Drakenstein Stud’s resident sire Philanthropist enjoyed a good weekend this past week, with the son of Kris S responsible for a trio of local winners with Philanthropist’s star son Singapore Sling putting up an excellent performance when finishing second to the outstanding galloper Beauty Generation in Sunday’s G1 FWD Champions Mile at Sha Tin.
A former winner of both the G2 Investec Dingaans and Hong Kong Classic Cup, the Drakenstein Stud bred Singapore Sling showed his class by running Beauty Generation (the highest earner in Hong Kong history) to a length and a half, at level weights, in Sunday’s HK$18 000 000 Champions Mile.
His trainer Tony Millard commented after the race, ““It was a very good run. Today is what he showed us last year. He’s come back to himself.
We know 1600 metres is not quite his trip, he’s more an 1800-metre horse. The options are open now, we’ve already been invited to the Yasuda Kinen or we go to Singapore but it’s whatever the boss wants to do, so we leave it up to him. This is as good as we know he is and he was making up a lot of ground towards the end, which we thought he would. He ran a fantastic race.”
Singapore Sling has now earned over $20 000 000 in prize money.
His sire Philanthropist also was responsible for a trio of winners closer to home over the weekend, with the sire’s sons Kenny Trix and Texas Sky winning in Kenilworth and Mauritius respectively on Saturday, another son Clifton Crusher scoring in Fairview last Friday.
North America’s Leading All-Weather Sire, by stakes, in 2014, Philanthropist has nearly 40 black type performers to his name, including the champions Pender Harbour and Phil’s Dream.