Horse racing: Zac Spirit captures Lion City Cup, second win in three years

SINGAPORE - Zac Spirit ran away with the Group 1 Lion City Cup on Sunday afternoon to confirm his status as Singapore's leading sprinter.

This was the six-year-old Australian-bred gelding's second victory in the 1,200m race at the Singapore Turf Club after his previous triumph in 2014.

Then ridden by English jockey Alan Munro, it was Australian hoop Vlad Duric steering the Cliff Brown-trained galloper this time around.

Jumping from barrier four, Zac Spirit ($13) clocked 1min 8.45sec to finish a length clear of Emperor Max (Danny Beasley) while Super Winner (Elione Chaves) was a further two-and-a-half lengths adrift in third. Spalato (Corey Brown) was another length back in fourth on the Short Course.

Zac Spirit has now won 11 times from 22 starts and collected more than $1.5 million in stakes earnings for the Zac Stable.

The Lion City Cup, whose prizemoney has increased from $500,000 to $800,000, is now the third richest horse race in Singapore after the $1.35 million Emirates Singapore Derby (July 10) and the $1.15 million Longines Singapore Gold Cup (Nov 20).

The $3 million SIA Cup and $1 million KrisFlyer International Sprint, both International Group 1 races, have been discontinued.