Horse racing: Hong Kong raider Dan Excel wins $3-million SIA Cup

Horse Aerovelocity, ridden by jockey Zac Purton, winning the Kris Flyer International Sprint at the Singapore Turf Club on May 17, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN
Horse Aerovelocity, ridden by jockey Zac Purton, winning the Kris Flyer International Sprint at the Singapore Turf Club on May 17, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN
Horse No.2 Dan Excel wins the Singapore Airlines International Cup at the Singapore Turf Club on May 17, 2015.  -- ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN
Horse No.2 Dan Excel wins the Singapore Airlines International Cup at the Singapore Turf Club on May 17, 2015.  -- ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

HONG Kong raider Dan Excel emerged victorious at the $3-million Singapore Airlines International (SIA) Cup at the Kranji racecourse on Sunday evening.

The seven-year-old galloper finished in a time of 2min 1.52sec to retain his title, pipping Military Attack (2:01.59) by half a length in the 2,000m race.

Singapore hope Quechua, prepared by South African trainer Patrick Shaw, finished third in 2:02.07.

Earlier, Hong Kong's Aerovelocity captured the $1-million KrisFlyer International Sprint.

The six-year-old gelding, with jockey Zac Purton astride, finished the 1,200-metre race in a time of 1min 9.05sec, 11/2 lengths ahead of second-place Emperor Max, who finished in 1:09.31.

Back-to-back winner Lucky Nine finished third in 1:09.44.