Olympic Anthem out of S'pore Cup

The $3.05 million CECF Singapore Cup on Sunday week has lost one of its runners, OLYMPIC ANTHEM, leaving a field of 10 to contest the Group 1 race over 1,800m at Kranji.

The Michael Freedman-trained runner (above) was reported by the veterinary surgeon to have bled after his lead-up race on Sunday and has been barred from racing for three months.

The best bet of The New Paper tipster Tan Thean Loon, who was going for his fifth straight top-bet winner, Olympic Anthem had a torrid run in the Kranji Stakes C event over 1,400m on the long course in Race 10.

Ridden by Michael Rodd, the four-year-old New Zealand-bred was bumped at the start and then proved difficult to settle in the early stages.

Near the 500m mark, where he was about to launch his run, the chestnut gelding was bumped again by another runner.

The smart come-from-behind debut winner, who started as the $11 favourite, became one-paced after that and finished sixth to Aspen, barely four lengths behind.

Olympic Anthem is one of three Singapore runners for the Singapore Cup, organised by China Horse Club for its members at the Third China Equine Cultural Festival (CECF) and the first to be held outside mainland China.

Singapore is now left with 2013 Longines Singapore Gold Cup winner Tropaios and Iznate, both also trained by Freedman.

The other eight entries come from America (three), Australia (three) and France (two).