Local breeding received a huge boost overnight when first-season sire SCOPACIRI’s second only runner, FLAG OF COMMAND (previously known as SCOPAWIN) won on debut in Singapore. It was a strong open race, and he won by 2 lengths despite having barrier 13 in a field of 14 runners. The horse led from the start, and in spite of running greenly in the home straight he won comfortably.

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Peter is obviously delighted with the early success of SCOPACIRI’s progeny, and confirmed his belief that the stallion would throw strong early types, with plenty of speed, rather like SCOPACIRI himself! After his first five runners performed so well in trials (3 winners) astute breeders have already booked some very well-bred mares to the stallion for the forthcoming season.

The following article appeared in today’s Singapore press:


The Open race for two-year-olds, the $65,000 Hello Argentina Stakes over 1200m saw a boilover result when $224 roughie Flag Of Command landed the top prize.

Despite showing some gate speed at his two barrier trials, the unraced gelding by little-known Perth sire Scopaciri was given a wide berth by most punters after he drew the second-worst barrier in No 13.

But Brazilian jockey Ivaldo Santana produced a gem of a ride when he bounced the Mok Zhan Lun-trained newcomer out like a flash to vie for the lead, which he was able to secure after a tussle with Oasis Spur (Saifudin Ismail).

Flag Of Command settled into his leading role rather easily to swing for home as the one to run down, but the better fancies like One Smart Cat (John Powell) and Golden Sand Steed (Opie Bosson) were both expected to descend on him.

But to everybody’s surprise, Flag Of Command did not buckle and continued to accelerate though he was inclined to hang out under pressure to score a rather comfortable two-length win from Golden Sand Steed with One Smart Cat third another neck away. The winning time was 1min 12.63secs on the yielding track.

“He did show some speed in his trials but I didn’t think he had a chance from that wide gate,” said Mok.

“I just told the jockey to try and educate him, but he jumped and ran and to my surprise he just kept going.

“He’s still green as he was going all over the shop in the last bit, but he still won well.”

Mok said the owners Kim Stable, who also races Fat Bobo, his last winner on July 1, purchased Flag Of Command from Perth.

He was also happy with the run by his more fancied runner ($28) Pioneer Seven (Greg Cheyne), who was badly checked at the 300m to run fifth.

“It wasn’t a bad run. He got into some traffic problems, or else he could have finished closer,” he said.

Santana, who continues to knock in winners on a regular basis (25th win), said Flag Of Command proved hard to assist in the concluding stages, but his good toe earned him the race.

“He was very quick out of the gates,” said the Brazilian jockey.

“But I had to keep pulling him back in in the home straight. I think he handles the turf better than the Polytrack.”

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