Singapore Cup, Krisflyer Sprint: Horse racing preview, tips, live blog

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    Singapore’s international meeting attracts horses from all corners of the world every year, including a number from Australia. Join us here from 9.30pm AEST tonight for a live blog of the Singapore Cup and Krisflyer Spring from Singapore.

    Sunday is a huge day of international racing, beginning very early in the morning and lasting long into the night.

    Orb was unable to keep his Triple Crown aspirations alive in the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore this morning after Oxbow caused an upset victory.

    But, the focus of the racing world shifts to Singapore tonight.

    This year sees the best edition of the Singapore International Cup (2000m, 10.40pm AEST) since its inception in 2000, with class runners from all over the world engaged in the Lion City.

    There will be names quite familiar to Australians, as well as runners with form around horses known to us down under.

    Let’s start with Mawingo, last year’s Doomben Cup winner who also has a second to All Too Hard in the CF Orr Stakes to his name.

    His last run was when he finished ninth to Fiveandahalfstar in The BMW on Golden Slipper Day at Rosehill at what was to be his final Australian appearance.

    He has not travelled well and is likely to find this competition too tough, and will continue his career in Singapore following tonight’s run.

    It would have seemed fanciful there would ever be a horse who could finish second in both the Melbourne Cup and the Dubai World Cup, but Red Cadeaux has achieved that feat.

    He’s shown a new versatility this year, finishing second in Dubai before a third in the Tenno Sho (3200m) in Japan.

    Red Cadeaux is fast becoming one of the most popular horses on the world circuit and a victory here is sure to be well received.

    Pastorius won the Group 1 Prix Ganay (2100m) at Longchamp last start, with Melbourne and Caulfield Cup winner Dunaden in third, while Military Attack won the Queen Elizabeth II Cup in Hong Kong last start giving Tommy Berry his first international victory.

    Others have Australian connections – Mull of Killough is trained by English trainer Jane Chapple-Hyam, daughter of Australia’s former opposition leader Andrew Peacock, while local Flax is trained by Melbourne Cup winning trainer Laurie Laxon.

    But Australia’s best chance for the evening may come in the Krisflyer International Sprint (1200m, 9:50pm AEST), to be run 50 minutes earlier, when Galaxy winner Bel Sprinter takes his first step onto the international stage.

    Reports out of Singapore from track watchers suggest he has travelled incredibly well and has settled into Singapore perfectly.

    The Kranji track is known as a difficult track to make-up ground from back in the field, but no more so than Rosehill, where he flew to record a big victory in the March feature.

    If he replicates that form here, he’ll be hard to beat.

    Five years since Takeover Target won the race, Australia will be hoping to stop the local gallopers from winning their third Krisflyer in succession after the wins of Rocket Man (2011) and Ato (2012).

    It is this race, rather than the Cup, where the locals may be hard to beat. Super Easy has won an incredible 13 races from 15 starts in Singapore, and his last start win in the Lion City Cup was superb.

    And Mr Big, who ran fifth to Shea Shea in the Al Quoz Sprint in Dubai before finishing second to Super Easy last start, cannot be discounted.

    Hong Kong’s Lucky Nine, Japan’s Dasher Go Go and Kavanagh, who could be considered a representative of both South Africa and the United Arab Emirates, are other leading chances in what is the world’s most global sprint race to date this year.


    1. Meandre
    2. Pastorius
    3. Red Cadeaux
    4. Military Attack


    1. Bel Sprinter
    2. Kavanagh
    3. Super Easy
    4. Lucky Nine

    Tips and preview by Roar Expert Andrew Hawkins


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    • Columnist

      Andrew Hawkins said | 11:03pm | ! Report

      Thanks for joining us for tonight’s racing. It may not have been a winning night for Australia, but we leave with our heads held high – albeit in the wake of the gallopers from Hong Kong.

      We look forward to bringing you more international race blogs in the future, in particular for Royal Ascot next month. We look forward to joining you then!

    • Columnist

      Andrew Hawkins said | 10:48pm | ! Report

      He’s absolutely smashed them. Bring him to Australia for the Cox Plate, John Moore!!!!!

    • Columnist

      Alfred Chan said | 10:45pm | ! Report

      Hong Kong!

    • Columnist

      Andrew Hawkins said | 10:45pm | ! Report

      Meandre leads into the straight, but through on the inside is Military Attack and he races away to give Hong Kong the double from Dan Excel – it’s a Hong Kong quinella.

      And look at that – Mawingo third!!!! Good night for Australia really.

      • Columnist

        Justin Cinque said | 10:48pm | ! Report

        A very good night for Australia.

        Incredibly large winning margins though for both horses.

        Gee that race was strange, so many horses struggled up the straight and Pastorius was gone at the 700.

        • Columnist

          Justin Cinque said | 10:51pm | ! Report

          Watching the replay, Mawingo was enormous. He ran right through the wire. That’s his best run for a while.

          Meandre poor, Red Cadeaux once-paced, Pastorius woeful.

          The winner was awesome. Absolutely brained them.

          • Columnist

            Andrew Hawkins said | 10:54pm | ! Report

            It was as dominant performance as I’ve seen this year…

            Mawingo was brilliant, he’ll win races up there for sure.

    • Columnist

      Andrew Hawkins said | 10:44pm | ! Report

      Meandre pushes on to take on Flax for the lead.

    • Columnist

      Andrew Hawkins said | 10:43pm | ! Report

      Flax leads out from Dan Excel from Pastorius…Meandre caught deep early.

    • Columnist

      Andrew Hawkins said | 10:42pm | ! Report

      Just Flax and Pastorius to come up…

      …they come up and we’re RACING! Red Cadeaux squeezed and goes back.

    • Columnist

      Andrew Hawkins said | 10:42pm | ! Report

      Only three left to load now…

    • Columnist

      Andrew Hawkins said | 10:38pm | ! Report

      Then we get to the locals – Flax, Lizarre, Deep Pockets, Better Life – I could probably only see Better Life figuring in the placings.

      They’re behind the gates!!!

    • Columnist

      Andrew Hawkins said | 10:35pm | ! Report

      Dan Excel won the HK Champions Mile last start, but still think he’s a step below this level.

      Hunter’s Light was the favourite for the Dubai World Cup but disappointed. Godolphin had one of the favourites last year in City Style, but he was scratched at the barriers. He’s had a long time in Singapore to acclimatise.

      Mawingo – I doubt his Australian form is strong enough for this race, and he hasn’t settled in well.

      Mull of Killough is an emerging horse who may find this too strong at this point of his career but don’t be surprised to see him contest these races around the world in the coming seasons.

    • Columnist

      Andrew Hawkins said | 10:32pm | ! Report

      Meandre, we’ve discussed already. Might get conditions to suit, we’ll see.

      Military Attack won the QEII Cup in Hong Kong last start, he looks world class. But he’s had a suck run each time, if he faces trouble in the run, could prove a hurdle to his chances.

      Pastorius won the Prix Ganay at Longchamp last start, with Dunaden back in third. Looks incredible in the yard. Big chance.

      We all know Red Cadeaux, and he’s stepping back from 3200m. So versatile and a great traveller.

      • Columnist

        Alfred Chan said | 10:37pm | ! Report

        Whatever Ed Dunlop does, it is phenomenal how he can just yo-yo Red Cadeaux between distances while consistently getting the best out of his superstar,

    • Columnist

      Andrew Hawkins said | 10:25pm | ! Report

      I’m not surprised about Verenzuela. Looked a nasty fall.

      A quick look through the field…

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