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Daily News | 19th February 2018
Winx Purrs In TrialMonday, 19th February 2018Trainer Chris Waller was delighted after watching Winx run out a cosy winner of her special trial at Royal Randwick on Saturday. In lieu of racing in the Gr2 Apollo Stakes over 1400m, the champion mare raced against five of her stable-mates in a specially convened open trial over 1200 metres to prepare her for her seasonal reappearance in the Gr1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on 3 March. "Race conditions are pretty hard to simulate but it was a pretty good attempt there," trainer Chris Waller told Sky Racing. "The key now is not to over-train her in between. She had a pretty solid trial today that simulated a race so...I think in two weeks time we’ll have a horse ready to run a solid mile race." When she resumes the champion mare will be chasing her 23rd successive win and her 16th at Group 1 level.
Poetry in motion. Winx effortlessly runs home in 11.43 for the last 200m as she wins her first ever barrier trial as she tunes up for the TAB Chipping Norton in a fortnight's time. #GoWinx pic.twitter.com/50R7wjZ0Bt — Sky Racing (@SkyRacingAU) 17 February 2018
Aquis & Phoenix Secure InvaderMonday, 19th February 2018Aquis Farm & Phoenix Thoroughbreds have teamed up to secure last season's champion Australian 2YO colt Invader and will stand him at stud in 2018, reports ANZ Bloodstock News. Trained by Peter & Paul Snowden, Invader (Snitzel-Flame of Sydney, by Encosta de Lago) enjoyed a highly successful juvenile campaign winning the Gr1 ATC Sires' Produce Stakes (1400m) and also finishing runner-up in the Gr1 ATC Champagne Stakes (1600m) in Sydney in the autumn. "Snitzel is the best and most commercial champion sire currently at stud in Australasia and Invader is his best and fastest two-year-old son," said Aquis Farm chief executive Shane McGrath. "He is out of stakes winner Flame Of Sydney, a very fast and precocious two-year-old herself by champion broodmare sire Encosta De Lago. And he is a half-brother to Group One sprinter Not Listenin’tome." A service fee is yet to be announced. He added: "That combination of sire power, performance and pedigree is extremely rare. Factor in his impeccable conformation and athletic physique, his quality and action and you can understand why we’re so thrilled to have him."
Invader winning the Gr1 ATC Sires' Produce (image: Steve Hart)
Redkirk Warrior Wins Gr1 Black Caviar LightningMonday, 19th February 2018
Mrgn. Runners -4. Redkirk Warrior (7)J: Regan BaylissT: D & B Hayes & T DabernigW: 58.5 kgsS: NotnowcatoD: Flag 0.1L1. Redzel (9)J: K Mc EvoyT: P & P SnowdenW: 58.5 kgsS: SnitzelD: Millrich 1.4L8. Missrock (6)J: D OliverT: R E LaingW: 56.5 kgsS: Fastnet RockD: Miss Judgement 1.6L7. Supido (10)J: Beau MertensT: M C KentW: 58.5 kgsS: SebringD: Lady Succeed
At Flemington in Melbourne, imported UK-bred 6YO gelding Redkirk Warrior (Notnowcato-Flag, by Selkirk) returned to his best straight track form for trainers Hayes, Hayes & Dabernig in the $750,000 Gr1 Lightning Stakes (1000m). While acknowledged as one of the best sprinters in the country after destroying his rivals in last year's Gr1 Newmarket Handicap, Redkirk Warrior was tried at slightly longer distances before being brought back to 1200m sprints that included a win in the Gr2 Bobbie Lewis Handicap at this track, but this was followed by below par performances in Sydney's The Everest and Flemington's Gr1 Darley Classic. Despite starting at a respectable and respectful quote of $11, not many expected Redkirk Warrior to have enough time to reel in his opposition over the shorter 1000m dash despite David Hayes spruiking his charge's chances during the week. Proving it ain't over until it's over, jockey Regan Bayliss, after missing the kick, managed to snatch victory away right on the line from odds-on 5YO gelding Redzel (Snitzel-Millrich, by Rubiton) who last no admirers with anothet typically gritty performance, and 4YO mare Missrock (Fastnet Rock-Miss Judgement, by Strategic). With the prospect of another Gr1 Newmarket Handicap and the Gr1 TJ Smith still ahead in the Autumn, Redkirk Warrior adds a thrilling dimension to the sprinters' ranks. His record now stands at 7 wins (including the Gr3 Sandown Stakes) & 2 placings (including the Listed Hong Kong Classic Cup) from 16 starts for $2,156,080 earnings. Not bad for a horse who won on debut in a UK maiden over 2000m.
Redkirk Warrior upset Redzel (pic: Mark Gatt)
Alizee Wins Gr2 Light Fingers StakesMonday, 19th February 2018
Mrgn. Runners -3. Alizee (4)J: G SchofieldT: James CummingsW: 56 kgsS: SepoyD: Essaouira 0.2L13. Shumookh (5)J: Tim ClarkT: G Waterhouse & A BottW: 56 kgsS: Dream AheadD: Shamekha 0.4L7. Torvill (8)J: C ReithT: C E ConnersW: 56 kgsS: Not A Single DoubtD: Bolero Queen 1.9L1. Frolic (11)J: J R CollettT: Edward O'RourkeW: 56 kgsS: HussonD: Leveller
At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Darley's champion juvenile and Gr1 Blue Diamond & Gr1 Golden Slipper Stakes-winning sire Sepoy (Elusive Quality-Watchful, by Danehill) added a group race success when 3YO daughter Alizee (Sepoy-Essaouira, by Exceed and Excel) weaved her way to a narow but impressive win for trainer James Cummings in the $200,000 Gr2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m), just pipping promising fillies Shumookh (Dream Ahead-Shamekha, by Secret Savings) & Torvil (Not a Single Doubt-Bolero Queen, by Iglesia). First-up since placing in the Gr1 Thousand Guineas last October, the exciting prospect showed she is well on track for her Gr1 Doncaster Handicap assignment in early April. A half-sister to Godolphin's sensational Gr1 Golden Rose winner (and now Darley stallion), Alizee took her record to 4 wins (also including the Gr1 Flight Stakes & Gr2 Tea Rose Stakes) & 3 placings (incuding the Gr2 Silver Shadow Stakes) for $688,600 earnings.
Alizee is headed to the Doncaster (pic: Steve Hart)
On The Rocks Wins Gr2 Avondale GuineasMonday, 19th February 2018
Mrgn. Runners -5. On The Rocks (5)J: Jake BaylissT: M D MoroneyW: 56.5 kgsS: AlamosaD: Cold Shoulder 0.1L15. Danzdanzdance (12)J: M CameronT: D Logan & C GibbsW: 54.5 kgsS: MastercraftsmanD: Night Danza 0.5L9. Vin De Dance (2)J: J L WaddellT: M Baker & A ForsmanW: 56.5 kgsS: Roc De CambesD: Explosive Dancer 0.9L1. Scott Base (11)J: R J MyersT: J Benner & H WynyardW: 56.5 kgsS: DalgharD: Extra Celestial
At Ellerslie in New Zealand, Wellfield Lodge's 4-time Gr1-winning stallion Alamosa (O'Reilly-Lodore Mystic, by Centaine) added a group success when 3YO New Zealand-bred colt On The Rocks (Alamosa-Cold Shoulder, by Volksraad) added the $100,000 Gr2 Avondale Guineas (2100m) for 3YOs to his growing record, finishing just in front of the filly Danadanzdance (Mastercraftsman-Night Dancer, by Danzero) & the gekding Vin De Dance (Roc de Cambes-Explosive Dancer by San Luis). Trained by Mike Moroney, On The Rocks' last started in the Karaka Million 3YO Classic where he finished mid-field but the $40,000 NZB National Yearling Sales graduate showed he is going to be a handy prospect over distances of 2000m and above, having hitheto been kept to a mile or less. His earlier starts included a win in the Listed Trevor Eagle Memorial Stakes and a placing on New Year's Day in the Gr2 Great Northern Guineas, also both at Ellerslie. He now has 3 wins & a placing from 7 starts for $121,250 in earnings with a suggestion of plenty more to come. "To be honest, I was a bit dubious today about the wet track, but he's just so brave," said Pam Gerard, who trains with Michael Moroney. His work during the week was absolutely outstanding and it was a beautiful ride from Jake." On The Rocks is out of a half-sister to the Gr1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) and Gr1 VRC Derby (2500m) winner Efficient (Zabeel).
Endless Drama Wins Gr2 Apollo StakesMonday, 19th February 2018
Mrgn. Runners -3. Endless Drama (3)J: T AnglandT: C J WallerW: 59 kgsS: Lope De VegaD: Desert Drama 0.2L8. Global Glamour (4)J: Rachel KingT: G Waterhouse & A BottW: 57 kgsS: Star WitnessD: Spectacula 0.4L6. Comin' Through (7)J: J R CollettT: C J WallerW: 59 kgsS: Fastnet RockD: Mica's Pride 0.5L2. Prized Icon (1)J: G SchofieldT: K A LeesW: 59 kgsS: More Than ReadyD: Tropical Affair
Also at Royal Randwick in Sydney, French 2000 Guineas & French Derby-winning shuttler Lope De Vega (Shamardal-Lady Vettori, by Vettori) added a group success when Qatar Bloodstock-owned imported Irish 5YO entire Endless Drama (Lope de Vega-Desert Drama, by Green Desert) was stoked up for trainer Chris Waller to catch long-time leader, 4YO mare Global Glamour (Star Witness-Spectacula, by Testa Rossa) from the fast finishing 4YO gelding Comin' Through (Fastnet Rock-Mica's Pride, by Bite The Bullet) in the $243,000 Gr2 Apollo Stakes (1400m). The victory was the first at stakes level in Australia for Endless Drama. Raced in Europe until late 2016, he took his record to 3 wins & 6 placings (including the Gr1 Irish 2000 Guineas, Gr1 Lockinge Stakes at Newbury, last year's Gr2 Apollo Stakes and last start's Listed Carrington Stakes) for $397,922 earnings. In addition to Comin' Through, fourth-placed dual Gr1 winner Prized Icon was doing his best work late, and another big feature win doesn't seem far away.
Endless Drama lands the Apollo Stakes (pic: Steve Hart)
Rimraam Wins Gr3 The VanityMonday, 19th February 2018
Mrgn. Runners -5. Rimraam (4)J: D OliverT: D & B Hayes & T DabernigW: 55 kgsS: CommandsD: Swansea 0.2L2. Bring Me Roses (3)J: L CurrieT: Tony McEvoyW: 57.5 kgsS: High ChaparralD: Freckled Face 0.3L8. Shokora (7)J: K Mc EvoyT: D & B Hayes & T DabernigW: 55 kgsS: NicconiD: She's Cherryrype 1.1L7. Paris Rock (6)J: Damien ThorntonT: Henry DwyerW: 55 kgsS: Rock 'n' PopD: Que Sera
On a quality card at Flemington in Melbourne, Darley's deceased Gr3-winning & multiple Gr1-placed stallion Commands (Danehill-Cotehele House, by My Swanee) added a Group race success when potential-laden NZ-bred 3YO filly Rimraam (Commands-Swansea, by Singspiel) finally showed she is more than just a bridesmaid for trainers Hayes, Hayes & Dabernig with a 0.2-length win in the $150,000 Gr3 The Vanity (1400m) for 3YO fillies. Finishing close-up behind her were Bring Me Roses (High Chaparral-Freckled Face, by Polish Patriot) & Shokora (Nicconi-She's Cherryripe, by More Than Ready). Remarkably runner-up in her first four starts before saluting at Geelong at her fifth attempt, Rimraam has since placed in both the Gr2 Wakeful Stakes & Gr3 Ethereal Stakes, and finished a respectable seventh in the Gr1 Crown Oaks at Flemington. A $340,000 yearling puchase for Shadwell Stud Australia from the draft of Rosemont Stud at the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, Rimraam's consistent record now stands at 2 wins & 6 placings from 9 starts for $193,530 earnings.
Grunt Wins Gr3 CS Hayes StakesMonday, 19th February 2018
Mrgn. Runners -16. Grunt (10)J: D OliverT: M G PriceW: 55 kgsS: O'ReillyD: Ruqqaya 0.8L1. Cliff's Edge (11)J: B RawillerT: D K WeirW: 58.5 kgsS: Canford CliffsD: Simulation 1.8L7. Muraaqeb (13)J: M ZahraT: D & B Hayes & T DabernigW: 55.5 kgsS: SnitzelD: Tafseel 1.9L4. Main Stage (12)J: Regan BaylissT: T Busuttin & N YoungW: 56.5 kgsS: Reliable ManD: Kiri
Giving jockey Damien Oliver a $56 all-up Group race double at Flemington in Melbourne, Waikato Stud's deceased multiple champion sire O'Reilly (Last Tycoon-Courtza, by Pompeii Court) added a Group success when exciting kiwi-bred 3YO colt Grunt (O'Reilly-Ruqqaya, by Van Nistelrooy) finished powerfully to surge clear by 0.8-length for trainer Mick Price in the $150,000 Gr3 CS Hayes Stakes (1400m) for 3YO colts & geldings. Also finishing strongly to fill the placings were fellow colts Cliff's Edge (Canford Cliffs-Simulation, by Snaadee) & Muraaqeb (Snitzel-Tafseel, by Starcraft) who was doing his best work late. Lightly raced Grunt, a $220,000 yearling consigned by Trelawney Stud at the 2016 NZB National Yearling Sales Series, clearly stamped his credentials as an aspiring Derby type after just four starts which have yielded 3 wins for $132,250 earnings with his only defeat coming on debut behind subsequent Gr1 winner Aloisia. According to NZTM, a delighted Mick Price enthused, "He beat the right horse and he won the right way. The 1400 metres is not his ideal distance, it's a bit short for him, but that's his run to get him into the Australian Guineas. The Guineas is a Gr1 and he's a beautiful O'Reilly colt. He's a good-winded horse, perfectly sound, and I think that will take a bit of freshness out of him."
Exciting colt Grunt (pic: Mark Gatt)
Richards Happy With Team’s Australian EffortsMonday, 19th February 2018Co-trainer Jamie Richards headed home from Sydney yesterday morning pleased with the efforts of kiwi stable runners Melody Belle and Embellish despite them both finishing unplaced in their initial Australian assignments. “We were pleased with the effort despite her finishing out of the money,” he said of Melody Belle’s fifth placing in the Gr2 Lightning Stakes. “She kept coming nicely and I think she is probably looking for further than 1200m now. She will go to the Surround Stakes over 1400m next where we think she will be better suited.” Richards believed Gr1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) winner Embellish would also benefit from a step up in distance after finishing sixth over 1400m at Flemington. “Embellish ran well but was a little one-paced in the run home,” he observed. “He was dropping back to 1400m and just didn’t have the acceleration when he needed it against a hot field. Provided he comes through the run okay he will step up to the mile in the Gr1 Australian Guineas next.”
Embellish will appreciate the step up to a mile
Kaepernick Wins Gr3 Southern Cross StakesMonday, 19th February 2018
Mrgn. Runners -6. Kaepernick (7)J: B AvdullaT: J A O'SheaW: 55.5 kgsS: Fastnet RockD: Volcada 0.2L3. Dothraki (4)J: J ParrT: P & P SnowdenW: 57.5 kgsS: MossmanD: Volantis 0.6L4. Boss Lane (6)J: A AdkinsT: R J QuintonW: 57 kgsS: DubawiD: Lyricalworks 1.1L8. Oxford Poet (8)J: Tim ClarkT: Ms K WaughW: 53.5 kgsS: Dylan ThomasD: Oxford Princess
At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Coolmore's Gr1-winning son of Danehill and former champion Australian sire Fastnet Rock (Danehill-Piccadilly Circus, by Royal Academy) added a group success when gelded 6YO Kaepernick (Fastnet Rock-Volcada by Stravinsky) had 0.2-lengths to spare at the line for trainer John O'Shea in the $145,000 Gr3 Southern Cross Stakes (1200m). Narrowly beaten were 7YO geldings Dothraki (Mossman-Volantis, by Flying Spur) & Boss Lane (Dubawi-Lyricalworks, by Danehill Dancer. The win was Kaepernick's first at stakes level since winning the Listed Arrowfield Ortensia Stakes (1100m) at Scone in May 2016, a period during which he has also placed in the Gr2 The Shorts, Listed City Tattersalls Lightning and Gr3 DC McKay Stakes. A $400,000 yearling consigned by Bhima Thoroughbreds at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale, he now has 8 wins & 7 placings from 29 starts for $677,660 earnings. From the Stravinsky mare Volcada, Kaepernick hails from the same female family as Gr1 Doomben 10,000 winner Ideal Planet and Gr1 Queensland Derby winner Our Planet.
Faraway Town Wins Gr3 Triscay StakesMonday, 19th February 2018At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Arrowfield Stud's multiple stakes-winning stallion Not A Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice-Single's Bar, by Rory's Jester) added a group success when beautifully named 4YO mare Faraway Town (Not A Single Doubt-London Calling, by Dehere) earned a well deserved debut stakes-win when getting home for trainer Matthew Smith in the $150,000 Gr3 Triscay Stakes (1200m). She finished just ahead of 6YO mare Zestful (Redoute's Choice-Zest, by Maruading) & fellow 4YO mare Raiment (Street Cry-Clothing, by Commands). Purchased for $200,000 as a yearling at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale from the draft of Bell River Thoroughbreds, Faraway Town gave her connections the thrill that has eluded them since her early 2YO days where she finished sixth in Capitalist's Magic Millions 2YO Classic. Since then her best performances have included placings in the Gr1 Sires Produce Stakes, Listed Brian Crowley Stakes, Gr3 Spring Stakes & Gr3 Arrowfield Stakes, as well as top four finishes in the Gr1 Champagne Stakes and Gr2 Sandown Guineas. Her record now stands at 3 wins & 6 placings from 19 starts for $507,325 earnings.
Faraway Town lands her first stakes race (pic: Steve Hart)
Exalted Lightning Wins Listed Birthday CupMonday, 19th February 2018
Mrgn. Runners -4. Exalted Lightning (7)J: Todd PannellT: Grant YoungW: 55 kgsS: BlevicD: Exalted Blaze 1.8L1. Jim's Journey (1)J: P GattT: P F BlanchW: 58 kgsS: Good JourneyD: Mandarina 2.2L6. Addison (2)J: Jamie KahT: D & B Hayes & T DabernigW: 55 kgsS: Jimmy ChouxD: Ruqqaya 2.4L2. The Chairman (8)J: D TourneurT: M G PriceW: 57.5 kgsS: High ChaparralD: Dezign
At Adelaide's Morphettville racecourse on Saturday, Kambula Stud's deceased dual Gr1-winning stallion Blevic added a black-type success when the Grant Young-trained 6YO gelding Exalted Lightning won with a comfortable 1.8 margin in the $99,000 Listed Birthday Cup (2035m). Runner-up was fellow 6YO gelding Jim's Journey (Good Journey-Mandarina, by Jeune) ahead of 4YO mare Addison (Jimmy Choux-Ruqqaya, by Van Nistelrooy). Exalted Lightning's maiden stakes succcess came in his first crack in black-type company, which ramped up his earnings to $276,175 from his 9 wins & 10 placings from 45 starts.
Prairie Fire Wins Listed The Asian Executive StakesMonday, 19th February 2018
Mrgn. Runners -1. Prairie Fire (10)J: M ZahraT: M G PriceW: 56 kgsS: SnitzelD: Consistency 1.0L7. Khulaasa (1)J: D OliverT: D & B Hayes & T DabernigW: 54 kgsS: EpauletteD: Taameer 4.8L3. Invincible Lad (9)J: M J DeeT: P & P SnowdenW: 56 kgsS: I Am InvincibleD: Magdalena 5.8L9. Nuclear Blitz (6)J: D DunnT: M, W & J HawkesW: 54 kgsS: SepoyD: Miss Atom Bomb
At Flemington in Melbourne, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) added a Group race success when 2YO Australian-bred colt Prairie Fire (Snitzel-Consistency, by All Bar One) opened his stakes account with a strong-finishing last-to-first win in the $120,000 Listed The Asian Executive Stakes (1100m) for 2YOs, defeating Khulaasa & Invincible Lad. A $625,000 purchase by Sun Stud at the 2017 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale, Prairie Fire improved his record to 1 win and 1 placing (including the Gr3 MRC Chairman's Stakes) from 2 starts for $86,700 in earnings. Prairie Fire, who is out of a half-sister to Gr3 Adelaide Guineas winner Nina Haraka, has booked himself a start in the $1.5 million Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on 24 February. "He raced like a professional today whereas two weeks ago he raced like he had no idea," trainer Mick Price told racing.com. "I spoke to Sun Stud before today and they definitely want to run him in the Blue Diamond which is why they ran him here...I just need to give him a soft week and let him get over today."
Blue Diamond Stakes contendor Prairie Fire (pic: Mark Gatt)
Global Thinking Wins Listed Southland GuineasMonday, 19th February 2018
Mrgn. Runners -7. Global Thinking (9)J: Ms K WilliamsT: S F RitchieW: 54.5 kgsS: So You ThinkD: Capital Raising 2.3L6. The Sparkle (7)J: A ComignaghiT: Dennis Bros & R DennisW: 54.5 kgsS: Darci BrahmaD: The Dazzler 2.5L8. Courte Zarindi (6)J: T R MoseleyT: Ms S McKayW: 54.5 kgsS: Any SuggestionD: Courte Noire 2.7L2. Thom Brown (10)J: S MuniandyT: Steven WoodsfordW: 56.5 kgsS: Jimmy ChouxD: Cremisi
At Ascot Park in New Zealand, Coolmore Stud stallion and former Australian Champion racehorse So You Think (High Chaparral-Triassic, by Tights) added a black-type success when Australian-bred 3YO filly Global Thinking (So You Think-Capital Raising, by General Nediym) scored an emphatic 2.3-lengths victory for trainer Shaune Ritchie in the $50,000 Listed Southland Guineas (1600m) for 3YOs. She finished in front of fellow sophomore fillies The Sparkle (Darci Brahma-The Dazzler, by Centaine) and Courte Zarindi (Any Suggestion-Courte Noire, by Pentire). Runner-up in last start's Listed Dunedin Guineas (1500m), Global Thinking's inaugural stakes win took her record to 3 wins & 2 placings from 11 starts for $82,500 earnings. Initially sold for $42,500 as a weanling at the 2015 NZB National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Sale, she was subsequently sold by Phoenix Park for $40,000 at the 2016 NZB National Yearling Sales Series.
Double Bluff Wins Listed Torney Night CupMonday, 19th February 2018
Mrgn. Runners -4. Double Bluff (10)J: M ZahraT: R E LaingW: 56.5 kgsS: AzamourD: Damask Rose 0.1L7. O'Lonera (7)J: D DunnT: Ms C AldersonW: 54 kgsS: O'LonhroD: Danera 0.4L9. Ormito (6)J: Ben AllenT: D K WeirW: 54 kgsS: MamoolD: Ormita 1.4L11. Khezerabad (2)J: Chris SymonsT: Aaron PurcellW: 54 kgsS: DalakhaniD: Khelwa
At Moonee Valley in Melbourne, Brighthill Farm's ill-fated shuttler and multiple Gr1 winner Azamour (Night Shift-Asmara, by Lear Fan) added a black-type success when 7YO Irish-bred gelding Double Bluff (Azamour-Damask Rose, by Dr Devious) finally opened his stakes account when outstaying his rivals in the $150,000 Listed Torney Night Cup (2500m) for 3YO+, defeating O'Lonera & Ormito. Double Bluff, who began his career in the UK, improved his record to 5 wins and 9 placings (including the Gr2 SAJC Adelaide Cup & Gr3 MRC Easter Cup) from 35 starts for $408,560 in earnings.
Singapore Sling Wins Listed The Hong Kong Classic CupMonday, 19th February 2018
Mrgn. Runners -3. Singapore Sling (2)J: C SchofieldT: A T MillardW: 57 kgsS: PhilanthropistD: Sing Dixie Sing 1.3L2. Exultant (1)J: Z PurtonT: A S CruzW: 57 kgsS: TeofiloD: Contrary 1.8L4. The Golden Age (5)J: M ChadwickT: A S CruzW: 57 kgsS: My RiskD: Sikkim 2.8L1. Nothingilikemore (7)J: J MoreiraT: J J SizeW: 57 kgsS: HussonD: Katisam
At Sha Tin racecourse in Hong Kong, 4YO South African-bred gelding Singapore Sling (Philanthropist-Sing Dixie Sing, by Western Winter) avenged his narrow loss in the HK Classic Mile when outstaying his rivals to post a strong 1.25 length win in the HK$10 million Listed The Hong Kong Classic Cup (1800m) for 4YOs, defeating Exultant & The Golden Age. Singapore Sling improved his record to 4 wins (including the Gr2 Dingaans Handicap) and 3 placings (including the Listed Hong Kong Classic Mile) from 10 starts for HK$10,295,177 in earnings.