CTS graduate Singapore Sling’s Sling’s Hong Kong Classic Cup not only gave the 2018 BMW Hong Kong Derby a shake-up but may have provided the South African racing industry with a much-needed banner horse as the Jockey Club looks to open up new avenues to horse ownership, reports the South China Morning Post.

The Derby picture was looking awfully stale until Sunday, but a missed start, lost shoe and non-threatening fourth from Nothingilikemore, combined with a convincing victory from Singapore Sling, and all of a sudden we have a new pecking order for the big race.

Although it’s all about Singapore Sling’s Derby chances right now, the broader implications of his win are fascinating at a time when a new test for African horse sickness could loosen the strict quarantine restrictions on horse exports out of South Africa.

Currently horses exported from South Africa to Hong Kong have to take a trip that makes Phileas Fogg’s adventures look like a trip to the local 7-Eleven.

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