Cape breds for Singapore’s top races
The Cape bred Kavanagh is one of 11 runners likely to take part in Sunday’s Gr1 Krisflyer International Sprint. This $1 000 000 feature, one of the world’s richest sprint races, was won last year by another Cape bred sprinter – Maine Chance Farms’ bred Ato. The Krisflyer is also the fourth leg of the Global Sprint Challenge.
Sixth in the Gr1 Golden Shaheen on Dubai World Cup night last time out, Kavanagh’s ten rivals include the top rated Australian sprinter Bel Sprinter (G1 Galaxy Stakes), Balmont Mast (2nd Golden Shaheen), Lucky Nine (Hong Kong Sprint) and Super Easy (Horse of the Year).
Bred and owned by Wilgerbosdrift, Kavanagh (Tiger Ridge – Qaestio) is a full brother to Foyle, who broke his maiden at Turffontein at just his second on Saturday.
The Krisflyer precedes the day’s main event, the $3 000 000 Singapore Airlines International Cup.
This 2000m Gr1 feature sees a world class field of athletes take part. Among the 13 runners are European G1 winners Pastorius (Prix Ganay), Meandre (Grand Prix de Paris), Hunter’s Light (Premio de Roma), as well as Hong Kong Vase winner Red Cadeaux.
Two Cape breds are expected to make the line in the Singapore Cup – namely Lizarre (bred by Willem Englebrecht Jr) and Flax (Maine Chance Farms). The latter, by SA’s leading sire Silvano, is lightly raced but has won six of 14 starts and was third in the Cup last year. Jet Master’s son Lizarre, trained by South African Pat Shaw, has won four times in Singapore, and comes into the race off a win in the Singapore G3 contest, the Admiralty Classic Stakes.
Avontuur’s exciting new sire, Oratorio, is the sire of one of the race’s top contenders, recent QE II Cup hero Military Attack. The latter will be looking to make it four wins in a row on Sunday.