Charge Forward 3YO wins again at Kranji

Only three members of Charge Forward’s 2013 crop are racing in Singapore but all of them have won, most recently the promising Mark Walker-trained pair Hatta (on 16 September), and Awatere, successful for the second time on Sunday evening.

Awatere (ex Catbird Kitty by Catbird) scored an impressive two-length win over 1200 metres, taking his earnings from six starts to $94,000 for New Zealand owners Craig & Pip Forsyth. Te Akau Racing’s David Ellis purchased the gelding for $50,000 from Lyndhurst Farm which presented him on behalf of breeder Dan Myers.

Watch Awatere win at Kranji on 9 October.

Awatere is from the same family as the good Hong Kong performer Best Eleven, also by Charge Forward, and descends from the dam of English Two Thousand Guineas winner Mystiko.

Hatta (ex Jujitzel by Snitzel) finished fifth behind Awatere on Sunday after his stylish maiden victory for the Al-Arabiya Stable on the polytrack last month. His breeder Carl Holt has been a strong supporter of both Charge Forward and Snitzel, and this year sold a filly bred on the same cross, out of his stakes-winning mare Zelsnitz, for $85,000 to Moody Racing at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

The third Singapore runner and winner from Charge Forward’s 2013 crop is Macarthur (ex Mozambique by Redoute’s Choice), who impressed as a 2YO last season with two wins before finishing just behind the placegetters in the Golden Horseshore Sgp-2 and Juvenile Championship Sgp-3.

Macarthur was bred by Ron & Deb Gilbert of Highgrove Stud and is trained by Steven Burridge for Adam & Brittany Levinson and Steve & Christine Levar under the Stars & Stripes Stable banner.

It won’t escape pedigree analysts that all three horses are all out of Danehill-line mares, as is Charge Forward’s leading Singapore earner this year, the nine-time winner Good News (ex Rezyana by Redoute’s Choice). 

In all, the fifteen Singapore runners by the son of Red Ransom have earned an average of almost $114,000.

Charge Forward strikes in Singapore

Charge Forward’s speedy son My Lucky Strike added a seventh success to his record when he won a $100,000 event over 1000 metres in Singapore on Friday evening.

The quality of his performance was measured by his time, a smart 57.95, and the topweight of 59.5 kg he was asked to carry. 

My Lucky Strike was the beaten favourite, second behind Super Winner at his previous start on 26 July but his trainer Mark Walker was happy to excuse him.

He said, “I think he ran well the last time in the KRA Trophy. He was dictated and I just think if he had got to the outside, it might have been a different story.

“Nunes could not get a run to the outside as he had horses there, but he still had every chance. He’s not the biggest horse but he’s really gutsy.

“I will probably give him a freshen-up and bring him back in September, probably an 1000m or 1100m race, nothing too ambitious, but I think he can also go over 1200m as he was running on well in the Korea race.”

The 4YO gelding has now won more than $300,000 for Robert Ng’s Lucky Stable which bought his dam Hanna Rossa in foal to Charge Forward for $60,000 at the 2011 Inglis Easter Broodmare Sale.

Hanna Rossa (by Testa Rossa) was a good mare in Melbourne where she won four and was Group 3-placed for trainer Tony Noonan and owner Lindsay Williams, former President of the famous US toy company Mattel.

My Lucky Strike was sent to Singapore in July 2014 after three 2YO starts, from the Matt Laurie stable, including placings at Caulfield and Sandown.

He’s the second Singapore winner for Charge Forward in the past month, following the sixth career win by Arrowfield Magic Millions graduate Good News on 10 July.  Like My Lucky Strike, he has earned more than $300,000 for his owner and trainer Tan Hai Wang.