Kiwi-bred sprinters set for KrisFlyer in Singapore

The New Zealand-bred Joy and Fun will be looking to achieve black type in three countries when he steps out in Sunday’s G1 KrisFlyer International Sprint in Singapore.

The Hong Kong-trained half-brother to Australian G1 winner Zarita (Pentire) has won two black type races from his home base so far – the G3 Chinese Club Challenge Cup and G3 Premier Cup.  More recently trainer Derek Cruz ventured to Dubai in March and landed the G3 Al Quoz Sprint.

Joy and Fun (Cullen – Gin Player by Defensive Play) was ridden by Brett Doyle when successful in Dubai and the same rider takes the mount this Sunday.

The Laurie Laxon-trained Mexican Rose (Volksraad) adds real interest to the KrisFlyer.  For a start, she is the only female in the race and at three years, the youngest contender.

Originally trained in New Zealand where she won twice, Mexican Rose has been a sensation since arriving in Singapore.  She won her first five races straight and has added a pair of Singapore Group 3 races this year.  ASt her most recent start, she was fourth Rocket Man in the G1 Lion City Cup.

The third of the Kiwi-bred runners Green Birdie (Catbird) is another Hong Kong-trained horse making the trip to Kranji for the S$1million purse.  A winner of 5 of his 29 starts, Green Birdie is a HK Group 2 winner and was alsosecond in the G1 Hong Kong International Sprint.