Singapore Winning Continues

Date: 2 Nov 2013

Singapore Winning Continues

Barely a weekend of Singapore racing goes by without Te Akau Singapore trainer Mark Walker delivering winning results for our owners.

Friday night at Kranji was no different - this time with line honours being claimed by Golden Sand Steed - a Pins gelding out of Ambitious purchased by David Ellis - taking out the $75,000 Kranji Stakes C over 1000m.

In a race of tactics, the battle was won by Te Akau apprentice Shafiq Rusof who had the 4YO settled in the running midfield.  The horse showed a brilliant turn of foot over the final stages of the sprint distance to win comfortably by 1.5 lengths.

Golden Sand Steed has been a hugely consistent horse for the team - in his 17 starts he has only once been unplaced - winning six, being runner up seven times and third or fourth on four other occasions. With Friday night's win, his stakes now stand at just over $300,000 - terrific result in just 17 appearances.

Golden Sand Steed was purchased by David Ellis from the Karaka Sale for $65,000 from the draft of Waikato Stud.  Bred by Jim and Bill Gartshore, last night's win could herald a weekend of family success!

Also bred by the Gartshore brothers, Best Case (by Savabeel from Ambitious) lines up in the first today at Flemington, the Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes - already the winner of two from five starts with $181,000 in stakes banked.  His full brother Strike the Stars also steps out in in the last at Melbourne today, contesting the Group 3 Tabcorp Stakes.  A talented 5YO, he has already won over $500,000 in stakes.

The success of the night also continued with both Providence and Zac Gallant finishing second, the former by just a nose, and Invictus running into third.  With only eight weeks of the current season remaining, it has been a huge one for Mark and the team with 59 wins, 81 second and 67 third placings. After leading the Trainers' Premiership for the majority of the season, Mark currently lies in fourth place.

Te Akau Singapore has now earned over $3.5 million in prizemoney for our owners - a success story in itself!


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