Five timer for Walker

Hunting down his ninth premiership, expat Kiwi trainer Mark Walker bagged five wins on Sunday at Kranji Racecourse.

Walker won the opening race of the card with Savabeel gelding What You Like and went on to win the next three races, with Amazing Choice securing the five timer later on the night.

“It was really good and things fell into place,” Walker said. “You don’t get days like that often. There’s still a long way to go in the premiership, but the horses are running very well.

“It was pretty tough through the (COVID-19) lockdown when we were short staffed and short of riders, so it’s been a really good team effort to keep everything going.

“We’d had five (wins) in a day previously in New Zealand, and I think we did one other day in Singapore but (Manoel) Nunes weighed in light on the last winner and it was disqualified.”

While Covid-19 is causing ongoing ramifications world-wide, Walker has appreciated some of the solace that is being experienced in New Zealand.

“I’ve really enjoyed watching the Super Rugby from back home,” he said.

“We’ve done pretty well restricting the virus in Singapore, but not as good as New Zealand has.

“We’re really happy to be back racing because the lockdown period did have an impact on racing and we’ve just got to battle the best we can through this.

“We’ve nearly got our staff numbers back to full strength. There have been some long and frustrating days, though, but we’re getting back close to normality.”

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