Horse racing: Tropaios wins Gold Cup

Horse racing: Tropaios wins Gold Cup

With a perfectly-timed final surge and an exhilarating turn of foot, Tropaios claimed a thrilling victory at Sunday's Longines Singapore Gold Cup.

Australian jockey Tommy Berry kept the crowd at Kranji Racecourse on their feet as he orchestrated a last-gasp victory in the $1.35-million 2,200m race.

Tropaios, a four-year-old gelding, rose to challenge race leader Orakei Korako in the final 100m and edged ahead with a half-body length win.

Orakei Korako, with Barend Vorster astride, hung on for second position while Berry's compatriot Craig Newitt rode Dragonfly to third place.

Berry, Newitt and Glen Boss, whose Musketeer was 10th in the 14-horse field, were all granted one-day licences to ride the Gold Cup and are among Australia's top jockeys.

Said the Sydney-based Berry, 22, after claiming his sixth Group One victory: "Full credit to Mr Freedman (trainer) and his team. This horse has come a long way in a short time.

"The trick was to sit it in and he was probably going to be the strongest at the end of it."

Musketeer, a four-year-old gelding trained by four-time Gold Cup winner Hideyuki Takaoko, played the role of rabbit as he quickly seized the lead right from the start.

The rest of the pack seemed content to allow him to set the pace and Musketeer stayed in front for more than three-quarters of the race.

Coming off the final bend, Orakei Korako, who was pacing well in third place for most of the race, made a move to seize pole position.

But, in the end, there was no stopping Berry as he took an unimpeded route on the outside to crown a perfectly executed race plan.

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