Thank you to the partners that put their hand up to race these two exciting Colts in Singapore. We genuinely excited about this venture. We have dealt with Mark Walker of Teakau Racing in the past (he trained Zelus) for us. We found the communication from the Teakau team was first class. More importantly, Mark can train.
Record-breaking New Zealander Mark Walker is a five-time Premiership winning trainer and arrived in Singapore with outstanding credentials. The 2009/10 season saw him set a new record of 108 winners, bettering the 17 year-old mark of 104 previously held by Dave and Paul O’Sullivan. He also became the youngest trainer to win the Premiership when at 31 he took the prize in the 2003/04 season and in 2008/09 established a New Zealand record in prizemoney won – earning NZ$3.71 million. More than 800 winners have passed through his hands, of which more than 90 have been in “black type” races, including 20 at Group 1 level, among the most notable in New Zealand being three Kelt Capital Stakes including back-to-back victories in 2007 and 2008 with Princess Coup and in Australia the TJ Smith Handicap with Darci Brahma in 2005. Walker has quickly made his mark in Singapore, landing his first feature race at his first full season in 2011 with FLYING FULTON in the Group 3 Committee’s Prize. Four more ‘black type’ wins have followed, amazingly all with the same FLYING FULTON, who was also voted Polytrack Champion in 2012. Walker finally won another feature with another horse in 2013 when two-year-old WAR AFFAIR took out the Group 2 Aushorse Golden Horseshoe.
MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS IN SINGAPORE / MALAYSIA
Magic Millions 2013 More Magic 3YO Championship
Juvenile Championship 2013
Aushorse Golden Horseshoe 2013
Colonial Chief Stakes 2012
Polytrack Mile Championship 2012
New Year Cup 2012
Yew Tee Classic Stakes 2012
Committee’s Prize 2011
This colt’s close relatives all showed speed early – his full brother Antonio Lombardo won three times as a 2YO and was runner up in the Karaka Million. He train on to be a very good 3YO claiming amongst his victories the Group 2 Hawkes Bay Guineas and Group 3 Sarten Memorial.
This is the family of Group 1 Victoria Derby winner Amalfi, Group 2 Avondale Guineas’ winner Joey Massino and Group 2 Great Northern Guineas’ winner.
ANTONIO LOMBARDO(g. by Pins). 7 wins-3 at 2-to 1400m, NZ$494,115, to 2012-13, Hawke’s Bay Guineas, Gr.2, Waikato RC James & Annie Sarten Memorial S., Gr.3, Taranaki RC 2YO Classic, Gr.3, WRC Wellesley S., L, Whangarei RC Westbury Stud S., L, LJ Hooker Spring H., 2d Manawatu Sires’ Produce S., Gr.1, ARC Karaka Million,RL, Counties Bowl, L, Wanganui JC Danfive 2YO S., 3d Levin Classic, Gr.1, Hawke’s Bay Traderacks S.,Gr.3, ARC Mr Tiz Trophy, L, Waikato RC Sprint H., L, 4th ARC Eclipse S., Gr.3, Rotorua RC Lion Red P., L.
Star Witness Colt
Star Witness is a freshman sire – his oldest progeny are yearlings. He was Champion 3YO of his year and was runner up as a 2YO.
STAR WITNESS (AUS) (Chestnut 2007-Stud 2011). Top on the 2010-11 Australasian 3YO Classification (Sprint). Second Colt of 2009-10 Australasian 2YO Classification. 4 wins-3 at 2-to 1200m, ý107,640, A$1,202,200, VRC Coolmore Stud S., Gr.1, MRC Blue Diamond S., Gr.1, VRC Talindert S., L, 2d Royal Ascot King’s Stand S., Gr.1, VRC Patinack Classic, Gr.1. Out of SW Leone Chiara. His oldest progeny are yearlings.
The Dam line of this Colt is from France and is littered with black type.