administrators in the local racing jurisdiction would rather look after their own agenda’s !!!

  2. Josh Brown says:

    True Mr Crabbia, the July is not a true reflection of the best horses run race

  3. Tex Lerena says:

    To qualify for the July points should be earned from the last run July to the next with a suitable cut off date – winning distance 1600m – 2400m :
    1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
    GR1 – 120 100 80 60 40
    GR2 – 100 80 60 40 20
    GR3 – 80 60 40 20 10
    Listed 60 40 20 10 5
    Restricted races with gross stake money of R250,000 +


    1. karel says:

      So who would have been in the field in the last few July’s based on this point system?
      Did you work it out?
      Or is it a thumbsuck?

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