Singapore Sling Looks Sharp For Saturday’s Kranji Mile

 May 24 2019

Singapore Sling breezed down the home straight at a fluid clip under work rider Cheung Hui Ming; a sprightly workout without undue exertion that connections hope will send him into Saturday’s (25 May) Singapore feature at the peak of his game. 

Mrs. Millard is a vital cog in Team Millard. She would likely have been aboard Singapore Sling this morning were she not recovering from knee surgery, just as she was 12 months ago when helping to prepare the stable’s Horse Of Fortune for a game second behind Southern Legend. 

Singapore Sling, though, is a cut above last year’s Millard representative. The 2018 Hong Kong Classic Cup (1800m) hero heads into the weekend off a season’s best second to the untouchable Beauty Generation in the G1 Champions Mile, beaten a length and a half. Southern Legend brought similar form last term – third to the Hong Kong champion in the same race – and sluiced to an easy score. 

Singapore Sling seems to have settled in well and was this morning alert to the new distraction of a gaggle of mainly Hong Kong press observing his every move.

“He’s happy, he’s nice and bright and quite settled. He’s been a little bit spooky a couple of mornings but it’s lovely and quiet here, we’ve more or less got the track to ourselves so there aren’t too many distractions.

“He seems relaxed. He’s watching everything all the time but that’s what he’s like at home, that’s just him.”

The five-year-old’s trainer was due to land in Singapore today, though was not expected to arrive in time for the lunchtime barrier draw. 

The gelding cruised through a barrier trial for big-race pilot Zac Purton last Friday morning before departing for Singapore late that night. 

The SIN G1 contest was first opened to international invitees last year and Hong Kong’s duo is aiming to maintain a perfect record. But this time they will have to contend with Singapore’s own star, the rattling deep-closer Debt Collector.

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