Reigning Champion Trainer Mark Walker snared two victories when racing resumed following a three-month Covid-19 interruption on Saturday at Kranji Racecourse in Singapore
Singapore debutante Ronaldo’s Dream (NZ) (Darci Brahma) put in a dominant performance to win a Restricted Maiden over 1100m for Te Akau apprentice Aiman Kamaruddin whilst later in the day Admiral Winston (Declaration of War) won a Class 5 1000m contest.
Educated and prepared by Te Akau NZ trainer Jamie Richards before transferring to Walker, Ronaldo’s Dream produced two strong trial efforts for fourth and second, respectively, in July last year before a three-race campaign ended with a runner-up finish over 1300m at Taupo.
“His trials weren’t that great on the poly (track), but I actually trialled him again deliberately during the week to get him used to the kick-back a bit more,” Walker said.
“He was panicky about it in his first trial, so I think the key to him winning was trialling him again on Tuesday even though he was racing on Saturday.
“He’d made good ground when getting out wider in his trial and he’s done that again to beat a really strong Restricted Maiden field. He’d had race experience at home in New Zealand, too, and I think that held him in good stead as well.”
Walker expects Ronaldo’s Dream to keep improving. “Like a lot of Darci Brahma’s (pictured) up here, they get better with time and some age on them. He’s a sound horse and he’s got the potential to win a fair bit more,” he said.
Bred by David Ellis CNZM & Karyn Fenton-Ellis MNZM, Ronaldo’s Dream is from a Van Nistelrooy mare that has now left six individual winners of 11 races, including dual stakes winning filly Windborne (NZ) (Darci Brahma) and Group One placed filly Darci’s Dream (NZ) (Darci Brahma).
-NZ Racing News