Perfect Way To Finish Up

Jan 11, 2011

29 JAN 2011 | CRAIG BRENNAN

The John Meagher stable could not have scripted a more perfect ending to their 11 year stint in Singapore.
 
Just as their very first runner all those years ago Quorum was successful back in 1999, their final runner at Kranji sent them home in top spirits.
 
Village, ridden by Robbie Fradd, came from back in the field to be the widest runner on straightening before wearing down the leaders to score a half-length victory over That’stheone (Saimee Jumaat) with Steven (Koh Teck Huat) a neck away third.
 
With Meagher senior back in Melbourne on business it was left to sons Chris and Daniel to saddle the stable’s only two runners for the night – Monkey Man, second to Ten Ten Lai in the Open Benchmark 83 Stakes and Village in the final event of the programme, the $55,000 Class 4 Stakes over 1200m.
 
“It’s an end of era and the best possible way to finish it,” said Chris.
 
“He’s a horse that has a stack of ability but you have to get him on the night and tonight was his night.”
 
One of the first to congratulate the Meagher boys was Dr Yeoh Kheng Chye who spoilt the party with the victory of Ten Ten Lei earlier in the evening.
 
“You spoilt it for us earlier but we’ve now got it back,” joked Chris as Dr Yeoh walked by.
 
Despite the late hour back in Melbourne – 1.20am Saturday morning – Meagher senior was on the phone shortly after Village crossed the line.
 
“Give him (Village) a kiss and a cuddle from me,” Meagher yelled down the phone. “He deserves it.”
 
Chris Meagher said one last little trick the stable pulled out helped Village across the line.
 
“It was those Aussie blinkers. They got him across the line,” he joked.