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NZB Graduate First Stakes Winner for Echoes of Heaven
Unbeaten NZB Ready to Run Sale graduate Countofmontecristo (Echoes Of Heaven) added to his growing reputation when he extended his unbeaten record to four in Sunday's S$250,000 Sgp-3 Singapore 3YO Sprint (1200m). After scoring impressive front-running victories in his first three starts in lower grades, Countofmontecristo stepped up in class for Sunday's race, the first leg of the Singapore Three-Year-Old Challenge. Offered by Kiltannon Stables at the 2015 Ready to Run Sale, Countofmontecristo was purchased by Brendon McCullum's Vermair Racing for $57,500. Trained by Michael Clements, Countofmontecristo has won more than S$250,000 in prize money for his owner Joe Giovanni Sarjeet Singh. Countofmontecristo was bred by Heather, Peter and Tom Crofskey. The Crofskeys have bred and raced a number of high-class horses over the years, including the 2013 New Zealand Derby winner Habibi. Countofmontecristo is the first stakes winner for Linwood Park's Echoes of Heaven, an Encosta de Lago half-brother to multiple champion Australian sire Redoute's Choice.