The richest race in Singapore shaped up as one lacking a strong pace, and Gitano Hernando took full advantage, settling towards the front, allowing Hong Kong’s California Memory to pre-emptively prompt the pace, then kick away late to hold off River Jetez for the win in the 2011 Singapore Airlines International Cup (G1). The win was the first on a big stage, for the now Herman Brown-trainee, since the 2009 Goodwood Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita. Hong Kong’s Irian deadheated for third with local hope Waikato. Brown trained Jay Peg to win the race in 2008. Gitano Hernando was set off at 14-1 following his sixth in the Dubai World Cup (G1) behind Victoire Pisa, and an eighth place finish behind Ambitious Dragon in the Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup (G1) at Sha Tin. The video of the race is posted below.
Photo courtesy Singapore Turf Club
A race earlier, Singaporean sensation Rocket Man dominated the KrisFlyer International Sprint (G1) with an almost five-length victory over Eclair Fastpass and Perfect Pins. Al Quoz Sprint (G2) third, Better Be The One, and local UAE hope Happy Dubai, were never involved. The win was the first in three tries in the race for the son of Viscount, second in both the 2009 and 2010 editions.