Ken Nicol: Drakenstein-bred and Tony Millard-trained Singapore Sling scored a sensational win under Chad Schofield in the HK$10 million Grade 1 Hong Kong Classic Cup over 1800m on Sunday morning South African time.
The four-year-old registered his second win in four outings since arriving in the East and went off an easy-to-back 9-1 chance.
Always travelling well up handy on the rail, he went on to score a comfortable 1.25-length win over fancied Exultant, while warm 4-5 favourite Nothingilikemore with Magic Moreira up was a well-beaten fourth.
Previously trained on the Highveld by Geoff Woodruff, the Philanthropist gelding won the Grade 2 Dingaans of 2016 before being exported.
Understandably over the moon, Drakenstein Racing Manager Kevin Sommerville said: “Gaynor Rupert has always dreamt of breeding horses to win big international Grade 1’s. The 1800m suited him, and this is not only great for Philanthropist and Drakenstein, but great for SA racing as a whole’’.