Horse racing: Parranda storms away to win inaugural $3.05-million CECF Singapore Cup

Top-rated American stayer Parranda won the $3.05-million Group 1 CECF Singapore Cup on Sunday evening.

The six-year-old chestnut mare, ridden by star Belgian jockey Christophe Soumillon, scored a comfortable 21/4-length victory over second-placed Zuzuland (with jockey Craig Newitt aboard) in the 1,800m race.

Finishing a nose away in third was Ming Zhi Cosmos (Manoel Nunes).

The winning time on the Singapore Turf Club's Long Course by Parranda was 1min 48.53sec.

Trained by US-based Christophe Clement, this was Parranda's 12th win from 30 career starts and fifth success at Group level.

Said Soumillon, 33: "She was the best mare, the best horse in the field. She travelled very nicely and we were under no pressure.

"At the end, she gave me an extra kick and won very easily. She was too good against the others today."

The inaugural CECF Singapore Cup, organised by the China Horse Club (CHC), is the country's richest horse race. The next-richest is the $3-million SIA Cup, which is usually held in May.