An Entertaining Win

Date: 19 Sep 2022

An Entertaining Win

 

It was great to see Te Akau Singapore trainer Donna Logan record another winning double - the first winner being Super Posh, followed by Entertainer who extended his winning record at Kranji on Saturday ...

 

Entertainer, raced by Fortuna Racing, recorded his eighth career in at Kranji on Saturday.  It was a comfortable victory by the Zoustar 5YO to claim the S$70,000 Class 3 1000m in the hands of stable apprentice Fadzli Yusoff.

Th gelding was sent straight to the front and settled there, uncontested, until the 250m mark when the challengers emerged.  Headed by Darc Bounty, is is a credit to horse that he dug deep and found more, to overhaul his opponent and nab the win by a head.

 

 

Entertainer became Te Akau Singapore's 47th winner for the season and trainer Donna Logan no sits second (two wins off the lead) on the Trainers' Premiership.  He has now won S$293,000 in stake money.

 

The Singapore Turf Club also reported on another horse for the team, King Arthur ... (excerpt) ...

 

Everyone in racing loves a good omen and in a week where the United Kingdom crowns a new monarch - King Charles III - Singapore's most improved horse - King Arthur - was hoping to continue his royal run of form in Saturday's $100,000 Class 1 race over 1100m on the Polytrack (unfortunately he had to settle for fifth placing).

Remarkably, the now five-year-old started this season off a rating of 62 when he won in Class 4 Company on January 2, before being narrowly beaten (0.8 lengths) at his last start in the Group 1 Lion City Cup (1200m). Then, his rating increased to 102.

That ascent to the top echelon of the Singapore sprinting ranks in one calendar year included another five wins and a couple of placings. Trainer Donna Logan reckons the honest King Arthur has more to offer before the 2022 season comes to a close.

“We thought he was a progressive type back when he was running in Class 4 company but he's definitely shown he's much more than that,” said Logan on Tuesday.

“His first six wins were on the Poly(track) but he really hit his straps at the top level when we got him going on the turf.”

Indeed, since his last Polytrack win in a Class 3 race on May 8, the Fortuna NZ Racing Stable star has shown his class at the top level with three exceptional turf runs; two wins at Class 2 and Class 1 company on 18 June and 17 July respectively, and his second placing at Group 1 level on August 14.

“There's not many races for him coming up so (Saturday was) a real pipe-opener fresh after the Lion City (Cup),” explained Logan.

“He's always trying and he's super honest but he (wasn't) 100% wound up for (Saturday). So this race will bring him on immensely.

“There's a turf race on October 2 (Class 1 race over 1200m) and that's where he's headed.

And what of that ‘oh-so-close' run in the Lion City Cup?

“I really expected him to be right in the money in that race,” continued Logan of what would have been a remarkable victory at Group 1 Weight-For-Age level given King Arthur's swift rise through the grades.

“Maybe if (jockey) Blake (Shinn) had ridden him before he may have gone a fraction later but it's hard to fault him (Shinn). The winner (Lim's Kosciuszko) is a top horse and we almost pinched it. He (King Arthur) will get another chance next year - we are already preparing and looking forward to it - and hopefully he can go one better.”

Logan - who is enjoying a breakout season in Singapore and currently sits just two wins (47 wins) behind leader Tim Fitzsimmons on the 2022 trainers' premiership - and has one eye on turf racing returning the next week.

“A lot of our horses seem to prefer the turf so we can't wait for the 24th (September),” she said.

Of the trainers' title race, Logan had other things on her mind but was happy to be in the conversation.

“Look, I'm rapt for the team as they put in the work and its just rewards for them,” said the only female trainer plying her trade at Kranji.

“But if it happens, it happens and I'm not living day-to-day thinking about it.

“At the end of the day, it may be whoever gets some fresh legs in their stable before the season finishes and we just continue doing our job.”

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