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Kiwi Karma showcases her juvenile talent
Michael Lee

Promising filly Kiwi Karma gave a good sample of her qualities when she blew away her six rivals to comfortably land the $90,000 IRT Juvenile Stakes (1100m), the second Leg of the Singapore Golden Horseshoe two-year-old series on Friday night.


Prepared by trainer Laurie Laxon and ridden by jockey Manoel Nunes, the pint-sized two-year-old filly by Fast ‘N’ Famous was so quick out of the machine that she was two lengths clear of the rest after only a few strides.


The race was all but already won from that point onwards. Kiwi Karma was able to control the pace to a nicety with none of her rivals causing her much hassle in the first 600m. Rock Esprit (Barend Vorster) did try to take up the race to her by the home turn, but the moment Nunes opened up the reins, the race was over in the twinkling of an eye. 

Kiwi Karma (Manoel Nunes) claims the second Leg of the Singapore Golden Horseshoe series.

The bonny filly bounded away to open up to a commanding break, leaving her rivals chasing shadows as she careered away to a most impressive 2 ¼-length win. Rock Esprit knuckled down gamely to the task, but faltered late to give away second spot to the fast-finishing Confeign (Oscar Chavez) by three parts of a length. The winning time was 1min 6.66secs for the 1100m on Polytrack.


“She’s only a small filly, but she’s got big strides. She’s certainly got quality,” said Laxon.


“She was very unlucky at her first run (second to Barnato in the first Leg) as she was caught wide and had to be taken back. She still ran on very well.


“Tonight, she was really quick out of the gates and she did it easily enough. She took a while to pull up and that tells me she will get more distance.” 

Trainer Laurie Laxon, jockey Manoel Nunes with the Dsands Stable (from left to right), Susan
and Stefan Focas, Dia Banerji and Nanik Ramchandani.

As her name rightly suggests, Kiwi Karma is “all 100% fresh New Zealand” product, being a New Zealand-bred purchased out of the trials by Kiwi bloodstock agent Phil Cataldo at the Waipa Racing Club in Te Awamutu.


“Phil buys most of my horses and found this filly from a three-horse barrier trial. She trialled pretty good and he got her for some new owners of mine, the Dsands Stable, who happens to have a Kiwi among them,” said Laxon, himself one of New Zealand’s finest exports.


Nunes, the only non-Kiwi element in the equation, said he never had any anxious moments after Kiwi Karma’s early toe landed her in front in double-quick time.


“For a two-year-old, she is very professional. She just put herself in front and was cantering for me,” said the Brazilian jockey, the current leader in the Singapore jockey’s premiership.


“I just controlled the pace and once she switched her legs at the top of the straight, she just kicked on and they were never going to beat her. She just kept going.”

Sent out as the odds-on favourite, Kiwi Karma returned a skinny $7 payout to her many backers.