Singapore Sling will attempt the seemingly insurmountable task of defeating Beauty Generation in Sunday’s G2 Oriental Watch Sha Tin Trophy Handicap, with trainer Tony Millard taking heart from his gelding’s previous plucky attempts.
The six-year-old was a closing second to the champ 12 months ago and the margin of half a length is the closest any horse has got to Beauty Generation during his imperious 10-win streak. That effort was Singapore Sling’s first of that campaign and the bay heads into the weekend fresh once again from a summer break.
“We did the same thing with him last year and I’m happy with how things have gone this time, he’s had a proper prep and he’s as good as I can get him first-up,” Millard said
The South African is maintaining his usual competitive approach whilst retaining a sense of realism, his horse having gone down by a length and a half when second to Beauty Generation in the set-weights G1 Champions Mile the last time they met.
“Enable got beat, so maybe this horse can be beat too,” he said, referencing the champion European mare’s recent defeat in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
“I’m not one to hold back and when I race, I race to win, not to run second. If it doesn’t come off, it doesn’t come off and you’ve got to get up and go again. We like to take our chances and sooner or later this horse (Beauty Generation) is going to start to feel his age and hopefully we’re there that day.”