FIVE more contenders for Singapore’s two international races on May 16 arrived yesterday morning.
Three sprinters from Hong Kong touched down around 7.30am while two French-trained gallopers arrived around 9.30am, around an hour behind schedule.
The three Hong Kong gallopers – Happy Zero, Green Birdie and Joy And Fun – are all in Singapore to contest the Group 1 KrisFlyer International Sprint over 1200m and will be joined by the French-trained Mariol in that race.
Joining the Robert Collet-trained Mariol on the flight from Brussels – via Sharjah – was Pascal Bary’s Gloria De Campeao, back to defend last year’s victory in the Group 1 Singapore Airlines International Cup over 2000m.
Singapore Turf Club’s veterinary surgeon Dr Eugene Reynders was on hand at Changi airport yesterday morning and reported the three Hong Kong gallopers all arrived without a hitch.
“Hong Kong vet Dr Bronte Forbes travelled with the horses and he said they all travelled well,” said Dr Reynders.
“He reported they all ate and drank on the flight and could not be happier with how they travelled.
“They looked bright when they came off the plane and so far have settled in well to their new surrounds here at the Club.”
The two French gallopers landed about an hour behind their scheduled arrival time of 8.30am and when finally unloaded looked calm and relaxed according to fellow Singapore Turf Club veterinary surgeon Dr Kieran Finn.
“They look to have travelled pretty well,” said Dr Finn. “They looked pretty calm when they finally came off the plane.
“They had a quick walk around before being loaded onto the float to head off to the Club.
“What I can gather from their handlers, who speak little English, is that they ate and drank on the trip and the flight went without a hitch.”
The remaining five international gallopers – Yamanin Kingley, Shadow Gate, Presvis, Lizard’s Desire and Lahaleeb, all contestants in the SIA Cup – will arrive in Singapore today. – SNTC