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Timely Success For NZB RTR Graduates In Singapore
A successful weekend of racing in Singapore saw Karaka graduates feature on both Friday and Sunday, winning eight races across the two days. All eight of the winners were graduates of the National Yearling Sales Series, with four of the winning horses doubling as Ready to Run Sale graduates as well. Starting the winning run in good fashion on Friday night was Ready to Run Sale graduate Peregrine Falcon (NZ) (Fully Fledged), winning the first on the card. Prepared by Leslie Khoo, the son of Fully Fledged finished the best in the S$35,000 Class 5 race over 1600m. Purchased by Riverview Farm from Fairdale Stud at the 2012 Karaka Festival Sale, Peregrine Falcon was offered by Riverview Farms at the 2012 Ready to Run Sale where he was purchased by Dean Wiles for NZ$42,500. Fellow 2012 Festival Sale and Ready to Run Sale graduate Lucky Strategy (NZ) (Elusive City) was also in winning form, heading home a Karaka trifecta in the fifth race on Friday night with Zac Command (NZ) (Ishiguru) and Super Velox (NZ) (Bahhare) finishing in second and third places respectively. The Michael Freedman trained Davinci (NZ) (Mastercraftsman) was one of two graduates to win over the weekend having come from the 2013 Ready to Run Sale. Davinci was offered at the 2013 Karaka Premier Sale by Windsor Park Stud who then re-offered the son of Mastercraftsman in November as a two-year-old, purchased by Nestor Chan for NZ$50,000. The other winner offered at the 2013 Ready to Run Sale was Dragon Fury (NZ) (Sufficient) for trainer Alwin Tan, winning his third race from 14 starts in the S$60,000 Class 4 Handicap over 1400m. Having one start for one win, Golden Sword (NZ) (Swiss Ace) was purchased by trainer Cliff Brown at the 2014 Karaka Select Sale for NZ$45,000 from Westbury Stud. Joining the son of Swiss Ace was the 2013 Karaka Festival Sale graduate Gilt Complex (NZ) (Gold Centre), sold to Anna Scott Racing for NZ$10,000 from Newmarket Lodge, now trained by John O'Hara. Ex-pat kiwi trainer Laurie Laxon had success with two of his Karaka graduate purchases with Alan (NZ) (Darci Brahma) and Hee's Forte (NZ) (O'Reilly). Laxon purchased Alan at the 2012 Karaka Premier Sale for NZ$65,000 from Little Avondale Stud and returned to the 2013 Karaka Select Sale where he secured the son of champion sire O'Reilly, Hee's Forte, for NZ$25,000 from Waikato Stud. Capping a successful weekend for New Zealand horses in Singapore was star Kiwi galloper Spalato (NZ) (Elusive City) as he made an impressive return from injury with a dominant five-and-a-quarter-length victory in the Sgp-3 Woodlands Handicap. Nominations for the Ready to Run Sale of two-year-olds close this Friday, 14 August.