Horse racing: Record chasing Alibi draws gate 11 ahead of Sunday's Singapore Derby

Racehorse Alibi in action at Kranji on April 15, 2016.
Racehorse Alibi in action at Kranji on April 15, 2016.PHOTO: TNP

SINGAPORE - Pre-race favourite Alibi has been handed a tough draw ahead of Sunday's $1.15 million Emirates Singapore Derby.

At the post-position draw on Wednesday afternoon (July 5) at Chinatown Point, Alibi's trainer Michael Clements drew barrier 11 for his New Zealand-bred stallion.

Alibi is seeking to become the first horse to sweep all three legs of the Singapore Four-Year-Old Challenge. He had captured the first two legs, the $300, 000 Steward's Cup over 1,400m and the $500, 000 Patron Bowl over 1,600m earlier this year.

Trainer Michael Clements acknowledged that the draw was less than ideal but played down its effect on his galloper's chances for the weekend's Group 1 race over 2,000m.

"It is what it is. Over 2,000m, the barrier doesn't play that big a part that it might do in a shorter distance race. The horse is doing extremely well. I couldn't be happier with the way he has come through," said the 51-year-old handler.

While this will be Alibi's first attempt over 10 furlongs, jockey Glen Boss remained confident that the distance would not faze the seven-race winner.

The Australian said: "He's an up-and-coming horse in a pretty commanding position right now. He's won both legs and people tend to forget that.

"In the Patron's Bowl, he looked the winner for a big majority of the race. He's got such a will to win. The distance is query but there are a lot of the other horses who are in the same boat.

"Whether he can see out the trip, we will find out on Sunday I guess but who's to say that he cannot stay?"

Other leading contenders Infantry and Lim's Cruiser drew gates six and nine respectively.

For local trainer Desmond Koh, who won this race in 2012 with Chase Me, the draw went well. His dark horse Sun Hoplites drew barrier eight.

He said: "Sun Hoplites is a long shot in the race. We need the luck and eight is a lucky number."

Post position draw results:

Barrier 1: Preditor

Barrier 2: Guru Guru

Barrier 3: Mr Scorsese

Barrier 4: Magstock

Barrier 5: Justice Fair

Barrier 6: Infantry

Barrier 7: Lim's Samurai

Barrier 8: Sun Hoplites

Barrier 9: Lim's Cruiser

Barrier 10: Excellency

Barrier 11: Alibi

Barrier 12: Nova Strike

Barrier 13: Absolute Miracle

Barrier 14: Elite Excalibur

Barrier 15: Song to the Moon