Te Akau Singapore Triple Winning Treat

Date: 14 Aug 2023

Te Akau Singapore Triple Winning Treat


Runner-up in the Trainers' Premiership last year, Te Akau Singapore trainer Donna Logan moved to fifth with a hat-trick on Sunday at Kranji Racecourse.


“It was very nice to get three wins on the programme for the owners and good for the team – boosts the morale and they’re all doing a fine job,” Logan said.

A winner at the corresponding meet last year, Charminton (5 g Charm Spirit – Sarzana, by High Chaparral) won the $50,000 Class 4 1200 metres.

Ridden by Te Akau Champion Apprentice Yusoff Fadzli (a2), Charminton, whom Logan rated a strong top three chance, had the leader in his sights throughout, took control at the 300m, and went on to win well.

Purchased by David Ellis CNZM for $50,000 at the 2021 Inglis (October) Online Sale and syndicated among Te Akau stable owners, Charminton was recording his fourth win and has now earned $176,287 prize money alone (with starter incentives in addition).



On good footing, Charminton scored by a length and a quarter and ran 1200 metres in 1:10.0.

“The race was spot on and all the stats lined up for him,” Logan said. “He was in good form at this time last year and horses often seem to do that. 

“He’d been racing consistently well leading up to this win, and just a bit unlucky to meet one better in his recent races.”



Originally purchased as a yearling at the 2020 Karaka Book 1 Sale, from the draft of Windsor Park Stud, and carrying a Sadler’s Wells (Northern Dancer) cross, Charminton is from the same family as Aromatic (Sacred Falls), a grey mare that had a terrific season for Te Akau with victories in the Counties Cup (Gr. 3, 2100m), Manawatu Breeders’ Stakes (Gr. 3, 2000m), and Travis Stakes (Gr. 2, 2000m). 




Beautifully positioned by jockey Simon Kok in the $70,000 Class 3 1200 metres, January (4 g Swiss Ace – Musically, by Belong To Me) was clear to challenge on straightening and got the better of race favourite King Zoustar (Zoustar) in a stern contest.

Confirming his form from the 3YO Series, where he won the Singapore Sprint (Gr. 3, 1200m) and finished fourth in the Singapore Classic (Gr. 3, 1400m), January had produced a super run for second at his previous start and thoroughly deserved his fourth win for Falcon Racing No. 7 Stable. 



“It’s pretty strong form out of the 3YO Series and his stats are impeccable, really,” Logan said. “He’s had 12 starts for four wins, four seconds, and two thirds, only missed twice and struck a pretty hard track in the Singapore Guineas (Gr. 2, 1600m).” 

January was purchased for $75,000 at the 2021 NZB Ready To Run Sale, from the draft of Westbury Stud, out of a mare (Musically) that has now left six individual winners of 13 races. 




Recording a second victory in the last three starts, and also given a lovely trip by Te Akau apprentice Jamil Sarwi (a4), Fadaboy (5 g Deep Field – Ezee Ezee, by Zabeel), he kept closing under his light weight (48.5kg) to gain an advantage near the line. 

Two starts ago, Fadaboy won the Class 4 1000 metres, followed by a good third, and he was ideally drawn (3) in a full field of 12 for the $50,000 Class 4 1100 metres.

“He was only one point away from dropping back to Class 5, where we thought he’d win straight away, but he came out and won, and has now won again,” Logan said.

“He’s been a good horse for Jamil to learn on and teaching him a lot. It’s taught him to ride a bit more patiently and show some vigour in the straight.



“Jamil had his 10th winner yesterday and he’s not out of the realms of becoming Champion Apprentice. 

“We’ve put a lot of time into him and I’d be very pleased if we could get another Champion Apprentice from the stable, after Yusoff won last year, and of course Hakim Kamaruddin and Shafiq Rizuan before him, both were also Champion apprentices.” 

Owned by Kiwi racing identity Patrick Harrison, who shares in the ownership Nature Strip (Nicconi), the winner of 22 races and $20 million in prize money, Fadaboy is by Deep Field (Northern Meteor), a stallion that continues building his profile and ranks in the top 10 of Australian sires.

Deep Field was a highly regarded Group Two winner in Australia, by the ill-fated emerging stallion Northern Meteor (Encosta De Lago), while on the dam side Fadaboy stems from the family of Melbourne Cup winner and champion Australian staying horse Efficient (Zabeel). 


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