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Infantry Leads in Karaka Quinella in Merlion Trophy

Tuesday, 7th March 2017

Infantry (Tavistock) led home a one-two finish for graduates of the Karaka sale ring when he won Sunday's S$350,000 Gr2 Merlion Trophy (1200m) at Kranji racecourse in Singapore. Infantry was purchased for just $7,000 at the 2013 National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale, while runner-up Nova Swiss (Swiss Ace) cost $10,000 at the 2015 Select Sale. Providing a fourth Merlion Trophy victory for trainer Alwin Tan, the Manoel Nunes-ridden Infantry charged home from midfield and finished over the top of his stable-mate Nova Swiss to win by a neck. Infantry has now had 15 starts for six wins, six placings and more than S$550,000 in prize money. For Nova Swiss it was his first taste of defeat in Singapore, having previously won all of his five starts. A full-brother to the stakes-placed stayer Night Nurse (Tavistock), Infantry was bred by Cambridge Stud's Sir Patrick and Lady Hogan. He was offered by Cambridge Stud at the 2013 National Weanling, Broodmare & Mixed Bloodstock Sale, where he was purchased by Ms A Rutten.

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