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The Runners & Their Teams 2015

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SINGAPORE AIRLINES INTERNATIONAL CUP'S RUNNER & TEAM

  • STEPITUP
  • [Barrier No: 9]
  • Small in size but big-hearted. Blitzed his three-year-old peers two years ago and lost no marks as a four-year-old landing two Group 3 wins in middle-distance events. Often luckless when caught wide or checked, he finally redeemed himself since moving to trainer Laurie Laxon’s yard this year with a gutsy head win to nut out Quechua in the Group 2 QEII Cup (2000m) on April 26. Handles good tracks mostly. Always tries his best, but may be tested at this International level, especially if he draws wide.
Description: 5 B G
Sire: HUSSONET (USA)
Dam: AIN'T SEEN NOTHIN' (AUS)
Trainer: LAURIE LAXON (SG)
Owner: TIVIC STABLE
Season: 2014
Summary: 11 1 2 3
Career 25 10 4 4
Earnings(SGD): S$1,630,483
  • Stepitup
PAST RUNS
Race Date Ctry & Track Going Dist Barrier Place Race Category & Name WTR Wt Margin Odds Jockey Win Time Winner / Second
26-Apr-2015 SIN,KRJ (LH) T(G) 2000 2 1/9 QUEEN ELIZABETH II CUP 114 58 0.2 18 M Nunes 2:03.15 Quechua
03-Apr-2015 SIN,KRJ (LH) T(G) 1400 8 3/12 KRANJI STAKES A 111 58 0.9 19 Cw Brown 1:21.78 Goodman
15-Mar-2015 SIN,KRJ (LH) P(G) 1200 9 2/12 MERLION TROPHY 111 57.5 1.3 95 B Vorster 1:11.05 El Padrino
16-Nov-2014 SIN,KRJ (LH) T(G) 2200 7 8/16 LONGINES SINGAPORE GOLD CUP 107 53.5 5.4 50 D Flores 2:15.07 Quechua
26-Oct-2014 SIN,KRJ (LH) T(G) 1800 11 3/13 RAFFLES CUP 107 58 6.6 69 J Mcdonald 1:46.34 War Affair
05-Oct-2014 SIN,KRJ (LH) T(G) 1600 3 12/14 PANASONIC KRANJI MILE 99 58 8.7 51 D Flores 1:33.72 War Affair
07-Sep-2014 SIN,KRJ (LH) T(G) 1400 8 14/14 JUMBO JET TROPHY 97 58 6.8 32 D Flores 1:22.40 Flax
27-Jul-2014 SIN,KRJ (LH) T(G) 1800 11 3/11 CHAIRMAN'S TROPHY 110 58 1 16 D Flores 1:47.72 Goodman
Laurie Laxon
  • TRAINER:
  • LAURIE LAXON (SG)
Nine-time champion trainer Laurie Laxon, 69, is regarded as one of the best trainers based at Kranji. The New Zealander has more than 30 years of experience in racehorse training, during which his biggest achievement was capturing the 1988 Melbourne Cup with Empire Rose, followed by the 1993 Hong Kong International Cup with Romanee Conti. After a slow beginning to his Singapore career in 2000, Laxon has subsequently always finished in the Top 5 on the trainer’s premiership, which he won from 2004 to 2009 and from 2012 to 2014. He broke his own record of 100 wins registered at Kranji in 2004 when he hauled in 104 wins in 2008, and made history when he became the first trainer to reach the 1,000th win milestone at Kranji with Alan on July 19, 2013. Despite his success on the domestic front, a win in the SIA Cup has eluded the Kiwi trainer even after fielding runners since 2001, bar last year. Recast gave him his best result in the SIA Cup with a second place in 2008. He was represented in three editions of the KrisFlyer, without success either.
Manoel Nunes
  • JOCKEY:
  • MANOEL NUNES (BRA)
Manoel Nunes, 39, commenced his apprenticeship in 1995 and was granted a jockey’s licence in 1996. Apart from riding in his home of Brazil, he has also ridden in Argentina, Hong Kong, Mauritius, Dubai, but is probably better remembered for his success in Macau. He went to the former Portuguese enclave in 2002 and won the Macau Jockey’s Championships in the 2004/05 and 2005/06 racing seasons before heading to Hong Kong for the next two years. The 2008/2009 racing season saw him return to Macau having an immediate impact with three straight Jockey’s Championship and during the 2010/11 season, he notched his 700th Macau winner. He has scored 15 Group 1 wins out of his 38 Group successes. The last two years have seen Nunes make Singapore his home. At his very first season in 2013, he finished runner-up to fellow countryman Joao Moreira and with the latter gone to Hong Kong in October 2013, Nunes landed his first Singapore champion jockey title in 2014. That same year, he claimed a raft of feature races, none more prestigious than the Group 1 Emirates Singapore Derby with Spalato. He is the current runaway leader on the Singapore jockey’s premiership.