Walker cements top spot with training double

 Apr 9 2019

Broadway Success Horseform (3 g Alamosa – Broadway Express, by Snitzel), with leading rider Vlad Duric aboard, trailed fifth on the inner, was clear to challenge on straightening and drew out to win well in the $30,000 Kiwi Karma 2015 Stakes (Class 5 1200m) on turf.

Broadway Success was purchased by Te Akau principal David Ellis for $135,000 at the 2017 New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale, from the draft of Riversley Park.

“He’s been slow to mature after getting very tall and leggy, but hopefully the win will get his confidence levels up and he can go on with the job,” Walker said.

“He’s taking a long time to fill into his frame, and although he didn’t meet a great field I did like the way he got to the line. He’s a work in progress and will be a lot better four and five-year-old.”

The first foal of very consistent race mare Broadway Express, by the champion sire Snitzel (Redoute’s Choice), she recorded a win and two seconds from three trials before going to the races where her first five starts registered a win, three seconds, and a third. She was lightly raced to win twice from nine starts before becoming a broodmare.

His second dam, Dubai Express, is by legendary sire Zabeel (Sir Tristram), an influence in any pedigree that cannot be underestimated.

Broadway Success was among a terrific group of horses that Ellis purchased at the 2017 RTR Sale, including Total Excess (Delago Deluxe), Ristretto (Makfi), Spirit of Galway (Rip Van Winkle), You’re Welcome (Camelot), Shezathinka (So You Think), Luminous (Reliable Man), Golden Age (Savabeel), and Red Jakkal (Jakkalberry).

In the following race, also on turf, Clarton Palace (3 g Minstrel Court – Zabba, by Zabeel), bred by Mike & Barbara Cooney at Willow Glen Stud, Waimate, South Canterbury, was given a mirror image ride by Duric on the inner and won in similar fashion after drawing clear 200m out.

Clarton Palace won the $30,000 War Affair 2014 Stakes (Class 5 1400 metres) by two and a quarter lengths.

“He’s a little bit the same,” Walker said. “He’s out of a Zabeel mare, been slow to mature and he’ll improve as a four and five-year-old as he gets a bit stronger as well.”

Walker ended last season (Dec. 2018) in fourth place on the premiership table, and the leading Kiwi trainer. The winner of five training premierships in New Zealand, Walker has twice been crowned Champion Trainer in Singapore (2015, 2017), while also finishing second and third since setting up stables in 2010 at Kranji Racecourse.

Walker has 17 wins already this season, 24 seconds and 17 thirds.

“We’ve had a lot seconds which would have been nice to convert some into wins, and bit frustrating,” he said.

“I can see we’re going to have a pretty good stint coming up because we should be running a lot of horses in their rightful grade and that can be a turning point.”

Reflecting on Te Akau New Zealand, Walker said: “They’re absolutely flying and they’ve got a good team of horses and staff. We’ve got to be happy with the way everything is going.”

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