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MIlatary Attack

Zac Purton takes a look over his shoulder as Military Attack goes clear

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Red down the field as Attack crushes Cup rivals

Report: Singapore, Sunday

Kranji: Singapore Airlines International Cup (Group 1) 1m2f, 3yo+

HONG KONG completed a clean sweep of big prizes at Kranji after Military Attack (John Moore/Zac Purton) cruised to victory in the International Cup, but veteran traveller Red Cadeaux was not at his brilliant best back in eighth.

The five-year-old was the clear form horse in the race, arriving in Singapore with a three-race unbeaten record and two Group 1s under his belt already this year.

Purton had Military Attack prominent throughout but turning for home with a wall of horses in front looked for a moment as if he might struggle to find space to unleash his challenge.

But a spot of deft maneuvering by Purton and Military Attack was suddenly in the clear and sauntering away from the labouring field.

"To do what he's done agaisnt that sort of field is scary to think how much he's improved," said Purton.

"I came here thinking I had a chance and I would have been happy to win but to win like that is phenomenal."

Moore added: "I'm so happy I got the horse. Purton's given him the best ride you've ever seen and I'm absolutely ecstatic."

The winner was formerly trained in Britain, where he won three races for trainer John Hills and went under the name of Rave. It is common practice for horses shipped to the Far East to be redubbed upon arrival.

Red Cadeaux, adding yet another stamp to his much-travelled passport, was unable to add to his extraordinary record in international contests.

His rider Gerald Mosse was hard at work from the final turn but the seven-year-old looked a little one-paced, staying on past beaten horses. It would be more than understable if his exertions so far this year - second in the Dubai World Cup, third in Kyoto's Tenno Sho - have blunted his edge a little.

However he also covered extra ground out wide and his rider reported the ground was too quick for him.

There was more to celebrate for Jane Chapple-Hyam, who shipped Mull Of Killough out for the race and saw him come home fifth, picking up connections £30,000 and change. Britain's other representative, Hunter's Light, was sixth.

Dan Excel was second to give trainer John Moore a one-two and Mawingo came home in third.

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