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Donna Logan to train in Singapore

NZ Racing News reports that the local leading trainer Donna Logan will head a 36 strong team in Singapore whilst maintaining strong links with a local team managed by Chris Gibbs.

NZ RACING DESK NEWS

Logan ready to rise to Singapore challenge

Group One-winning horsewoman Donna Logan is heading offshore to take up the next challenge of her career.

The Ruakaka conditioner, who has enjoyed top-flight success at home and in Australia, has been licenced by the Malayan Racing Association to train in Singapore where she has been granted 36 boxes at Kranji.

Logan will follow a trail successfully blazed there by New Zealand Racing Hall of Famer Laurie Laxon, the winner of nine Singapore premierships, and join fellow Kiwi trainers Stephen Gray, Bruce Marsh and Mark Walker.

She admitted to experiencing a raft of emotions when she received confirmation on Thursday evening of her stabling from the Singapore Turf Club.

“It’s quite daunting really, I’m nervous and excited, but I know I’m ready for this challenge at this stage of my life,” Logan told the NZ Racing Desk from Singapore.

“My daughter Sam has proven she’s a very good trainer in her own right and my son Robert is grown up as well so this is the time to do it.

“It’s quite a stringent process and I got my licence from the Malayan Racing Association and I’ve passed the medical and now the Singapore Turf Club have granted me boxes.

“I was handed a letter tonight, which said congratulations – it’s all a bit mind-blowing.

“I take over the boxes on December 1 and will basically start training up here as of January 1. Graeme Forbes will be my assistant trainer.”

Logan, 56, will now begin the process of assembling her racing team in Singapore.

“I’d like to think that quite a few of my current clients will see the benefit of racing here and it should be very advantageous to our New Zealand racing stable. Te Akau have done it and extremely well.”

Logan currently trains in partnership with Chris Gibbs, who will be taking sole charge of the Ruakaka operation.

“Chris had to be happy to do that and he is. I’ve got great faith in him and it will be another string to our bow,” she said.

“I think it will be a happy and rewarding move with benefits for both our existing New Zealand clients and new ones.”

Logan trained her first winner in 1987 courtesy of Silver Kris, a half-brother to the former champion three-year-old Uncle Remus.

“Silver Kris was a maiden and I had to run him out of his grade at Ellerslie to get a start, David Peake rode him,” she said.

She subsequently enjoyed a successful training partnership with her husband Dean.

Despite going their separate ways in private life, Logan continued to train with Dean until his passing in 2015 following a battle with cancer and she was later joined in partnership by Gibbs.

Logan’s current career tally of winners is in excess of 850 with 60 at black type level, including eight individual Group One winners.

Volkstok’n’barrell has been her most prolific with success in the Rosehill Guineas (2000m), Haunui Farm WFA Classic (1600m), New Zealand Stakes (2000m) and the Herbie Dyke Stakes (2000m).

Logan has also enjoyed classic success with Habibi in the New Zealand Derby (2400m) and the New Zealand Oaks (2400m) with Vapour Trail.

Further domestic Group One success has come her way with Valley Girl in the Herbie Dyke Stakes (2000m), Zabeat in the Wellington Cup (3200m) and with Good Faith in the Ellerslie Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m).

Logan has also made her mark in Australia with Rising Romance’s victory in the ATC Oaks (2400m) and Victory Smile won The Metropolitan (2400m).

“I guess the highlights have been Rising Romance’s win in the million dollar Oaks in Sydney and Habibi’s win with Dean in the Derby, but every Group One is very, very special.” 

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