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The Runners & Their Teams 2015



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  • [Barrier No: 9]
  • Polytrack specialist who would probably have preferred the KrisFlyer to be run on the alternative track. Not raced since his creditable fourth in the Group 1 Dubai Golden Shaheen (1200m) in March. Well exposed to international contests having won in Dubai and Korea, but on synthetic tracks. Trialled very well and raced closer than usual on May 7, being probably fresh from the long break. Will be outpaced early if they go crazy in front, just like in last year’s KrisFlyer. Just a place chance on best form.
Description: 6 B G
Trainer: ALWIN TAN (SG)
Season: 2014
Summary: 10 3 0 3
Career 34 10 5 4
Earnings(SGD): S$1,068,521
  • El Padrino
Race Date Ctry & Track Going Dist Barrier Place Race Category & Name WTR Wt Margin Odds Jockey Win Time Winner / Second
28-Mar-2015 UAE,MEY (LH) D(F) 1200 11 4/13 Dubai Golden Shaheen Sponsored By Gulf News 111 57 1.75 205 O Chavez 1:10.64 Secret Circle
15-Mar-2015 SIN,KRJ (LH) P(G) 1200 3 1/12 Merlion Trophy 115 57.5 1.3 20 O Chavez 1:11.05 Stepitup
01-Feb-2015 SIN,KRJ (LH) T(G) 1200 8 8/10 Open Stakes 93 53 5.7 52 D Flores 1:09.23 El Milagro
07-Dec-2014 SIN,KRJ (LH) P(G) 1200 2 4/9 RDA Cup 110 58 2.4 15 D Flores 1:11.61 Happy Money
31-Aug-2014 KOR,SEO (LH) D(F) 1400 4 1/14 Asia Challenge Cup 110 57 2 14 D Flores 1:23.80 Wonder Bolt
08-Aug-2014 SIN,KRJ (LH) P(G) 1200 9 1/11 Woodlands Handicap 115 56.5 1.5 18 D Flores 1:11.27 Hypernova
27-Jun-2014 SIN,KRJ (LH) T(F) 1400 8 7/11 Kranji Stakes A 110 58 3.2 14 D Beasley 1:22.33 Gold Rutile
18-May-2014 SIN,KRJ (LH) T(G) 1200 6 6/9 Krisflyer International Sprint 99 57 7.9 156 D Beasley 1:08.15 Lucky Nine
Alwin Tan
Alwin Tan, 46, spent five years (from 2002 to 2006) in Kentucky where the former Air Force regular started from scratch as a “hotwalker” before learning the fine art of horse-training with John Ward, Murray Johnson and Don Bernard. Following a job offer from Kranji trainer Hideyuki Takaoka, Tan returned to Singapore in 2006 with an assistant-trainer’s licence. He then joined trainer Sam Chua for another two years before finally branching out on his own in December 2009. The Singaporean enjoyed his best season at his sixth year in 2014 when he saddled 78 winners to finish second only two winners shy of Laurie Laxon on the Singapore trainer’s premiership. Tan captured his first “black type” win in March 2013 when Speedy Cat won the Group 3 Merlion Trophy on Polytrack. He actually went on to make it three-in-a-row in that race with El Padrino winning the next two renewals. War Affair cemented Tan's memorable 2014 year with a clean sweep of the Singapore Three-Year-Old Challenge and two Legs of the Singapore Triple Crown series, the Panasonic Kranji Mile and Raffles Cup, only missing out on the third Leg, the Longines Singapore Gold Cup, before beginning his 2015 campaign with a bang with a first-up win in the Group 1 Lion City Cup. Overseas, Tan enjoyed beginner’s luck with his historic win at his very first raid when El Padrino took out the inaugural Asia Challenge Cup in Seoul in August 2014. The same El Padrino will be back in the KrisFlyer in an attempt to better his unplaced run last year.
Oscar Chavez
Oscar Chavez, 40, was born in Panama and has been riding on the MRA circuit since 1993. With around 800 wins to his credit, Chavez has been one of the most successful expatriate riders in Singapore and Malaysia, though after marrying a local in Singapore, he is considered more as a local rider now. Chavez had a brief experience in Macau in 2005, but the family man prefers to concentrate his riding career at Kranji. He first put his name on the international map in January 2012 when he won two races with Ip Man (now El Padrino, his KrisFlyer rider this year) and Captain Obvious (his KrisFlyer ride in 2012 and 2013) in Dubai during the rich Dubai Racing Carnival. Chavez does not often ride in feature races at Kranji but boasts wins in the Group 1 Kranji Mile (2006) with Recast, EW Barker Trophy (2002) with Blizz Bless and Silver Cup (2000) with Bold Explorer on his resume. His last feature win was registered in this year’s Group 3 Merlion Trophy with El Padrino, four years since his last one which happened to be in the same event aboard Tuxedo Moon in 2011. Popular in Malaysia where he has won many feature races, Chavez is perhaps best remembered for his association with handy mare Confluence with whom he won the Penang Gold Cup in 2001, the Piala Emas Sultan Selangor in 2002 and the Selangor Gold Cup, Coronation Cup and Penang Sprint Trophy in 2003.