‘Singfo’ runners all named with purpose

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‘Singfo’ runners all named with purpose

Singfosusie wins. (JC Photos).

Singfosusie wins. (JC Photos).

Three-year-old Singfosusie made a fluent winning debut over 1000m at the Vaal on Monday, for owner Xander Spies and jockey Ryan Munger.

She’s the third so-called ‘Singfo’ runner, all named by the late Nico Swart, who owned her dam, First Whistle (Whistling Wood), who stands at Sorrento Stud. She is now co-owned by Nico’s daughter Denise Papenfus-Swart and breeder Terry Andrews.

The first two were now seven-year-old Singfonico (Bezrin) already an eight-time winner, and the lightning fast four-year-old G1 SA Fillies Sprint winner Singforafa (Potala Palace).

Denise told: “When my dad named the Bezrin colt, he was looking for a connection with music for Whistling Wood, apparently there was a band called Singfonico and his own name was Nico, so that was an ideal name.

“My dad owned a horse called Rafa who he was very fond of. Rafa broke his leg in track and sadly had to be humanely destroyed, he was very sad and named the Potala Palace baby Singforafa.

“Then, when my mother Susie passed away in 2019, he named the Louis The King filly Singforsusie, so we have some sad connotations but they’re all winning.”

First Whistle, now 16, aborted last season and Andrews commented: “She is still healthy and well, we’ll be trying to get her in foal to What A Winter this season.”

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