rite1Rite Of Spring (Manoel Nunes) makes a smashing winning debut on Friday.

“He’s a very nice horse and has a nice future,” Nunes told the Singapore Turf Club after the victory.”

“The plan was to box-seat on him, but [Rite of Spring] jumped so well from barrier one and we were in front so I just let him do it all himself.”

“He held it together really well into the straight and when I asked him to quicken up he just exploded away.”

“He’s got a very good temperament and I think he will be even better when he gets out over a bit more ground, especially if he can take a sit like I wanted to tonight.”

Rite of Spring is the sixth individual winner for the China Horse Club from only six individual runners, a dynamic start for the club in its maiden season of racing. A great deal of credit goes to the bloodstock and international training team. Special mention must be made of Duncan Ramage of DGR Thoroughbreds who has been instrumental in the selection of many of the CHC’s early performers in Australia and Singapore.

At the time of writing three of DGR Thoroughbreds’ selected performers have raced, Scarlet Moretta, Olympic Anthem and Rite of Spring have all won in impressive fashion on debut.

“Our members are delighted with the manner in which our racing team is delivering on its promise. Nothing comes without hard work, dedication and a clear understanding of our program and what we are trying to achieve,” said the CHC’s General Manager, Eden Harrington.

“Our trainers Michael Freedman (Singapore), Nicolas Clement (France), Christophe Clement (USA), Anthony Freedman (Australia) and Robert Heathcote (Australia) have all provided us with winners at this early stage and I am encouraged by the feedback from other members of our training team and have no doubt further success will come this year.”

Rite of Spring is a member of the CHC’s Ganbei Syndicate which includes the last start G1 Singapore Derby placegetter, Tropaios, and the unraced Arrowhead. All three are under the care of Michael Freedman in Singapore.