The whiz child of 2021 has lastly put a little bit of fizz again in his 2022 Singapore racing season, even when it might come to an finish subsequent month.
After a muted begin, Hakim Kamaruddin, the younger dual-Singapore champion (apprentice and jockey), racked up a double yesterday with Deception and Diamond Ring. Both have been for his new grasp, Donna Logan.
“I’m very happy today after I rode my first winner since I came back,” he mentioned after Deception’s win. “Thank you to Mrs Logan and the owner.”
The 24-year-old handed out much more of these post-win thanks’s final yr, when he emerged because the undisputed Kranji success story.
Landing the highest rider title in each the junior and senior classes was a uncommon feat not achieved since Benny Woodworth in 1995.
But, in stark distinction, Hakim booted dwelling his first 2022 winner solely at his twenty third journey when Deception got here with a well-timed run to take the $75,000 Restricted Maiden race over 1,200m.
The tardy go to to the winner’s circle, a spot he hogged 59 occasions final yr, has stunned a number of even when the writing was on the wall.
Cracks had already appeared when the observe was soured by a three-month suspension on the finish of final yr, for a horse head-hitting incident in a race.
As if that blemish was not sufficient, he was issued solely with a six-month licence for 2022, as an alternative of the customary one yr.
His former mentor, Kiwi coach Mark Walker, who left the Kranji scene in early January, advocated a change of surroundings to New Zealand as a profession reboot.
Hakim returned to Kranji solely final month underneath Logan whereas ready for the New Zealand work allow formalities to be cleared. But he was definitely not scooping up winners by the spades this time.
“It’s taken a long time to get my fitness back after the long time away,” mentioned Hakim, who returned to his native Kelantan throughout the enforced vacation.
“My new boss, Mrs Logan, has helped me a lot, but I have not got the same support from outside.”
Hakim might not have to fret about that with the sturdy backing from his personal yard, resembling Deception’s homeowners, the Fortuna NZ Racing Stable.
On 9 winners, the New Zealand outfit has contributed half of Logan’s haul of 18 winners so far.
“Fortuna is on fire and can’t do anything wrong these days,” mentioned Logan, who has taken over Fortuna’s and Te Akau Racing’s horses previously skilled by Walker.
“I’ve all the time had loads of time for this horse (Deception). He has temperament and does so effectively on the secure.
“He appeared a bit drained on the finish of his final prep, however the break has performed him the world of fine.
“Hakim rode him a deal with, and it’s nice to see him again a winner. He gave the horse a wonderful journey.
“We discussed where he should place the horse, and he put him in the ultimate position. He rode him to the letter.”
The I Am Invincible three-year-old loved a smothered run in between runners in fourth spot, earlier than asserting his clear superiority when peeled out for his run on the prime of the straight.
Watery (Shafrizal Saleh), who served it as much as race-leader The Star (Manoel Nunes), did effectively to hold on for second , 11/2 lengths away.
Trainer Hideyuki Takaoka’s newcomer Sousui (Oscar Chavez) was held up for his run when The Star rolled in on the 150m. But he nonetheless ran third, one other half-length away.
The successful time was 1min 10.39sec for the 1,200m on the Short Course A.
While Deception ($15) has by no means missed a pay cheque at his earlier six begins ($64,800 earned from three seconds and three thirds), yesterday’s was the primary to bear the thicker finish of the $75,000 prize cash written on. He has now revamped $100,000 for Fortuna NZ Racing.
Logan went on to saddle a treble with Reignite ($14) within the $50,000 Class 4 Division 1 race over 1,200m and Diamond Ring ($34) within the $30,000 Class 5 Division 2 race over 1,100m.
Saturday’s Singapore Results: results15.pdf