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Singaporean trainer has come a long way

America-trained Desmond Koh (above) has indeed done himself proud.

Despite the stiff competition with so many talented foreign trainers at Kranji, the 42-year-old Singaporean has held his own.

To achieve 400 winners in just a decade is something he can be proud of.

The soft-spoken trainer started his training career at Hollywood Park in California, America.

He was there for three and a half years before returning to Singapore in August 2003 and starting as assistant trainer to Douglas Dragon.

He was granted his trainer's licence the following year and saddled his first winner, Explosive Strike, on June 4.

He ended 2004 with nine winners and improved his tally tremendously the next year with 47 winners, and finished fourth to Laurie Laxon in the trainers' premiership table.

His best season was 2007, when he sent out 50 winners, and again finished fourth to Laxon.

He has also enjoyed Group successes, including Phenom in the 2008 Patrons' Bowl and Chase Me in the 2012 Emirates Singapore Derby, both Group 1 features.

Last July, he won the Group 3 Yew Tee Stakes with City Lad.