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  • [Barrier No: 5]
  • Reigning Singapore champion sprinter who has been aimed at this race again this year. Will try and make amends from last year’s run when he went ballistics at the barriers, but still ran third to Lucky Nine. Spot-on following an ideal prep; win in Group 3 Kranji Sprint (1200m) and close second in Group 1 Lion City Cup (1200m). Best when ridden handy but can sometimes overrace if it is not a true run race. Tends to win by small margins but never shirks a fight. Good to soft suits. Will be right in the mix.
Description: 5 B G
Season: 2014
Summary: 7 4 0 3
Career 19 10 2 6
Earnings(SGD): S$1,226,827
  • Zac Spirit
Race Date Ctry & Track Going Dist Barrier Place Race Category & Name WTR Wt Margin Odds Jockey Win Time Winner / Second
26-Apr-2015 SIN,KRJ (LH) T(G) 1200 5 2/9 LION CITY CUP 115 57.5 NS 12 M Rodd 1:09.21 War Affair
05-Apr-2015 SIN,KRJ (LH) T(Y) 1200 3 1/9 KRANJI SPRINT 115 58 0.8 12 J Powell 1:09.93 Goal Keeper
20-Feb-2015 SIN,KRJ (LH) T(G) 1400 7 1/8 OPEN STAKES 115 58 3 10 M Rodd 1:22.10 Davide
01-Feb-2015 SIN,KRJ (LH) T(G) 1200 10 3/10 OPEN STAKES 115 58 1.3 9 M Nunes 1:09.23 El Milagro
16-Nov-2014 SIN,KRJ (LH) T(G) 1200 3 3/7 OPEN 112 59 1.3 17 A Munro 1:09.42 Faaltless
26-Oct-2014 SIN,KRJ (LH) T(G) 1200 5 3/9 OPEN STAKES 108 58 5.5 31 A Munro 1:08.15 Spalato
18-May-2014 SIN,KRJ (LH) T(G) 1200 2 3/9 KRISFLYER INTERNATIONAL SPRINT 108 57 4.8 18 A Munro 1:08.15 Lucky Nine
27-Apr-2014 SIN,KRJ (LH) T(G) 1200 5 1/7 LION CITY CUP 115 57.5 1.5 10 A Munro 1:08.76 Emperor Max
Cliff Brown
Cliff Brown, 46, is the youngest trainer in the history of Australian racing to have trained three Derby winners at Group 1 level. He trained 13 Group 1 and 2 winners including the 1997 Rosehill Guineas, 2002 Adelaide Cup and the South Australia Derby in 1995, 1996 and 1999, along with numerous other “black type” races. Brown has also had a number of Melbourne Cup runners including Markham who ran a gallant third in 1997. After relocating to Singapore in 2008, he earned his maiden Group 1 triumph in his adopted home three years later when he won the Emirates Singapore Derby with Clint in 2011. His KrisFlyer runner Zac Spirit is arguably the best horse he has put the bridle on in Singapore, giving him one win in the Group 1 Lion City Cup (2014) and two in the Group 3 Kranji Sprint (2014 and 2015).
Joao Moreira
Joao Moreira, 31, took Singapore by storm between 2009 and 2013, landing four premiership titles and smashing record after record, before he continued on his crusade in Hong Kong where he is enjoying the same resounding success, currently well on his way to his first title after finishing second to Zac Purton at his first season last year despite missing two months of the championship. After showing his wares with a third place on 69 wins on the log at his first Kranji foray in 2009, the Brazilian jockey went on to secure four consecutive premiership titles (2010 to 2013), blitzing the record of most wins at Kranji when he reached the incredible haul of 206 wins in 2012. But all these were eclipsed by that almost superhuman feat of his – probably unmatched in racing’s record books and for years to come – score a perfect eight from eight at Kranji on 6 September 2013. Moreira, who began his career in 2000, was not as well known when he was riding in Brazil, though he was a two-time Brazilian Eclipse Award (Trofeu Mossoro) winner (2006/7 and 2007/8) and boasted a fine record of over 1,000 wins, including the Grade 1 Grande Premio Diana and Grande Premio Henrique de Toledo Lara, both captured in 2008 with Bubbly Jane in Sao Paulo. Before Moreira came to Singapore, his overseas resume included Argentina, France, Dubai and Uruguay, but his fame has since propelled him to international success in Hong Kong, Australia, South Africa, England, Malaysia, Macau and Sweden, including success in jockey’s challenges in South Africa, Hong Kong and the UK’s famous Shergar Cup. Among Moreira’s most recent overseas feats are his two wins at his first Dubai World Cup participation in 2014 when he landed the Group 1 Dubai Golden Shaheen with Sterling City and the Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint with Amber Sky, and his ever-growing Australian Group 1 tally this year with a win aboard Brazen Beau in the Newmarket Handicap. His major highlights in Hong Kong include the Group 1 Longines Hong Kong Mile, HKG1 Stewards’ Cup and HKG1 Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup on Able Friend and the Group 1 Longines Hong Kong Cup and HKG1 Hong Kong Gold Cup on Designs On Rome. He has a phenomenal 108 Hong Kong wins so far this season for a total of 208 (as of 4 May). On 1 March, 2015, he equalled the Hong Kong record of six wins in a day held by Douglas Whyte and Brett Prebble. Though Moreira has won many Group 1 races in Singapore, headlined by the Emirates Singapore Derby with Chase Me in 2012, the SIA Cup and KrisFlyer have, however, still proven elusive to the jockey they call ‘Magic’.