Arrowfield stalwart Flying Spur completed a Group winning weekend when Flying Fulton gave Kiwi trainer Mark Walker his first black-type victory in Singapore on Sunday night.
Flying Fulton (5g Flying Spur – Fulton by Zabeel) was sent out favourite for the G3 Committee’s Prize (1600m) at Kranji and was too good for his rivals running out a clear winner for Walker and the Te Akau Racing Stable.
Flying Spur’s Perth based galloper Bliss Street had taken on Melbourne’s best fillies and emerged a G3 winner of the Thousand Guineas Prelude (1400m) at Caulfield on Saturday.
“Winning big races back home in New Zealand seems to happen all the time but it’s a bit of a struggle when you are in a new country,” Walker said. “It’s only our first season here and we’ve been punching well above our weight in the big races.”
Flying Spur has sired 750 individual winners world-wide and they have won a total of 2572 races at a 65% strike-rate. His latest Singapore winner is the first foal of a half-sister to Flemington stakes winner Purple Groove (Rhythm).
Flying Fulton was sold for $210,000 at the 2008 NZB Ready to Run Sale by Mana Park. “This bloke is a beautiful athlete,” Walker said. “He has come through as an older horse and I think we will aim him at the G1 Kranji Mile next month.”
NZ Bloodstock’s Ready to Run Sale has been a source of success in Singapore this year. Other graduates from the Karaka 2YO Sale include Fat Kid (Handsome Ransom) in the G2 Queen Elizabeth Cup and Dontellthewife (Volksraad) in the the G3 Moonbeam Vase.
Flying Fulton completed a treble for NZB Ready to Run Sale graduates at Kranji on Sunday following Ninth Avenue (Quorum) and Steven (Elusive City).
NZB graduates also won three races in Hong Kong on Sunday night with My Memory (Strategic Image), Shiny Day (Bahhare) and Five Clubs (Danbird).