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Racing: Defending champion Military Attack faces tough test to defend SIA Cup

Published on May 15, 2014 3:19 PM
Race horse Military Attack (with jockey Zac Purton astride) emerged the champion of the Singapore Airlines International (SIA) Cup held at the Singapore Racecourse in Kranji on May 19, 2013. The barrier draw for Sunday's $3 million SIA Cup was announced on Thursday, May 15, 2014. -- TNP FILE PHOTO: JEREMY LONG

The barrier draw for Sunday's $3 million Singapore Airlines International Cup (SIA Cup) was announced on Thursday afternoon.

In the SIA Cup, which will be held at the Singapore Turf Club, defending champion Military Attack drew a wide berth and will start at barrier No. 10. It faces a tough task to defend its crown in the 2,000m race.

Last year's runner-up Dan Excel drew barrier No. 2. Both horses are trained by Australian John Moore.

Moore, however, remains optimistic. The 64-year-old trainer said: "The draw's a bit of a challenge for both horse and jockey, but we are coming into the race with horses who have performed here already at the Kranji track.

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