Horse Racing: Infantry romps home to win the Singapore Derby

Winning jockey Manoel Nunes at the Singapore Derby prize presentation as trainer Alwin Tan (right) looks on. ST PHOTO: NICHOLAS DE SILVA
Trainer Alwin Tan and jockey Manoel Nunes are all smiles after winning the Singapore Derby 2017 with champion horse Infantry. ST PHOTO: NICHOLAS DE SILVA

SINGAPORE - Infantry marched ahead to claim this year's Singapore Derby on Sunday (July 9).

Starting off from barrier six, the New Zealand-bred bay gelding ridden by Manoel Nunes was fifth on the fence before storming away from the pack in the final 400m to win the race.

Infantry finished a full-length clear from Lim's Samurai (William Pike) with Nova Strike (Derreck David) a neck behind in third.

Pre-race favourite Alibi (Michael Boss), who was looking to create history by completing a clean sweep of the Singapore Four-Year-Old challenge, fell short and placed fourth.

The winning time was 2min 2 sec on the short course at the Singapore Turf Club.

Winning trainer Alwin Tan described the victory in the $1.15 million Group 1 race over 2,000m as the biggest in his career.

This is Tan's first derby title after coming close in the 2015 edition when War Affair placed second.

A headliner on the local racing calendar, it is the Republic's oldest horse race and marks the final leg of the Singapore Four-Year-Old challenge.

Since the discontinuation of top-tier international group 1 Singapore Airlines International Cup last year, the Singapore Derby offers the second largest prize money purse after the $1.35 million Singapore Gold Cup in November.

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