05/19/2013 3:31PM

Military Attack strikes in Singapore Airlines International Cup

Shigeki Kikkawa
Military Attack, under jockey Zac Purton, wins the Group 1 Singapore Airlines International Cup by 3 3/4 lengths at Kranji Racecourse on Sunday.

Military Attack, one of the stars on the Hong Kong circuit this year, extended his winning streak to four races with a convincing victory in Sunday’s $2.4 million Singapore Airlines International Cup at Kranji Racecourse in Singapore.

A 5-year-old Irish-bred gelding by Oratorio, Military Attack (2-1) won the Group 1 International Cup over about 1 1/4 miles on turf by 3 3/4 lengths over 18-1 Dan Excel, another Hong Kong-based runner. Mawingo, a 26-1 outsider who raced in Australia earlier this year, finished third in the field of 13. Pastorius, the 2-1 favorite, was 12th.

Military Attack was timed in 1:59.58 on good turf. The first two finishers are trained by John Moore in Hong Kong.

Military Attack was ridden by Zac Purton, who kept his mount on the inside for the first mile. Turning into the stretch, Purton guided Military Attack between horses, and he quickly pulled clear. Military Attack was not urged in the final sixteenth while maintaining a comfortable lead.

Owned by Steven Lo, Military Attack won two Group 1 races in Hong Kong earlier this year – the Hong Kong Gold Cup in February and the Queen Elizabeth II Cup in April. Moore mentioned the Cox Plate in Australia in October as a long-term possibility for Military Attack.

On the same program in Singapore, the Hong Kong-based Lucky Nine (4-1) won the $800,000 Krisflyer International Sprint over six furlongs on turf by three lengths over the Australian-bred mare Bel Sprinter.

Lucky Nine, a 6-year-old Irish-bred gelding by Dubawi, won the Group 1 Chairman’s Sprint Prize in Hong Kong in February. In March 2012, Lucky Nine was third in the Dubai Golden Shaheen on the undercard of the Dubai World Cup.

Lucky Nine was ridden by Brett Prebble for trainer Caspar Fownes.

Meisho Mambo wins Japanese Oaks

Meisho Mambo won her first Grade 1, and her fourth race in her seventh career start, in Sunday’s $1,981,960 Japanese Oaks at Tokyo Racecourse.

Only 10th in the Japanese 1000 Guineas on April 7, Meisho Mambo (28-1) closed from well off the pace with a wide rally to win the Japanese Oaks by 1 1/4 lengths over Ever Blossom, an 8-1 shot. Denim and Ruby, the 2-1 favorite, finished third, 1 1/4 lengths in front of Ayusan, the winner of the Japanese 1000 Guineas, who was fourth.

Meisho Mambo was ridden by Koshiro Take for Akihiro Iida. By the Sunday Silence stallion Suzuka Mambo, Meisho Mambo is owned by breeder Yoshio Matsumoto.

Biz the Nurse takes Italian Derby

Sunday was a big day worldwide for the stallion Oratorio.

In Italy, the Oratorio colt Biz the Nurse (2-1) won the $783,000 Italian Derby at Capannelle Racecourse, leading a sweep of the first three finishers for trainer Stefano Botti. Wish Come True and Ancient King finished second and third in the field of 12.

Best Tango, the 2-1 favorite, finished seventh, leading to the quarter-mile mark before fading.

Biz the Nurse, ridden by Andrea Atzeni, was in the middle of the field early and moved closer to the front with three furlongs remaining. Biz the Nurse won by four lengths.

Botti had five of the runners in the race over 1 3/8 miles on turf.

Owned by Scuderia Aleali, Biz the Nurse won the listed Premio Botticelli at Capannelle in late April.