Ex-Irish horses are dominant in Singapore

The John Moore trained, Dan Excel makes history when recording back-to-back victories in the Singapore Airlines Cup at Kranji racecourse last weekend.
The John Moore trained, Dan Excel makes history when recording back-to-back victories in the Singapore Airlines Cup at Kranji racecourse last weekend.
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Dan Excel, formerly trained by Kevin Prendergast landed the SG$ 3 million [£1.5 million] Singapore Airlines Cup to register back-to-back victories in the feature for Hong King trainer John Moore with Australian jockey Tommy Berry in the saddle.

The winner made all the running to make history with no horse previously having won the race twice.

Dan Excel beat another Hong Kong challenger, Military Attack.

John Moore said: “All credit to Thomas Yeung, our riding boy, he’ll be going with Able Friend (to Royal Ascot next month) and to the mafoo (stable lad), who managed the horse to get him back to where he was today after that infirmity he suffered in Australia and the surgery he had earlier this season.”

Paul O’Sullivan was another Hong Kong trainer celebrating in the winner’s enclosure after Aerovelocity’s victory in the supporting feature with Zac Purton aboard – the Kris Flyer Sprint with Lucky Nine formerly trained in County Tyrone by Andy Oliver and winner of the sprint in 2013 and 2014 having to settle for third this time after a far from trouble free race.