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14/05/02 Emma's Duo Continue to Star in Singapore

You couldn't blame Victorian based owner and breeder Emma Boling for having a soft spot for racing in Singapore.

As part of what she describes as an "international experiment" Boling and her partner Graeme Little sent two horses to race in Singapore.

The two - the former dashing performer Steal a Scene and the promising youngster Sloane Street - both jetted off to Singapore for what was going to be an interesting "experiment."

But Boling and Little could not have dreamed of the success they would have a few months down the track.

On Saturday night the recent winning form of both gallopers reached another level when they both won on the same program - and not just any program - it was international race night.

Yes that's right, the same night the Australian bred, owned and trained gelding North Boy stolled away to win the Group Three Krisflyer Sprint at the Kranji track.

Before North Boy sent the Australians wild in the stands they were already cheering after the first race was run.

Sloane Street, a three-year-old filly by Dolphin Street, gave the males a galloping lesson in her two length win in a S$55,000 event.

"We were pretty confident Sloane Street would run well before the race," Boling recalled. "But she gave us a scare when she was on her way to the barriers before the race."

Boling recalled the moment when her in form filly stumbled when going out on the track.

"She stumbled for a stride and then obviously stumbled again," Boling said. "Saimee (her jockey) thought something bad had happened and he jumped off her immediately."

"Thankfully there was nothing wrong and the rest is history."

History yes - Sloane Street pulled away for an easy win as Boling and Little cheered from the stand.

Boling however admitted she was in the process of having a bet when the filly stumbled and with the uncertainty of the incident she halved her bet!

While the North Boy celebrations were continuing Boling and Little centred their attention to the second of their runners, the former dashing Melbourne galloper Steal a Scene.

Boling admits now that she had virtually given up hope of winning the race in the middle stages.

"He was pulling hard in front and I turned to the others and told them that he was no chance," Boling said. "But to his credit he fought hard and drew away to win by three lengths."

Steal a Scene, a South Australian bred galloper, is being set for the Singapore Gold Cup, a race he finished unplaced in last year.

"He ran in the Cup at his first run in Singapore last year and he just was not ready for it. He's much better now," she said.

Both Sloane Street and Steal a Scene are trained by former Flemington based trainer John Meagher, who shot to the lead in the premiership thanks to the Boling double.

Meagher will get another instalment from the "international experiment" shortly. Boling is in the process of sending her third horse to Singapore.

"We're actually sending up Racer's Edge's full brother at the moment," Boling said. "He's two, rising three, and like his big brother he isn't overly attractive but that didn't stop his brother did it!"

With two of the current best performed gallopers in the country at present and one well bred youngster on the way, we can expect to hear more success for the Boling and Meagher combination in Singapore for a while yet!

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