At Kranji racecourse in Singapore, Coolmore's former Gr1-winning Champion Australian Sire Fastnet Rock (Danehill-Piccadilly Circus, by Royal Academy) added a Group race success when 5YO Australian-bred gelding Elite Excalibur (Fastnet Rock-Romantic River, by Irish River) claimed a narrow 0.3 length win in the S$200,000 Gr3 Committee's Prize (1600m) for 3YO+, defeating Elite Invincible & Well Done. Elite Excalibur, who raced as River Wild out of the Gai Waterhouse stable in Sydney, was passed in for $325,000 at the 2014 inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Coolmore Stud. He improved his record to 6 wins and 5 placings (including the Listed Singapore Gold Cup & Listed Raffles Cup) from 22 starts. From the Irish River mare Romantic River, Elite Excalibur is a three-quarter brother to Waterhouse's former top-class mare Aqua D'Amore (Danehill) and a full-brother to Gr2 Sandown Guineas winner Petrology.
At Kranji racecourse in Singapore overnight, 6YO New Zealand-bred gelding Gilt Complex (Gold Centre-San Ysabeel, by Zabeel) made a late surge to score a narrow win in the S$1.35 million Gr1 Singapore Gold Cup (2200m) for 3YO+, defeating Bahana & Elite Excalibur. In claiming the third leg of the Singapore Triple Crown, Gilt Complex advanced his record to 8 wins (including the Gr1 Raffles Cup) and 8 placings (including the El Dorado Classic) from 26 starts. Gilt Complex, who was purchased for just $10,000 at the 2013 NZB Festival Yearling Sale, took home a bonus of S$50,000 for winning the second Leg - the Gr1 Raffles Cup (1800m) - three weeks earlier.
At Kranji racecourse in Singapore, 6YO bay gelding Gilt Complex (Gold Centre - San Ysabeel, by Zabeel) landed the biggest prize of his career and his first stakes success when scoring a comfortable 1.8 length win in the S$700,000 Gr1 Raffles Cup (1800m), defeating Elite Excalibur & Lim’s Cruiser. A $10,000 purchase from the 2013 NZB Festival Yearling Sale, Gilt Complex improved his record to 7 wins and 8 placings (including the El Dorado Classic) from 25 starts.
At Kranji racecourse in Singapore, The Oaks Stud's 5-time Gr1-winning & 5-time Gr1-placed stallion Darci Brahma (Danehill-Grand Echezeaux, by Zabeel) added a black-type success when 4YO entire Alibi (Darci Brahma-Bound to Impress, by Galileo) led throughout for a determined win in the S$500,000 Gr1 Patron's Bowl (1600m), holding off the fast-finishing Elite Excalibur by 0.2 length with Infantry in third. Hailing from the family of Gr1 Easter Stakes winner Honor Bound, Alibi was a $60,000 purchase at the 2014 Inglis Premier yearling Sale before being sold again for $90,000 at the 2014 NZB Ready To Run Sale. Alibi advanced his record to 7 wins (including the Listed Steward's Cup) and 4 placings from 12 starts. Having now won the first two legs of the Singapore Four-Year-Old Challenge – the Listed Stewards' Cup and now the Patron's Bowl – Alibi will attempt to clean sweep the series when he tackles the final leg, the Singapore Derby (2000m) on July 9.
The 6YO gelding Maseeha (Flitch-Six Crowns, by Excalibur's Lake) scored a 1.5-lengths victory in India's Gr1 Stayers' Cup (3000m) for 4YOs & up at Mumbai. Maseeha (ridden by Silvestre de Souza for trainer Zadmal Singh) defeated 5YO mare Conceptual (Valid Concept-Farcical, by Pharly) & 5YO gelding Spark Of Gold (Mischevious Music-Expensive Week, by Glenstal). Last year Maseeha also won India's Gr3 Maharaja Jiwajirao Scindia Trophy (1800m) at Mumbai & placed in the Gr3 Idar Gold Trophy (2400m) at Pune; & in 2008 he placed in the Gr1 Indian St Leger (2800m) at Mumbai.