Hamster picks Tropaios to win the SIA Cup, Lucky Nine the KrisFlyer
Dwarfing in size to a horse, Loki the hamster (above) made up with bite-sized horsepower.
Simon Leong, 46, bought the female hamster specially to predict the winners of Sunday's $3 million Singapore Airlines International Cup and the $1 million KrisFlyer Internationl Sprint.
"It is easy to train Loki by using food and my hands to manoeuver it to the prediction stalls," said the Singapore Turf Club vice president (corporate services).
"For the past two years, we used parrots to predict the winners.
"We wanted to try something different and a cute hamster fits the bill."
The elusive critter took off in a jiffy and scurried through the maze, even stopping on some occasions for a scrub.
With a little push from Leong, Loki scampered to stall No. 1, banking the win on trainer Caspar Fownes' Lucky Nine in the Krisflyer.
The critter was given a second lap and it galloped to China Horse Club's Teo Ah Khing's stall 11, predicting Tropaios the champion in the SIA Cup.
"It has given me more pressure to win the Cup, but now it's up to my horse and not the hamster," said Teo.
But the Malaysian architect added that horse racing is a serious sport and the hamster lightens the mood for race-day.
No doubt, Loki predicts that Tropaios and Lucky Nine are in it to win it, but, remember, anything can happen in Sunday's two big races.