Friday meeting Preview, selections, comments and odds, courtesy Larry Foley, kranjiracing.com
The narrative around the track of late has been the transfer of some serious horseflesh to the stables of Lee Freedman, including 2017 Singapore Horse of the Year, INFANTRY.
But while the now 6YO has yet to head to the races for his new boss, Freedman has enjoyed immediate success with other recent arrivals including TESORO PRIVADO and ENCHANTED MISTER.
TESORO PRIVADO lines up in the Kranji Stakes C on Friday night (race 6) and while he looks a serious hope to make it two wins from two starts for the Aussie handler, it is perhaps his previous trainer - Ricardo Le Grange - that could spoil the party.
Le Grange will saddle KING LOUIS who finished second in the Singapore Guineas at his last start, coincidentally the same race he last put the polish on TESORO PRIVADO (a luckless fourth) where remarkably, the first six over the line were either trained by Freedman or Le Grange.
So the scribes will be licking their lips at what looks a grudge match on paper between the two trainers with both horses likely to start with heavy support.
The reality suggests two gentlemen will be doing their best to ensure their respective charges are presented in top order on the day and may the best man - and horse - win.
Best Bets: (TESORO PRIVADO race 6, win), (DREAMWEAVER race 3, value) and (RIVER GOLDEN race 5, value).
Bankers for Jackpots: Race 5 (1, 2, 4, 7, 9 and 10), race 6 (1 and 5), race 7 (1, 2, 3 and 5), race 8 (1, 2, 3, 5 and 6).
Race cards and Larry Foley's synopsis follows and for updates on all runners go to www.kranjiracing.com
Please note the odds listed are "reference odds" only.
Selections; 3 PRINCE FERDINAND - 1 DRAGON GOLD - 5 SUN EMPIRE - 4 RAFALE
A tough one early for punters with three of the fancies drawn the car park, while a few Class droppers who look out of form likley to grow a proverbial leg back in Class 5. Of these who have drawn wide, two in particular can go forward and it may be a case of either DRAGON GOLD (drawn 11) or SUN EMPIRE (jumps from 12) who gets the favours out front. And while DRAGON GOLD just missed last start in a similar affair and SUN EMPIRE capitulated after leading at his most recent run, the latter's efforts in better company prior to that suggests there is nothing between the two. RAFALE is also an improver dropping to Class 5 but he has also drawn badly so will need luck in running with best work expected late. Hopefully with a cracking early pace expected, Vlad Duric gets the favours from gate 1 on PRINCE FERDINAND who can win back in this Company. Betting Strategy - SUN EMPIRE each-way.
1 DRAGON GOLD *** Just missed last start dropping to Class 5 and hard to hold out back on the Poly. 2.00
2 IMPRESARIO * Maiden who struggles as a rule. 50
3 PRINCE FERDINAND *** Form reads badly but will grow a leg back in Class 5 with gate 1 and Duric a factor. 5.00
4 RAFALE *** Another Class dropper who has shown enough recently to think he makes his presence felt late here. 20
5 SUN EMPIRE *** Went too quick early last start and nothing left in tank but suited in Class 5 and bold run expected. 7.00
6 GREATBALLS OF FIRE ** Disappointing last start but blinkers off and was due prior so keep safe. 12
7 AURORA AUSTRALIS ** Only battled last start similar affair but gets blinkers added so watch for market support with Rodd up. 20
8 DARCI'S BOY * Back in trip after winning a weak one last start and gate suggests we ignore today. 20
9 MASTER BANGER ** Resuming and has good enough first-up form to keep safe in exotics. 12
10 CAVATINA ** Usually thereabouts and can consider from gate 3 with experienced hoop up. 12
11 SIMPANG * Resuming and easier to ignore. 50
12 LAM EDITION * 9YO mare with one win in 50 starts. Unlikely. 100
13 AEOLUS ** Form better than it reads and another that can be included in exotics. 33
14 LET'S TALK NOW * Nothing over the mile last start but not a mile away this trip two back so could improve. 33
Selections; 1 CENTENARY DIAMOND - 7 NADEEM SAPPHIRE - 6 KING ZOUSTAR - 9 REVOLUTION
The wise men will be waiting to see what the tote tells us closer to start time in this Restricted Maiden given a few newcomers look handy enough to consider and some of the raced brigade will have a say if ridden forward on the E Course. And yes, the bias of the track will play a part and it may be a case of whoever is leading with a couple of furlongs to go is the one to beat. CENTENARY DIAMOND - a raced maiden from Dubai - certainly trials well enough locally to think he can play a forward role in this race after drawing gate 2 with M Rodd a factor. Of the other newcomers, REVOLUTION and QUADCOPTER have also trialled well enough to consider but gates 14 and 13 respectively could test. Of those we have seen, NADEEM SAPPHIRE will find this easier than the Golden Horseshoe and has shown he can go forward so must be considered while KING ZOUSTAR with blinkers added and SILVER JOY must also be considered. Betting Strategy - Market watch the order of the day - NADEEM SAPPHIRE each-way.
1 CENTENARY DIAMOND *** US-bred raced maiden who has trialled well enough locally to have a big say from gate 2 with Rodd to ride. 4.00
2 BLUE HAWAII * Faded late at debut and have to take on trust from wide gate. 33
3 ANDRE * Would need market support on quiet but OK local trials. 20
4 AXEL ** A long way off the good winner when placing last start but that was better, gets blinkers and could run a very forward race. 12
5 GOLD KINGDOM ** Solid at the trials and expect mush the same on debut from gate 1 with Vorster up. 12
6 KING ZOUSTAR *** Freshened after having excuses for poor debut. Gets blinkers added and can seriously consider on the back of good recent trial. 12
7 NADEEM SAPPHIRE *** Drawn wide but has speed and will find this easier than the Golden Horseshoe so must be considered. 6.00
8 QUADCOPTER *** Not the ideal gate for debut run but trial suggests he could play a part if ridden positively. 12
9 REVOLUTION *** Another fancy drawn wide but trials have been good enough to win on debut. 4.00
10 SILVER JOY *** Went forward last start and ran on OK so can be considered on the E Course with winkers added. 12
11 TOP KNIGHT ** Looked good on the wire at recent trial but will need to race handy to have a say on the E Course. 12
12 LIM'S FAIRLY * Quiet trials and would need market support to consider. 20
13 SHANGANI * Gets winkers added but needs to show more before considering. 50
14 LEGENDARY ERA ** Never involved in the Golden Horseshoe from wide alley and could very well improve at long odds from gate 5. 50
Selections; 3 DREAMWEAVER - 1 ELITE BEAST - 2 HYDE PARK - 5 MR MOSA
This race shapes as a proverbial "charge of the light brigade" given the E Course will suit on-pace runners and six of the fancies will all be going forward early. There are three last start winners in the field too and while MINGS MAN is tested at this level and NOVA CLASSIC will find gate 11 a tough ask, FORESTO broke his maiden in fine style last start and will be thereabouts throughout. But oddly, two horses with zeros in the formbook from their respective last starts appeal. DREAMWEAVER can lead, has drawn gate 1 and must be a huge show on the back of a very slick trial while ELITE BEAST has more than one zero to his name of late but he drops significantly in grade and would give this a shake on his day is he goes forward. Of the rest that can win, HYDE PARK and MR MOSA both be prominent throughout and have to be seriously considered. Betting Strategy - DREAMWEAVER win, saver on ELITE BEAST.
1 ELITE BEAST *** Form reads terribly but likes to go forward and can give a sight dropping to Class 4. 8.00
2 HYDE PARK *** Found form, can lead and in this a very long way on a course that suits. 3.00
3 DREAMWEAVER *** Form looks patchy but drawn to advantage and recent trial suggests he could show them a clean pair of heels. 6.00
4 FORESTO *** Broke through for well deserved (good) win last start and will be prominent throughout in this. Follow. 4.00
5 MR MOSA *** Another pace influence drawn well and has to be considered on the e Course. 6.00
6 NOVA CLASSIC ** Won on the E Course last start in slightly easier company but gate may test in this field. 10
7 VIOLA DA TERRA * Will improve with racing but may need longer and a course that suits back-markers. 33
8 STORM TROOPER * Gets blinkers but another not suited by the E Course with best work expected late. 20
9 GOODFELLAS * OK very late last start but not suited here. 50
10 MINGS MAN * Another last start winner on this Course but tested in this Company. 33
11 CHIEF CLERK * Was only battling away in Australia before arriving and have to take on trust on local trial form. 50
Selections; 6 ZULU WARRIOR - 1 INTROIT - 7 LARSON - 4 WALTERS BAY
While LARSON could lead and play a big part if he gets a soft run out front, this does looks a race in two between INTROIT and ZULU WARRIOR. And it may be a toss up between the two (with a longer look on the day) as both will go forward and be in the winning mix. ZULU WARRIOR in particular kicked clear over 1400m last start (where LARSON led) and given a handy type in Turf Princess beat him on that occasion, he get his chance with D Moor to ride. INTROIT will also race handy and showed more than enough last start with blinkers added at his first start for Lee Freedman to think he is right on ZULU WARRIORS tail throughout and must go close. As mentioned LARSON could give a sight at odds and while there are some handy enough types likely to be doing best work late, it may be WALTERS BAY with full blinkers from gate 1 that runs a prominent race at value. Betting Strategy - INTROIT, ZULU WARRIOR swinger, forecast.
1 INTROIT *** Showed more than enough first up with blinkers added for new trainer to win this. 3.00
2 HOUSEBOAT HARRY * Appreciates first up run and extra 200m but usually gets back in running so not suited here. 12
3 DONTLOOKDOWNONME ** Last start good enough to consider but will need to go forward to have a say. 8.00
4 WALTERS BAY ** Has been super disappointing given the heavy support he gets on occasion but gets gate 1 and full blinkers so keep safe. 12
5 I AM THE BOSS ** Battled away at odds last start over 1400m and expect much the same thing. 12
6 ZULU WARRIOR *** Beaten by a handy type last start with gap to third and could be hard to catch here. 3.00
7 LARSON ** Led them up in same race as Zulu Warrior last start and cheeky run expected again. 12
8 SUN ELIZABETH ** Handy enough type who wins soon but probably gets back from the wide gate and that makes this tough. 12
9 BLITZ POWER ** Another that has shown enough to think he wins a race sooner than later but not suited by the E Course. 20
10 EMIRATES WARRIOR * Hard to have on Singapore debut form. 100
11 POET'S RYKER * Wide gate will test. 50
12 RELIC WARRIOR * Gets tongue-tie but impossible on form. 100
13 E SUPREME * Blinkers off but no. 200
14 RAIDEN HERO * No. 200
Selections; 7 EYE GUY - 1 ANONYMOUS - 4 RIVER GOLDEN - 9 SPLINTER
A cracking Class 3 Poly sprint with some experienced horses up against a couple of very progressive types suggesting the tote will again be a good guide. The up-and-comers will probably garner most of the punters attention given EYE GUY and PETITE VOIX are both gunning for hat tricks of wins. Of the two, EYE GUY backed up his impressive maiden win with another strong performance in what looked good Class 4 company and he can go on with the job. PETITE VOIX took a while to break her maiden status but the fact she backed up that comfortable win with an equally commanding performance suggests she gives a sight. Of the regular Class 3 performers, ANONYMOUS could be the one to beat given he gets blinkers back and will enjoy the Poly while SPLINTER and QUEEN ROULETTE are in the each-way mix. Given the scorching early pace expected, RIVER GOLDEN will work home strongly so keep safe. Betting Strategy - RIVER GOLDEN each-way.
1 ANONYMOUS *** In form and could be hard to beat with headgear added back on the Poly. 3.00
2 QUEEN ROULETTE *** Yet to win on the Poly but handles the surface and in good enough form to follow each-way. 12
3 ANDADO ** Pulled up lame at Singapore debut but happy to follow on trial form prior with tongue-tie added. 33
4 RIVER GOLDEN *** Won two starts back in this Class and recent trial was sound. Will be running on strongly. 8.00
5 MARK ECLIPSE * Having first run on the Poly and have to take on trust on recent form. 50
6 FRIENDSHIP ** Appreciates solid first up run and has trialled well since. Keep safe. 12
7 EYE GUY *** Very progressive type of who won well in a good Class 4 field last start and has trialled very well since. Big show. 3.00
8 FORTUNE SIX * Not the worst when resuming but query this surface. 33
9 SPLINTER *** Not the type to win out of turn but always an each-way show on the Poly with blinkers added and tongue-tie off for this. 12
10 PETITE VOIX *** Backed up overdue maiden win with equally impressive Class 4 win and pay to follow with forward run expected. 6.00
11 LIM'S SINCERE ** Better suited over shorter but excuses last start, has speed, drawn well and could give a sight at odds. 33
12 MOST FAVORITE ** Progressive enough but wide gate makes this tough. 33
Selections; 1 TESORO PRIVADO - 5 KING LOUIS - 4 SOLARIS SPECTRUM - 11 MR DUJARDIN
What a race and what a sub-plot with the exciting TESORO PRIVADO - formerly with Ricky Le Grange - up against the Guineas runner-up, KING LOUIS, who will be saddled by Le Grange. And while horses move stables regularly, it's tough to lose a good one (or three) so Le Grange will be hoping to get the chocolates in this race, which may well be a two-horse battle. Who wins? TESORO PRIVADO won very well last start and will race on the pace and a 4kg claim looks a smart move. In saying that, KING LOIUS - fresh after a huge run in the Guineas - gets blinkers and Barend Vorster will have the now 4YO right in the firing line come the straight. It's never a two horse race at this level and there will be value about on the others so keep the likes of SOLARIS SPECTRUM and SUPERNOVA (to name just two) safe at odds. Betting Strategy - TESORO PRIVADO, KING LOUIS forecast, SOLARIS SPECTRUM small look at odds.
1 TESORO PRIVADO *** Won as the odds-on elect last start for new stable and hard to run down here with 4kg claim. 2.00
2 EXCELLENCY * Better than what he showed last start but not suited by the E Course. 33
3 MAGIC CITY ** Ran on super under hard riding to win over 1400m last start but would need to be handier on this track. 10
4 SOLARIS SPECTRUM *** Excuses last start and could run a very cheeky race from gate 1 with 4kg claim. Value. 330
5 KING LOUIS *** Freshened after big run in the Guineas and gets blinkers back on so forward run expected. 2.50
6 KEEP SPINNING * Swooper better suited on a course that suits. 33
7 SUPERNOVA ** Veteran who has found form, can race on the pace and worth thought in exotics at value. 20
8 SANDTOP * Not suited on the E Course and may need longer. 33
9 MAGNIFICENT GOLD ** Will find this easier than ambitious Derby tilt and can race handy enough to be considered in exotics. 20
10 HIGHER SOUL * Ran on well to win in Class 4 over this trip last start but not suited on the E Course at this level. 33
11 MR DUJARDIN ** May need longer and a race to suit swoopers but has ability and could play a part from gate 4. 20
12 NEW SENSATION * Blinkers off after leading and fading badly last start and may be looking for easier. 33
Selections; 3 CAPTAIN JAMIE - 1 RED DAWN - 2 ANCIENT WARRIOR - 5 MADE IN CHINA
A tough race for form analysts given one of the fancies - CAPTAIN JAMIE - is on a five day let-up after leading over 1400m on the turf last Sunday and another - ANCIENT WARRIOR - pulled up lame last start but wins a race like this when right. The 6YO also returned with debris in his trachea on that occasion and was due prior so he has to be considered while CAPTAIN JAMIE has speed, handles the Poly and might be better than a few of these. Not many other jump off the page to win although RED DAWN ran on well on the turf last start and is better suited back on the Poly while MADE IN CHINA won well enough first up in Class 4 to think he is worth following this campaign. Go as wide as possible in exotics including STAR GENIUS at likely long odds. Betting Strategy - RED DAWN each-way.
1 RED DAWN *** Ran on well last start on the turf over 1400m and better suited here so can win. 4.00
2 ANCIENT WARRIOR *** Excuses last start when supported (lame and debris in trachea) and will work into this late so keep safe. 4.00
3 CAPTAIN JAMIE *** Backing up after making the running over 1400m last Sunday but handles the Poly and could show up. 4.00
4 CHARGER ** Gate a concern in but in solid each-way form and can include in exotics. 12
5 MADE IN CHINA *** Won well when resuming and handles the Poly so another to consider with forward run expected. 5.00
6 MONTAIGNE * Drawn wide and only battled last start but can be competitive back on the Poly. 33
7 MR WHITAKER ** Won well last start and has no weight to carry but this is tougher so exotics look best. 20
8 YAYA PAPAYA ** Back in trip and up in Class but progressive and always some show on the poly. 20
9 STAR GENIUS ** Just fair last start but was running on at odds last start and pay to follow at odds. 20
10 TERMS OF REFERENCE ** Love to see in Class 4 but honest and another to include in exotics at value. 20
11 BLACK MAMBA * Resuming after long break and prefer to watch on exposed trial form. 100
12 DYNAMIC GENERAL ** Never really involved last start but get gate 1 and worth thought on Singapore debut effort at start prior. 33
Selections; 1 KEY SUCCESS - 3 MOLINEUX - 5 SMOOTH OPERATOR - 2 LUCKY HADA
An open race to finish the card and made tough for punters with three handy maidens - LUCKY HADA, MOLINEUX and BEBOP - in this Class 4 (non premier) field. Of that trio, MOLINEUX ran on well on the E Course last start and if Duric can make use of gate 3, he can win while LUCKY HADA had excuses on debut and ran on well enough to follow if he can get off to a better start. BEBOP has drawn wide but can also go forward and must be considered. Of those who have won a race, KEY SUCCESS had been disappointing of late but showed enough with blinkers added last start to win this while SMOOTH OPERATOR broke his maiden last start and has subsequently trialled well so he must be considered. Betting Strategy - KEY SUCCESS win.
1 KEY SUCCESS *** In the mix when blinkers added last start and pay to follow with forward run expected. 3.50
2 LUCKY HADA *** Start costly at Singapore debut in maiden company and work late suggests he would go close if he can race handy from gate 4. 8.00
3 MOLINEUX *** Another who ran on very well on the E Course in Maiden Company last start and can seriously consider from gate 3 with Duric up. 5.00
4 REALLY CAPABLE * Last start better than the result but needs to race handier to be a show. 33
5 SMOOTH OPERATOR *** Drawn wide but backed up maiden win this trip with good trial and forward run expected. 5.00
6 BEBOP *** Another maiden who looks due and goes close if ridden positively from wide gate. 6.00
7 DRAGONITE ** Only battled this company after maiden win but worth another look from gate 2. 20
8 MILLION ROUND * Reassess in Class 5. 50
9 OLIVER ** Never involved last start but worked home late and can race more handy so keep safe. 20
10 LIM'S HUNTER ** In solid form and could give a sight from gate 1. 8.00
11 RICH FORTUNE * OK on his day but gets back and not suited on the E Course. 33
12 SOUTHERN GLORY * Struggling. 100