Infantry Wins EMIRATES SINGAPORE DERBY (GROUP 1)
4yo Tavistock Gelding Infantry has claimed the 2017 EMIRATES SINGAPORE DERBY (GROUP 1) in a decisive victory.
The horse was trained by Alwin Tan spent who 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.
Tan kept making his presence felt in the training ranks, so much so he finished twice runner-up in 2014 and 2015 before he finally went one better in 2016, capturing his first champion trainer title on 90 winners, 13 clear of Patrick Shaw. Tan’s trophy cabinet also filled up over the years. He 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.
EL PADRINO gave Tan another milestone when he scored a historic win in the inaugural Asia Challenge Cup in Seoul in August 2014. But Tan’s best horse to-date is WAR AFFAIR who completed 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 in 2014.
The next year, WAR AFFAIR carried on in the same rich vein with a first-up win in the Lion City Cup before bagging the first two Legs of the Singapore Four-Year-Old Challenge, the Stewards’ Cup and the Patron’s Bowl.
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