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The highlight of the Singapore racing season is the $3 million (Singaporean, about $2.4 million US) Singapore Airlines International Cup (G1), for older horses going 2000 meters (about 1 1/4 miles) on turf at Kranji Racecourse.
First time by with Military Attack stalking the pace
76-1 longshot Flax was sent to the lead first time by and he set fractions of 25.10 and 49.02 while stalked by 18-1 Dan Excel and favorite Pastorius. Near the end of the backstretch, 30-1 Meandre, 9th early, moved up to gain the lead through 3/4 in 1:12.20. At the top of the lane, Meandre continued to lead through 1 mile in 1:36.01 but tired at the 3/16 pole. Military Attack, who sat in midpack 6th early, took command at the 1/8 pole and drew off to win by 3 1/4 lengths over Dan Excel in 1:59.58 over the good turf course. It was just a head back to late-running 26-1 Mawingo third, while favorite Pastorius tired badly in the lane to finish 12th.
# Horse Jockey Win Place 2 Military Attack Purton $17.00 $ 8.00 5 Dan Excel Marwing $25.00 7 Mawingo Bowman $32.00 Winning Time: 1:59.58 $2 Quinella 2-5 $55.00 $2 Trifecta 2-5-7 $2,279.00 $2 Superfecta 2-5-7-10 $58,384.00 * Note: win and place are $5 payoffsResults Chart from Singapore Turf Club with video replay and Trakus data
Left: President of Singapore Tony Tam presents tye trophy to trainer John Moore.
Right: The winner's circle celebration for the Singapore Airlines International Cup. Winning trainer John Moore said, "I've finally got the icing on the cake! I've been trying to win this race for years and I've finally done it. Four runs back, there were even some queries about him, but he's turned the corner and has become a really serious horse. When Pastorius was going nowhere, we were caught behind, and Zac nearly ended up on heels. But he just blitzed them once he found the gap to win easing down." Military Attack is the first Hong Kong-based horse to win the Singapore Airlines Cup. Moore said his goal is to send the horse to the Cox Plate ((G1) in his native Australia.
Left: Military Attack heads out to the track before the race. Winning jockey Zac Purton said, "I came here thinking I had a good chance. I would have been happy just to win, but to blow them away like that is a phenomenal performance. I just began and put myself in a good position and I let Pastorius come around me at the 1500m and of course I thought he was the right horse to be following. They were going at a good tempo and for a second, I thought it could be his undoing. But then, from the 700m, I was looking once again to get on the back of Pastorius thinking he would drag me into the race. But I could see he was gone and Dan Excel was travelling really well and Mawingo was pinching ground and saving time getting runs. Then the saloon passage just opened up for me and he did the rest. I couldn't believe how far ahead he was and in the end I just let him idle to the line."
Right: Military Attack in the post parade.
Left: Second place finisher Dan Excel in the paddock. Trainer John Moore, who won the "exacta", said, "He's a solid Group 2 horse. His last win was a very good effort and I'm proud of his placegetting run tonight. I'd also like to thank George and my staff, who have done all the work with them. The two horses came very early last Sunday and they've been here right through. Mission accomplished!"
Right: Third place finisher Mawingo in the post parade. Jockey Hugh Bowman said, "He's run one hell of a race. Got the perfect run and he's just been pipped for second."
Left: Beaten favorite and 12th place finisher Pastorius as they pass by the first time. Jockey Olivier Peslier said, "We got a good start and had a good run in the race. He was travelling well to the turn, but tired late."
Right: Military Attack had a lot of fans there to cheer him on.
Jockey Jose Verenzuela was thrown to the turf by his mount Emerald Hill during the race.
Jockey Danny Beasley sent 29-1 Goal Keeper to the lead immediately and he set fractions of 23.38 and 45.54 while pressed by 78-1 Emerald Hill to his outside and Lucky Nine on the rail. Goal Keeper continued to lead to the 3/16 pole, inside which Emerald Hill broke down and unseated rider Jose Verenzuela. Lucky Nine took over the lead in midstretch through 5/8 in 56.97. Bel Sprinter, 10th early, rallied well but was left with too much to make up as Lucky Nine cruised past the post 3 lengths in front in 1:08.71. It was just a head back to favorite Super Easy third.
# Horse Jockey Win Place 2 Lucky Nine Prebble $27.00 $ 7.00 1 Bel Sprinter Bowman $ 9.00 3 Super Easy Moreira $ 8.00 Winning Time: 1:08.71 $2 Quinella 1-2 $21.00 $2 Trifecta 2-1-3 $156.00 $2 Superfecta 2-1-3-4 $675.00 * Note: win and place are $5 payoffsResults Chart from Singapore Turf Club with video replay and Trakus data
Left: Lucky Nine in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Caspar Fownes said, "We saw the real Lucky Nine tonight. He's been unlucky overseas on a number of occasions previously so it was great to see everything fall into place. Brett got him into a lovely position in the race and he was also strong to the line. The pressure on me after his last run where he had blood in his trachea was quite heavy. Having to travel him here and then get him to perform at his top, the pressure was right on. This means a lot to us to come here and win on international soil. We'll put him away now and we'll look forward to the next season."
Right: Jockey Brett Prebble celebrates with the Hong Kong flag. Prebble said, "Coming to someone else's backyard to win a race like this is something special. Tonight this horse brought his A Game to Singapore. He got away keenly and wasn't upset at all at the start even when (Dasher Go Go) played up out wide. With the way he was in gates and the way he jumped my confidence level went from six to 10 straight away. He was a little put off by the mobile camera on the inside at the first turn but he eventually relaxed and we were able to save ourselves for the straight. He was really positive tonight and when he got to the front I knew then that they wouldn't be able to run me down."
Left: Second place finisher Bel Sprinter in the post parade. Trainer Jason Warren said, "It got a bit rough around the corner, but he still did a super job to run second. I thought he hit the line enormous. I'm very proud of him." Jockey Hugh Bowman added, "He's run a terribly good race. He took a while to get into his rhythm, but once he did I was comfortable. I'd just started to challenge when he got a hell of a bump, but it didn't make a difference to the result. The winner was just too good."
Right: Third place finisher and beaten favorite Super Easy warms up before the race. Jockey Joao Moreira said, "No excuses, he had every chance, but the winner was too good. When we turned for home, he was travelling so well that I really thought we had a good chance, but it wasn't to be. I came here trying to win the race, but we ended up running third. It's disappointing, but I'm still glad with his run."
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