Singapore Sling, a R225,000 buy from the 2015 Cape Premier Yearling Sale, is on the brink of his biggest payday in Saturday’s Gr1 Kranji Mile in Singapore, a race worth the equivalent of R15,6-million.
He will have plenty of South African fans watching, but Singapore Sling is considered a Hong Kong raider after he was bought by Tony Millard’s patron Nikki Ng Mien Hua in 2016 following six excellent runs including a win in the Gr2 Dingaans at Turffontein.
He was first in the care of Millard’s brother-in-law Geoff Woodruff, who trained him to two wins, four places and R1,4-million in stakes.
The Ng family has been delighted with their purchase of what has become another valuable SA-bred. After two wins at Sha Tin, including the Hong Kong Classic Cup (1800m), Singapore Sling ran a mighty second to Ping Hai Star in the Group 1 BMW Hong Kong Derby (2000m) in March 2018. His six places in Hong Kong also include a second to superstar Beauty Generation in April’s Champions Mile, after which his career earnings topped the equivalent of a mammoth R34-milion.
Singapore Sling arrived in “Lion City” for his crack at this race last week and Millard’s wife Beverly reported that had adapted well to his new environment. He has had a daily workout since Monday.
The connections of the South African-bred had made it clear from the outset that the workload would be kept light as they had already done their fast work back home.
“Singapore Sling again did 1½ laps on the Poly,” said Mrs Millard on Tuesday. “His blood is good and we’ll be checking it again on Thursday.
“He did his final gallop over 1400m last Friday. Karis Teetan rode him and was happy with the work; we’ll just keep him ticking over. He has travelled and done the South Africa, Mauritius, England quarantine on the way to Hong Kong, so he is not new to travelling.”
Work rider Cheung Hiu Ming will be on his back right through before handing over to race-jockey Karis Teetan on Saturday.