Hong Kong provided the winners for the Singapore Turf Club’s major international meeting in May with the Paul O’Sullivan trained Aerovelocity winning the Group 1 KrisFlyer International Sprint over 1200m and John Moore’s Dan Excel (IRE) making it back to back victories in the Group 1 Singapore Airlines International Cup over 2000m.
Aerovelocity, under Zac Purton, has now won two legs of the Global Sprint Challenge after his win in March in the Group 1 Takamatsunomiya Kinen (1200m) at Chukyo.
The Kranji win was not in doubt from the moment the barriers opened with Purton sitting on the pace until the main straight where he let the six-year-old stride forward. They went to a comfortable 1 1/3L victory in their first race since the Chukyo win.
There will now be a wait until December to see if Aerovelocity can win the Group 1 Longines Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) at Sha Tin and become the first horse to claim the US$1 million bonus for winning three legs of the Global Sprint Challenge.
Dan Excel won the 2014 renewal of the Singapore Airlines International Cup and it was an enthralling second win for connections and jockey Tommy Berry, after an injury period and a disappointing trip to Australia.
Berry took control of the race from the outset and only the 2013 winner of the race, Military Attack (IRE) under Zac Purton, could get within a half-length of the seven-year-old Dan Excel at the finish.