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  • [Barrier No: 4]
  • Honest Argentinian-bred who is just a notch below the top guns at Kranji. Runs mainly on turf but three of his four wins were recorded on Polytrack, at his only three attempts. Has two Group 3 wins to his credit but best run was arguably his second to War Affair in last year’s Group 1 Panasonic Kranji Mile (1600m). Trialled well on May 7 and is in tip-top shape. No win over 2000m against him. Job ahead at this level even with Joao Moreira in the irons.
Description: 5 BR G
Sire: LODE (USA)
Season: 2014
Summary: 15 4 2 2
Career 32 8 6 6
Earnings(SGD): S$865,662
  • Johnny Guitar
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) 1600 1 3/8 ADMIRALTY CLASSIC STAKES 112 58 2.3 23 B Vorster 1:35.57 Hughsy
03-Apr-2015 SIN,KRJ (LH) T(G) 1400 10 4/12 KRANJI STAKES A 108 58 2.2 39 N Juglall 1:21.78 Goodman
14-Dec-2014 SIN,KRJ (LH) P(G) 1700 2 1/12 COLONIAL CHIEF STAKES  114 57 2.8 11 J Powell 1:45.64 Boomarang Deluxe
16-Nov-2014 SIN,KRJ (LH) T(G) 1600 3 5/11 OPEN 105 59 4.7 13 Mm Firdaus 1:34.56 Davide
26-Oct-2014 SIN,KRJ (LH) T(G) 1800 10 6/13 RAFFLES CUP 104 58 8.7 59 J Powell 1:46.34 War Affair
05-Oct-2014 SIN,KRJ (LH) T(G) 1600 6 2/14 PANASONIC KRANJI MILE 114 58 1.8 115 J Powell 1:33.72 War Affair
14-Sep-2014 SIN,KRJ (LH) P(G) 1600 5 1/6 KRANJI STAKES A 113 56.5 2 15 J Powell 1:41.09 Dujardin
27-Jul-2014 SIN,KRJ (LH) T(G) 1800 7 7/11 CHAIRMAN'S TROPHY 106 58 3.6 55 B Vorster 1:47.72 Goodman
Patrick Shaw
Patrick Shaw, 58, started out as stable employee in 1988 before being upgraded with a professional trainer's licence by the Jockey Club of Southern Africa in 1990. Shaw was consistently among the Top-10 trainers in South Africa and counts his success with Teal in the 1995 Durban July as his biggest achievement before relocating to Singapore in 2001. His first horse of note was Palace Line, who won the International Group 3 Singapore Classic and the Singapore Guineas in 2002. Boosted by his close association with prominent South African owner Fred Crabbia, Shaw has prepared useful horses like Blizz Bless, Que Expresion and War Horn, but none comes close to Singapore’s champion sprinter Rocket Man. A winner of 20 races from 27 starts, Rocket Man rewrote Singapore history in 2011 when he became the first Singapore-trained horse to win an International Group 1 race, landing the Group 1 Dubai Golden Shaheen at Meydan in 2011. Two months later, he broke through for his first KrisFlyer win at his third attempt. That year also saw Shaw clinch his first trainer’s premiership title after preparing 78 winners. He made it back-to-back KrisFlyer triumphs when Ato saluted in 2012.The South African handler will be the busiest trainer at the Internationals this year, saddling a big team of five runners, including four in the SIA Cup.
John Powell
Joao Moreira, 31, took Singapore by storm between 2009 and 2013, landing four premiership titles and smashing record after record, before he continued on his crusade in Hong Kong where he is enjoying the same resounding success, currently well on his way to his first title after finishing second to Zac Purton at his first season last year despite missing two months of the championship. After showing his wares with a third place on 69 wins on the log at his first Kranji foray in 2009, the Brazilian jockey went on to secure four consecutive premiership titles (2010 to 2013), blitzing the record of most wins at Kranji when he reached the incredible haul of 206 wins in 2012. But all these were eclipsed by that almost superhuman feat of his – probably unmatched in racing’s record books and for years to come – score a perfect eight from eight at Kranji on 6 September 2013. Moreira, who began his career in 2000, was not as well known when he was riding in Brazil, though he was a two-time Brazilian Eclipse Award (Trofeu Mossoro) winner (2006/7 and 2007/8) and boasted a fine record of over 1,000 wins, including the Grade 1 Grande Premio Diana and Grande Premio Henrique de Toledo Lara, both captured in 2008 with Bubbly Jane in Sao Paulo. Before Moreira came to Singapore, his overseas resume included Argentina, France, Dubai and Uruguay, but his fame has since propelled him to international success in Hong Kong, Australia, South Africa, England, Malaysia, Macau and Sweden, including success in jockey’s challenges in South Africa, Hong Kong and the UK’s famous Shergar Cup. Among Moreira’s most recent overseas feats are his two wins at his first Dubai World Cup participation in 2014 when he landed the Group 1 Dubai Golden Shaheen with Sterling City and the Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint with Amber Sky, and his ever-growing Australian Group 1 tally this year with a win aboard Brazen Beau in the Newmarket Handicap. His major highlights in Hong Kong include the Group 1 Longines Hong Kong Mile, HKG1 Stewards’ Cup and HKG1 Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup on Able Friend and the Group 1 Longines Hong Kong Cup and HKG1 Hong Kong Gold Cup on Designs On Rome. He has a phenomenal 108 Hong Kong wins so far this season for a total of 208 (as of 4 May). On 1 March, 2015, he equalled the Hong Kong record of six wins in a day held by Douglas Whyte and Brett Prebble. Though Moreira has won many Group 1 races in Singapore, headlined by the Emirates Singapore Derby with Chase Me in 2012, the SIA Cup and KrisFlyer have, however, still proven elusive to the jockey they call ‘Magic’.