Top international competition moves to Asia this weekend where the Singapore International Festival will feature the $2.4 million Singapore Airlines International Cup (Sin-I) and the $800,100 KrisFlyer International Sprint (Sin-I) on May 20.
These premier races and other stakes May 18, including the Singapore Guineas and Aushorse Golden Horseshoe, will be distributed by Kentucky-based AmWest Entertainment.
"We are anticipating two great days of top international competition as we follow many of the best horses and connections that have campaigned in the major races from Europe, Dubai, Hong Kong, Australia and other venues," said AmWest chief executive officer Nelson Clemmens. "It is an honor to partner with the Singapore Turf Club to provide our comprehensive simulcast program with the depth of quality that this racing and wagering represents to our North American customers and affiliates."
Horses expected to compete in the international races at Kranji Racecourse include Chinchon, winner of the 2010 United Nations Stakes (gr. IT) at Monmouth Park and second in that race last year; 2011 Hong Kong Cup (HK-I) winner California Memory; multiple German champion and group I winner Zazou; five-time Singapore champion Waikato; venerable Hong Kong campaigner Thumbs Up, who was recently second in the international Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup (HK-I); international group I winner Rocket Man, Singapore’s reigning Horse of the Year, and recent Dubai Golden Shaheen (UAE-I) victor Krypton Factor.
Indicative of the quality of the Singapore fields is that just these seven horses have already earned $18.7 million, or an average of $2,675,084.
The May 18 Kranji program will include nine races, with the featured Singapore Guineas set to be run at 9:35 a.m. EDT and the Aushorse Golden Horseshoe at 8:25 a.m. The May 20 program will span 11 races, with the KrisFlyer International Sprint, captured last year by Rocket Man, going off at 7:50 a.m. EDT and the Singapore Airlines International Cup, won last year by American grade I winner Gitano Hernando, set for 8:40 a.m.
AmWest Entertainment was selected by the Singapore Turf Club as the exclusive distributor of its international festival signal because the company is North America’s leading provider of elite international racing for wagering. Video of the Singapore racing will be available, along with free past performance data at www.AmWestEntertainment.com.