Te Akau Racing trainers Mark Walker and Donna Logan enjoyed a remarkable 24-hour stretch over the weekend that produced a combined ten winners for their Matamata and Singapore-based operations.
Walker saddled five winners on his home track at Matamata on Friday, before adding a Saturday double with wins at both Rotorua and Hawera.
Logan, who took over Te Akau’s Singapore operation when Walker returned to New Zealand in April, rounded out a profitable Saturday afternoon with a further three wins at Kranji.
“It’s pretty humbling to have celebrated ten winners in such quick succession, but it’s also extremely reassuring for Karyn and me because it proves that everything and everyone is working really well together,” Te Akau Racing principal David Ellis said.
“We’re thrilled for all the owners and all the staff, both here at the farm and at the stables in Matamata and Singapore, who all work so hard and we know how much the wins means to them.
“It’s reward for their diligence and hard work.”
Walker flew to Brisbane on Saturday morning to put the final touches on class mare Entriviere who produced the run of the race when coming from last for a close third, in the Gr.1 Doomben 10,000 (1200m) at Eagle Farm.
The Group One winning daughter of Tavistock was having her first start in Queensland and has targets such as the Gr.1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) and Gr.1 Tattersalls Tiara (1400m) as further options for her winter campaign there.
While Entriviere, who races best with her races spaced, is unlikely to be seen in the Gr.1 Kingsford-Smith Cup (1300m), stablemate Sword Of State will contest the Eagle Farm feature on May 28, with the Group One winning colt set to retire to Cambridge Stud ahead of the forthcoming breeding season.