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Race analysis and race selections for Friday's racing at Kranji
18 May 2017 | Singapore Turf Club 

RACE 1

Even race to get started. Farees (9) served notice of his potential at his second run when he flashed home late for second to the unbeatable Tannhauser. Looks hard to topple on that run. Majulah (10) ran a nice second at long odds at his last start. Seems to be finally getting the racing caper down pat. Worthy of consideration from now on. Alphanova (4) never quickened at his last outing. No excuse for that run. Can just be attributed to an off day. Nice barrier. Can make amends. Kokoni (2) showed a bit of pace on debut but weakened thereafter to run seventh. Will strip fitter for this. Blinkers off. Can finish in the money.

RACE 2

The vastly-improved Justice Light (1) is knocking on the door. May well get it right this time around even if the awkward alley does raise some query. The Odds (12) ran a creditable fourth on debut. Has drawn a horror gate, but is more of a backmarker. Earmuffs and crossover noseband on. Keep safe. Laurie Laxon’s Brazilian-bred Magic City (9) needed the run on debut but did warm up to the task late. Expect improvement second-up, especially from the low draw. Beijing Star (5) was first among the beaten brigade behind the smart Tannhauser last time out. If he reproduces that form, he should be among the leading hopes in this.

RACE 3

Back Walking Thunder (3) again. He was ultra-impressive at his maiden win. Gives the impression the six furlongs will be even more up his alley. Only blemish is the bad gate. Dragon Kingdom (6) was not well ridden at his last start. Stayed too far back and made ground late to run fourth. Can atone. Stirling (7) has to be credited with a decent second last time out. No weight on his back. Major say. Hades (1) is knocking on the door again. The booking of Vlad Duric points to his chances. Awkward alley. Include in calculations.

RACE 4

Wide open race. After being raced over sprints, Lim’s Battle (3) is finally stepped up to a trip which is more his cup of tea. Nice gate. Blinkers on. In the hunt. Winning Star (6) is back in form. In his element in this and must be included in your exotic bets. Lady Liberty (7) showed so much promise early in her career, but is still a maiden after 18 starts. Recent runs have not been without merit, though. Consider for a place. Has drawn an alley. Perfect Challenger (5) runs on in his races but is not the easiest of horses to ride. Will be around the mark if he can overcome the outermost alley.

RACE 5

Former top three-year-old Conflight (1) bounced back to form at his last run. If he reproduces that run, he can win again. Red Dawn (2) resumed with a win. Has come on further and shapes up as a leading candidate here even if wide barrier is against him. Winning Man (7) won a nice race two runs back and was not disgraced when up in class at his next start. Include in calculations. Keep an eye on Conilad (8). Back from a let-up and trialled super three weeks ago. Has drawn barrier No 1 and may sneak into the minors. Blinkers off.

RACE 6

One of these races where it is not easy to make a case for most of them. Best Jade (7) had every chance at his last race but stayed one-paced inside the last 400m. Worth another shot. Barnburgh Lad (3) is more dangerous when he gets to dictate his terms upfront. Pole position will make his task easier. Cannot be ignored if he enjoys that freedom here. Ocean General (1) passed a few tired horses at his last race on Friday. On the quick back-up. Place claims. A Lot In Hand (6) does not get beaten out of his ground. Looks suited here. May sneak in for a minor placing.

RACE 7

Competitive race. Lim’s Samurai (10) won as expected second-up. Up against stronger class but he is in fine fettle and cannot be overlooked. Six furlongs were too short for Absolute Miracle (4) at his last outing. Will be better suited over 1400m. Worth consideration. Super Six (7) is stepping up in distance, but he won once over 1400m. This is tougher but he can still finish in the money. Nazir (2) is back in trip but if there is a good pace to the race, he is not without claims.

RACE 8

Last-start winner Elite Warrior (2) has not taken long to show what he can do. Looks to have improved further. Strong claims from barrier one. Marine Treasure (1) made a remarkable comeback after a five-month absence. Fitter for the run and should be able to give a good account of himself second-up. Bandido (6) flew home for fourth when resuming from a seven-month layoff. Won his two races over 1200m on Polytrack. Middle draw. Fair say. Amazealot (9) is in his element here. Bears watching.

RACE 9

Fairly open race to wind things up. Lim’s Dashing (9) has had two nice runs back from a spell. Close to his best form. Go close.Groenewegen (4) has been freshened up. Trip suits and is well drawn. Ran a nice barrier trial last Thursday when second to Royal Ruler. Commands respect. El Don (12) unleashed a blinding turn of foot to score at his last outing. This is not much tougher. Expect him to have a say again. Duty First (10) is not a bad sort and is in good shape. Nice gate. Can fight out the finish.

 

MEDIA SELECTIONS
SINGAPORE RACE MEETING: FRIDAY 19 MAY 2017
Overall 1st Selections  
First Pick = 1 • Second Pick = 2 • Third Pick = 3 • Fourth Pick = 4   1st
RACE 1 Overall Matthew Jones Nicholas Child Thomas Wood Raymond Yong Collin Fan The New Paper Punters' Way Turf Guide Wan Bao Shin Min
Ranking
2. KOKONI       3rd       2nd      
3. GREAT SEVEN 4th   4th         3rd 1st 3rd  
4. ALPHANOVA 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st 3rd   2nd 2nd 1st
5. AURORA AUSTRALIS 3rd 4th   4th 3rd 3rd 2nd     1st  
9. FAREES 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 2nd 1st 1st 3rd 4th 2nd
10. MAJULAH   3rd 3rd       4th 4th     4th
11. AEOLUS         4th 4th     4th   3rd
   
RACE 2 Overall Matthew Jones Nicholas Child Thomas Wood Raymond Yong Collin Fan The New Paper Punters' Way Turf Guide Wan Bao Shin Min
Ranking
1. JUSTICE LIGHT 1st 3rd 1st 1st 1st 2nd 1st   1st 1st 1st
2. COUNTRY BOSS                 4th    
5. BEIJING STAR 4th   2nd 4th     2nd 3rd 2nd 3rd 3rd
6. EL CONDOR               4th      
9. MAGIC CITY 2nd 1st 3rd 3rd 2nd   3rd 2nd 3rd 4th 4th
10. NOVA CLASSIC           4th          
11. RIVER FORTUNE   4th                  
12. THE ODDS 3rd 2nd 4th 2nd 3rd 3rd       2nd 2nd
13. ONLY WIN         4th 1st 4th 1st      
   
RACE 3 Overall Matthew Jones Nicholas Child Thomas Wood Raymond Yong Collin Fan The New Paper Punters' Way Turf Guide Wan Bao Shin Min
Ranking
1. HADES 2nd 3rd 4th 4th 3rd 1st 1st 1st 3rd 1st 2nd
2. RICH FORTUNE         2nd     2nd   4th  
3. WALKING THUNDER 1st 2nd 3rd 1st 1st 2nd 4th 4th 1st 2nd 1st
5. BARNATO 4th 4th 2nd 3rd   3rd 2nd 3rd 2nd    
6. DRAGON KINGDOM 3rd 1st 1st 2nd   4th 3rd   4th 3rd 3rd
7. STIRLING         4th           4th
   
RACE 4 Overall Matthew Jones Nicholas Child Thomas Wood Raymond Yong Collin Fan The New Paper Punters' Way Turf Guide Wan Bao Shin Min
Ranking
3. LIM'S BATTLE 2nd 1st 1st 1st 4th 1st 1st 1st 2nd   4th
5. PERFECT CHALLENGER 4th 4th 4th 3rd 3rd 4th       2nd 3rd
6. WINNING STAR 1st 2nd 3rd 2nd 1st 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 1st
7. LADY LIBERTY 3rd     4th 2nd 3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd 2nd
8. KASHAN   3rd 2nd       4th 4th 4th 4th  
   
RACE 5 Overall Matthew Jones Nicholas Child Thomas Wood Raymond Yong Collin Fan The New Paper Punters' Way Turf Guide Wan Bao Shin Min
Ranking
1. CONFLIGHT   4th   4th 3rd   3rd   1st    
2. RED DAWN 1st 3rd 1st 1st 2nd 2nd   4th   2nd 4th
3. NIGHT FLIGHT     4th     3rd       3rd 1st
5. ZEDKAAR             4th     4th  
6. DINGHU MOUNTAIN   2nd 3rd   4th       2nd   3rd
7. WINNING MAN 4th       1st 4th   1st      
8. CONILAD 2nd 1st   2nd   1st 2nd     1st  
9. PALTROW 3rd   2nd 3rd     1st 2nd 3rd   2nd
12. POWER LIN               3rd 4th    
   
RACE 6 Overall Matthew Jones Nicholas Child Thomas Wood Raymond Yong Collin Fan The New Paper Punters' Way Turf Guide Wan Bao Shin Min
Ranking
1. OCEAN GENERAL 3rd 1st 2nd 3rd       4th   1st  
3. BARNBURGH LAD   4th 3rd   4th       2nd   3rd
4. MISS WAIMATAITAI 4th 3rd       1st 3rd   3rd    
5. INVINCIBLE MAN         1st         4th 4th
6. A LOT IN HAND 2nd     2nd 3rd 2nd 4th 3rd 4th 3rd 2nd
7. BEST JADE 1st 2nd 1st 1st 2nd 3rd 2nd 1st 1st 2nd 1st
8. SO PERFECT       4th   4th   2nd      
9. COOL CAT     4th       1st        
   
RACE 7 Overall Matthew Jones Nicholas Child Thomas Wood Raymond Yong Collin Fan The New Paper Punters' Way Turf Guide Wan Bao Shin Min
Ranking
1. ROYAL RULER             1st   4th    
2. NAZIR 4th 4th       4th   3rd     2nd
4. ABSOLUTE MIRACLE 1st 3rd 3rd 1st 1st 1st 4th 1st 2nd 1st 4th
5. WHITE HUNTER 3rd 1st 2nd 3rd 3rd   2nd 4th 1st 2nd 3rd
7. SUPER SIX                   3rd  
8. DIVIDED HOUSE       4th 4th            
9. CASING ROYAL     4th     3rd          
10. LIM'S SAMURAI 2nd 2nd 1st 2nd 2nd 2nd 3rd 2nd 3rd 4th 1st
   
RACE 8 Overall Matthew Jones Nicholas Child Thomas Wood Raymond Yong Collin Fan The New Paper Punters' Way Turf Guide Wan Bao Shin Min
Ranking
1. MARINE TREASURE 2nd 2nd 2nd 3rd 2nd 2nd   4th   2nd 3rd
2. ELITE WARRIOR 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 4th 1st
4. NATURAL IMPULSE 3rd 3rd 4th 2nd     2nd 3rd 3rd   4th
5. PREFERRED         3rd 3rd 3rd     3rd  
6. BANDIDO 4th   3rd 4th 4th 4th     2nd 1st  
8. SOON YI                     2nd
9. AMAZEALOT   4th         4th 2nd 4th    
   
RACE 9 Overall Matthew Jones Nicholas Child Thomas Wood Raymond Yong Collin Fan The New Paper Punters' Way Turf Guide Wan Bao Shin Min
Ranking
1. GUILTY PLEASURES 3rd 1st 4th 3rd 2nd 4th 4th 3rd 4th    
4. GROENEWEGEN 1st 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
5. FIRST PRECINCT   4th             3rd 4th  
6. TURQUOISE KING 4th   3rd   3rd   3rd 4th     3rd
7. EN CIVIL       4th           2nd  
9. LIM'S DASHING 2nd 3rd 1st 1st 4th 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 3rd 2nd
13. THE JEUNEYMAN           3rd         4th
   
  Value Bet   Special Bet
Matthew Jones RACE 3 - 6. DRAGON KINGDOM Matthew Jones RACE 8 - 2. ELITE WARRIOR
Nicholas Child RACE 4 - 3. LIM'S BATTLE Nicholas Child RACE 7 - 10. LIM'S SAMURAI
Thomas Wood RACE 3 - 6. DRAGON KINGDOM Thomas Wood RACE 9 - 9. LIM'S DASHING
Raymond Yong RACE 6 - 5. INVINCIBLE MAN Raymond Yong RACE 8 - 2. ELITE WARRIOR
Collin Fan RACE 5 - 8. CONILAD Collin Fan RACE 7 - 4. ABSOLUTE MIRACLE
The New Paper RACE 6 - 9. COOL CAT The New Paper RACE 9 - 4. GROENEWEGEN
Punters' Way NIL  Punters' Way RACE 7 - 4. ABSOLUTE MIRACLE
Turf Guide NIL  Turf Guide RACE 2 - 1. JUSTICE LIGHT
Wan Bao RACE 6 - 1. OCEAN GENERAL Wan Bao RACE 5 - 8. CONILAD
Shin Min RACE 5 - 2. RED DAWN Shin Min RACE 2 - 1. JUSTICE LIGHT
 
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