Southern Legend demolished his SIN G1 Kranji Mile rivals for the second year in succession, quickening to an imposing win in Singapore’s invitational feature tonight (Saturday, 25 May).
The Caspar Fownes-trained six-year-old had two and a half lengths on his rivals, with former Hong Kong galloper Blizzard second and fellow Sha Tin raider Singapore Sling in third.
“That was probably a career best, a big effort – I think it’s his best performance,” Zac Purton said of the Boniface Ho-owned gelding.
Hong Kong’s champion jockey enjoyed a sweet run on the lead last year; this time he tucked on the rail, one back, stalking the Karis Teetan-ridden Singapore Sling.
“When Singapore Sling went forward like he did, I thought ‘great’ – I just knew from experience that he’s not effective like that so I was happy to let him go, let him use his energy and then wait for the last quarter to do our job. It set the race up for us,” Purton opined.
“Southern Legend travelled very well, he was in a lovely spot and I was happy the way the race unfolded.”