Blake Shinn and Daniel Moor face tough tasks in Singapore Derby | HK Racing

Two jockeys well-known to Hong Kong racing enthusiasts will take part in one of Singapore’s biggest races on Sunday.

Blake Shinn, who won this year’s Gold Cup and Champions & Chater Cup on Russian Emperor, recently left Hong Kong for mental health issues and has made a brief detour to race in the Lion City for a month before returning to Australia.

The 34-year-old has managed to secure five rides in his debut appearance at Kranji Racecourse, with his standout ride in the Singapore Derby (1,800m) coming aboard the Amazing Breeze coached by Jerome Tan.

Shinn may need to be at his best if he wants to claim the big race trophy as his mount seems to be in good shape.

Blake Shinn celebrates the Russian Emperor's Hong Kong Gold Cup victory.

The four-year-old, who has won just three of his 22 starts, finished fifth behind some other Derby runners in Group Two’s Stewards’ Cup last time out and has plenty to look for in the ratings.

Daniel Moore’s career in Hong Kong was almost over before it began and he left Hong Kong after just two months of his riding stint to be with his family in Australia, having not settled in the city.

Moor has a winner from a handful of rides in Singapore in recent weeks after commuting back and forth from Australia, and he’s picked up a Derby mount in the form of Hero for in-form trainer Tim Fitzsimmons.

Shinn was fined HK$600,000 for violating Covid protocols by visiting bars and clubs

Hero, another horse looking up from his depths, must massively exceed his score if Moor is to post-race in the winner’s pen.

Fitzsimmons won three group races in Singapore last month and saddles three runners in the field, with his best hope, Relentless, looking like he has a good chance if he makes the 1,800m step for the first time.

Relentless won the big test for the Derby, the Stewards’ Cup, staying strong in a way that suggested the extra 200m would be well within his compass.

Daniel Moor aboard Bingo Bingo after his first Hong Kong winner.

With huge rating differences between the 10 runners and nearly 50 pounds between the best and worst, the class should come to the fore and Lims Kosciuszko is the only contender with a three-digit rating.

He’s rated 101 and a 10-time winner, but he’s also never raced 1,800m and was caught late by Relentless after trying to make all the Stewards’ Cup races last time. The probable pace angle, he’ll be there late to take a shot at him.

Tiger Roar is likely to be the biggest threat to Relentless. He is the only leader with form over track and distance, with a win and a second place in two attempts, and he was noticed when he finished a strong third in the Stewards’ Cup.

He has ridden relatively lightly on his return from a 10-month hiatus in June and should be ready to put up a big race for Derby winner Michael Clements.

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