Singapore Stakes-Winner for Rock of Gibraltar
Australian bred Zac Influence (4h Rock of Gibraltar-Kidman, by Quest for Fame) scored his first Black Type victory when taking out the Proinn Construct Stakes Sng Gr 3 at Kranji in Singapore on Friday. Having his first try over 1700m on the Kranji polytrack, Zac Influence settled back from his wide gate before being unleashed by leading apprentice Shafiq Rusof at the 700m, quickly rounding the field and racing away to beat smart performers Flying Fulton and Parfumier. Purchased by his trainer Cliff Brown from the draft of Newhaven Park Stud at the 2009 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale for $60,000, Zac Influence is the third foal of Group II placed Kidman, who hails from the family of former leading sire Zeditave. The son of Rock Of Gibraltar has won four of 13 starts to date for Andy Wong ’s Zac Stable, who had a large group of friends on hand to celebrate the victory. "He [Zac Influence] deserves this feature win”, said Brown’s foreman Tim Fitzsimmons. "He has always run in good company, finishing second to Gingerbread Man in the second leg of the Three-Year-Old Challenge. "I just told Shafiq to try and not get caught deep as he was jumping from a wide gate. He was caught a bit wide around the first turn but he was able to bring him back. "He made an early move that paid off. He is a tough horse who has a big future.” Zac Influence is the 69th stakes-winner worldwide for Rock of Gibraltar.