Singing A Winning Tune

Jul 07, 2013

"A great training effort," enthused race caller Terry Bailey as The Jazz Singer resumed with a strong winning performance at Mornington on Sunday.

Having his first start since July last year, the sparingly raced five-year-old settled midfield, at times sitting wide from his outside gate.

As noted wet tracker Ladramahs kicked clear early in the straight, it was only The Jazz Singer doing the chasing - the pair drawing clear off the pack and our fellow getting the upper hand over the fial stages.

Raced by Michael Kent who loved the son of Singspiel as soon as he spied him at the 2009 Easter Yearling Sale, The Jazz Singer was bred by Classic Thoroughbreds. He is out of the imported stakes placed Affirmed mare Hiddnah whose third dam is one of the great mares of the turf - Northern Dancer's finest daughter Fanfreluche.

Whilst an outstanding race and broodmare (crowned Canadian Horse Of The Year before producing 14 winners), Fanfreluche - whose Australian bred descendants include the champion stallions Flying Spur and Encosta de Lago - is best known as the mare who was mysteriously kidnapped only to turn up a five months later being well looked after by a farmer whose kids were using her as a riding pony, not realising she was in foal!

And in foal to not just any stallion either - the legendary Secretariat!

A horse who loves rain affected tracks, The Jazz Singer has won three of his five starts and is yet to finish out of the first two.

"He is a lovely horse," Kent said, noting that the bay who has had a few fetlock issues "has just needed time."