Kiwi horses and Karaka graduates continued on their winning way with five (NZ) gallopers winning in Singapore on Sunday night.
They have won over 50% of all black-type races in Singapore so far this year with current stars Super Easy (Darci Brahma) and Chase Me (Storm Creek) among the list of top performers.
Ex-pat New Zealand trainer Mark Walker has played a big part in that success preparing NZB graduate Flying Fulton (Flying Spur) to two Singapore black-type wins this season.
Walker claimed a winning double in the first two races on the card on Sunday starting with Fastnet Rock gelding Affirmation (NZ). He was a $700,000 purchase for David Ellis from Pencarrow Stud at the 2008 Karaka Premier Sale. “Dropping back to Class 5 class suited him,” Walker said. “He had been racing well in Class 4 grade but can be a bit unpredictable.”
Fellow Kiwi trainer Laurie Laxon prepared his 48th win for the season with Devonshire (NZ). He is within one of current leader Stephen Burridge. Devonshire (Bachelor Duke) took his tally to 3 wins from 13 starts for NZ Bloodstock staffers Mike Kneebone and Jim Bruford.
Makkura (NZ) has made a great start to her career in Singapore with trainer John O’Hara. The Falkirk mare has now won three of her four starts and over $100,000 after Sunday’s result. She graduated from the Poseidon Bloodstock draft for $12,000 at the 2009 Karaka Festival Sale.
Coffee Kid (NZ) then weighed in with his second victory for Blue Diamond Stable. The Black Minnaloushe gelding is trained by Tan Hai Wang and was a bargain $1,000 purchase from the 2009 NZB Winter Sale at Karaka.
Consistent galloper City Lad (NZ) completed a big night for the Kiwis on Sunday at Kranji. Trained by Desmond Koh, the Elusive City gelding was offered by Phoenix Park at 2010 NZB Ready to Run 2YO Sale.