Singapore Guineas Winner for Zoustar
The $800,000 Singapore Guineas (1600m) Sng G1 was won at Kranji on the weekend with little fuss by the top-class Zoustar colt Top Knight.
Coming off a hard-fought win in the Singapore three-year-old Classic Sng G2 , Top Knight had an easier time here. Under little more than a hand ride in the closing stages by Vlad Duric, Top Knight scored by a length and three-quarters.
A $130,000 purchase by Krit Chittaseni from the Nolen Racing draft at the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast 2YOs In Training Sale, Top Knight advances his record to six wins and two placings from 9 starts with earnings of $839,803.
Trainer Michael Clements admitted he was a relieved man after the race.
“It’s been a long way to get Top Knight there as he raced some time ago. He had a beautiful prep and he’s such an easy horse to train,” said Clements.
“He took a bit of time to wind up and was looking to make hard work of it, but he quickened up good and was very strong to the line.
“He’s definitely looking for longer distances now. It was fantastic to win a Group 1 on such a big night.”
The Dester Singapore Gold Cup (2000m) Sng G1 is the third Leg of the Singapore Triple Crown series and will be run on November 10.
Having won two Legs of the Singapore Three-Year-Old Challenge, Top Knight also picks up a bonus of $50,000 on top of the $470,000 first prize cheque.
Bred by Elswick Stud, Top Knight is the seventh and final foal of the pensioned Nero Cavallo, a half-sister by Charnwood Forest (IRE) to Group II winner Dynamic Love and stakes-winner Key Bar Nights.
Top Knight is one of eight stakes-winner for leading young sire Zoustar.