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.
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.
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.