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Posted 2018-05-07 10:26:56  
South African Bred entered for Singapore's Kranji Mile

The $1.5 million Invitational Group 1 Kranji Mile (1600m) will feature four overseas horses, namely Southern Legend and Horse Of Fortune, both from Hong Kong, Here Comes When from United Kingdom and Ocean Emperor from New Zealand.


Southern Legend is prepared in Hong Kong by trainer Caspar Fownes, well-known by Kranji racegoers for his heroics in three KrisFlyer International Sprints, twice with Lucky Nine (2013 and 2014) and once with Green Birdie (2010). An Australian-bred five-year-old by Not A Single Doubt, Southern Legend won four races (1000m to 1200m) in Australia when prepared by trainer Les Bridge before he was sold to Hong Kong where he won four races (1200m to 1600m), but probably ran his best race to-date when a gallant third to Beauty Generation in the Group 1 Champions Mile (1600m) at Sha Tin on April 29.


Horse Of Fortune is a South African-bred seven-year-old gelding who boasts nine wins, of which the first three came at his original career in South Africa, including the Listed Sophomore Sprint (1200m) at Kenilworth in 2013. The son of Stronghold then pursued his career in Hong Kong where he won his remaining six races for South African trainer Tony Millard, including the last two coming at Group 3 level, the Sa Sa Ladies’ Purse (1800m) in 2016 and the Premier Plate (1800m) in 2017.


An eight-year-old by Danehill Dancer, the Andrew Balding-trained Here Comes When is a seasoned galloper boasting a record of eight wins and six placings in 31 starts. At four, he travelled to Baden-Baden, Germany where he captured the Group 2 Oettingen-Rennen (1600m), and last year, he sprang an upset in the Group 1 Qatar Sussex Stakes (1600m) under heavy rain at Goodwood.


Trained by Gary Hennessy of 2012 Cox Plate winner Ocean Park fame, Ocean Emperor is a six-year-old entire by Zabeel who has won seven races, including two at Group 2 level, the Tauranga Stakes (1600m) last November and the Japan New Zealand International Trophy (1600m) at his last start, at Matamata on March 24. 

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