Sunday meeting preview, selections, comments and odds.
The new season has seen some changes at the Singapore Turf Club and with the rating hike for all raced horses, Class 3 events have become the races to watch to see if up-and-coming horses can go through the grades.
Case in point is former Australian SUN DREAM who won well in Class 4 at his Singapore debut before finding trouble at his next two starts.
The 4YO finds himself in what looks a winnable Class 3 field (race 6) and with CC Wong to steer from gate 4, he should get every chance and be hard to hold out stepping up to 1400m.
Likewise, connections of SHOQEET will be hoping he is better than Class 3.
His trainer, J Saimee, has earmarked him for a crack at the Singapore Four-Year-Old series and, after winning over 2000m in KSC Company last start, he is certainly a horse to follow to the Derby.
However, the 4YO had to pull out all stops to beat GOLAZO on that occasion and the 5YO Japanese-bred gelding gets a 2kg pull in the weights to make this race (7) a must see with a busy finish likely.
Best Bets: (SUN DREAM race 6, win), (ELITE BEAST race 9, each-way) and (FEROCIOUS race 10, value).
Bankers for Jackpots: Race 7 (2 and 7), race 8 (1, 2, 3, 6, 7 and 10), race 9 (1, 4, 5, 10 and 11) and race 10 (2, 3, 4, 6, 9 and 13).
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; 1 SUPER BIG - 10 KAISER BRIGHT - 4 SILVER POWER - 6 LET'S TALK NOW
A very ordinary group make up this Class 5 over 1100m. SUPER BIG has only won one race (turf) but has placed at three of his past four outings (one on the Poly); he should be prominent for a long way from the good gate an gets his chance in this weak field. Nothing jumps off the page to beat him but KAISER BRIGHT regularly places and should be prominent for a long way while the likes of HIGHLIGHT, LET'S TALK NOW are suited by this company and should be closing late. CASSIS OOLONG and PETITE VICTOIRE both have some speed and can be prominent for a long way. For the exotics the 12YO COOL CAT and HEE'S EGO are usually thereabouts. Betting strategy - play with care, SUPER BIG.
1 SUPER BIG *** Has only won one race but has placed at 3 of past 4 outings. Should be prominent for a long way from the good gate. 4.00
2 COOL CAT ** 12YO who hasn't won for a long time but is rarely far away. Will battle away from the good gate. 10
3 GOLDEN COIN * Has battled away at recent outings. Yet to place in nine outings but could show up with Vlad Duric to ride. 20
4 SILVER POWER ** Disappointing with support when resuming but should improve for the run. 20
5 HIGHLIGHT ** Better at 1200m but class suits and should be running on. 8.00
6 LET'S TALK NOW ** Suited this company and should be closing late. 8.00
7 ALWAYS THERE * Showed some improvement at recent trial but is yet to place in 10 outings. 33
8 HEE'S EGO ** Battles away and suited this grade. Could be running on. 10
9 JOHN DUKE * Hasn't won for a long time and needs to improve on recent efforts. 50
10 KAISER BRIGHT *** Has only won once on poly but regularly places and should be prominent for a long way. 5.00
11 CASSIS OOLONG ** Has some speed and can be prominent for a long way in this weak field. 8.00
12 PETITE VICTOIRE ** Hasn't won foe a long time but suited this class and with no weight could be hard to run down. 8.00
Selections; 10 KEEP WINNING - 11 FORESTO - 4 BATTLE PLAN - 8 ACE HARBOUR
Another ordinary race where most of these have been trying for a while and weights may play a part. KEEP WINNING has placed at his past two outings - his last effort very good - and is suited by this distance; he will be hard to hold out with no weight. FORESTO has battled on solidly over this trip at his past two starts and his recent trial was good enough to think he is ready to show his best with 53kg. Of the rest, BATTLE PLAN put in two good efforts before the Xmas break and his recent trial was sound, ACE HARBOUR has not been far away at recent outings and is suited by this trip while DARC BELT trialled well and could show up fresh. MR DUJARDIN is having his first start but is well-related and bred to stay; watch the market. Betting Strategy - KEEP WINNING, win.
1 DARC BELT ** Disappointed last start but recent trial was strong. Should be in the finish with Vlad Duric to ride. 10
2 CAPE LINCOLN * Showed some improvement at recent trial but needs to improve on three efforts to date. 25
3 THREE LIONS * Only placings have been on poly and has been distanced at recent starts. 33
4 BATTLE PLAN *** Put in two good efforts before Xmas break and recent trial was sound. Should be hard to hold out over 1600m. 4.00
5 EASTERN VICTORY ** Has been trying for a while but not far away at recent outings and should be running on. 16
6 GIN GO GIN * Yet to place in 11 outings. 33
7 SILENT CONNECTION * Has one placing in 25 outings and recent form poor. 50
8 ACE HARBOUR *** Not far away at recent outings and suited this trip. Should be handy throughout. 5.00
9 BOHEMIAN * Has been trying for a while but will battle away. 25
10 KEEP WINNING *** Has placed at past two outings and is suited this distance. Will be hard to hold out 5.00
11 FORESTO *** Has battled on solidly over this trip at past two starts and recent trial was sound. Should get a good run throughout. 5.00
12 GOOD WARRIOR * Needs to improve on efforts to date. 33
13 MR DUJARDIN ** By High Chapparal and bred to stay. Half-brother to good galloper Affirmation and three other winners. Trials have been moderate. 10
Selections; 2 RICH FORTUNE - 5 TYPHON - 9 SUPERMART - 6 GREATBALLS OF FIRE
This is much more like a Class 5 field where most find it hard to win. RICH FORTUNE hasn't won for a while but suited here and should be running on with Michael Rodd a factor. TYPHON is maiden but showed more than enough last start to think he can race handy again and be hard to run down. SUPERMART was held up before running on strongly last start for K Nuh and with no weight could be hard to hold off. GREATBALLS OF FIRE placed three starts back over this trip and could improve on most recent efforts. Nearly all the others are far more comfortable in class 5 although PHIDIAS, SWIFT, HEE'S FORTE, LUCKY BOY and LUCKY GIANT are worth considering for exotics. Betting strategy - TYPHON each-way.
1 LUCKY GIANT * Hasn't won for a long time and needs to improve on recent efforts. 14
2 RICH FORTUNE *** Resumed soundly and gets Michael Rodd. Hasn't won for a while but suited here and should be running on. 4.00
3 PHIDIAS ** Has struggled since class 5 win five starts back. Could improve in this field. 8.00
4 SWIFT ** Battled away last start. Better over longer but could run on. 8.00
5 TYPHON *** Still a Maiden but most recent Class 4 effort was good and has enough speed to be prominent throughout. 20
6 GREATBALLS OF FIRE ** Pulled up lame last start but placed three starts back over this trip and could improve with best work expected late. 6.00
7 RIVER GOLDEN ** Only win was on poly but thereabouts of late so keep safe. 33
8 GOLDEN THUNDER * Only battled last start and drops in trip so prefer others. 25
9 SUPERMART *** Was held up before running on strongly last start. Doesn't win often but suited in this field and with no weight could be hard to hold off. 4.00
10 BARNBURGH LAD * Struggled last start and only wins have been on poly. 33
11 HEE'S FORTE * Placed but well beaten last start. Gets some gear changes and could run on in this field. 14
12 LUCKY BOY * Returned a roarer last start following class 5 win. Could be prominent. 16
13 EVIL SPEEDO * Maiden who can find easier. 33
Selections; 11 LIM'S FORCE - 4 TRIGAMY - 6 CERDAN - 1 NOVA CLASSIC
Another moderate Maiden where most have been trying for a while which could give a newcomer in LIM'S FORCE a chance on debut. The 4YO mare is well-related and looked solid at her local trial and obviously a market watch is in order. Of those we know, TRIGAMY had support and disappointed last start but has trialled well since while BELT AND ROAD is suited in this company and should be handy throughout. NOVA CLASSIC only battled last start but did it tough while CERDAN has been trying for a long time and often disappoints but should be prominent from the good gate. SWIFT EMBRACE disappointed on turf last start but pacifiers go back on and with Michael Rodd to ride could improve. Betting Strategy - watch for support on LIM'S FORCE. Saver on Cerdan.
1 NOVA CLASSIC *** Only battled last start when slowly away and caught wide. Poorly drawn again but could benefit from a positive ride. 4.00
2 BELT AND ROAD *** Disappointing in weak field last start but can race handy and play a part. 8.00
3 SWIFT EMBRACE ** Disappointed on turf last start but that was Novice Company so can improve with Michael Rodd to ride. 8.00
4 TRIGAMY *** Had support and disappointed last start but has trialled well since. Could improve. 6.00
5 SILVER WIN FORTUNE * Resuming. Yet to place in three outings. Trials have been moderate. 33
6 CERDAN *** Has been trying for a long time and often disappoints but should be prominent from the good gate. 6.00
7 SATELLITE CLASSIC * Will find this easier than Class 4 and gets Vlad Duric but improvement needed. 20
8 SPEEDY NANCHO * Well-beaten at all five outings. 50
9 DONTLOOKDOWNONME ** Jockey reported issues last start (no finding) and worth thought with blinkers/pacifiers removed. 33
10 SATELLITE TURBO * By Frozen Power. Trial was moderate. Watch market. 25
11 LIM'S FORCE *** By Foxwedge. Half-sister to good horses Calming Influence, Flaming Rock, Patience and Girl in A Million. Trialled soundly. Watch market. 4.00
12 MAKE U FAMOUS * Well back at most recent outing but has some speed and could be prominent. 20
Selections; 5 MILLION ROUND - 3 PRINCE FERDINAND - 4 MASTER BANGER - 9 MARGAUX
Another Class 5 of low quality where most have little form to recommend. MILLION ROUND has run on at his past two outings and a subsequent trial was sound. The 6YO can be hard to catch but should be running on. PRINCE FERDINAND was not far away when resuming and did it extremely tough on that occasion. He gets blinkers and can be considered from the better gate. MASTER BANGER trialled soundly and efforts before the Xmas break were sound; he is awkwardly drawn but should be prominent. MARGAUX showed improvement last start before the Xmas break and could be prominent. Nothing else appeals. Betting strategy - caution advised, MILLION ROUND win.
1 ULTIMATE KILLER * Has been distanced at recent outings. 50
2 HIPPO VENTURA * Improved effort last start but yet to place in 13 outings. 33
3 PRINCE FERDINAND *** Did it very tough and not far away when resuming. Gets blinkers and could be running on. 5.00
4 MASTER BANGER *** Trialled soundly and efforts before Xmas break were sound. Awkwardly drawn but should be prominent. 4.00
5 MILLION ROUND *** Can be hard to catch but in form and should be running on. 3.00
6 HEPHAESTUS * 11 start Maiden who needs to improve on recent efforts. 33
7 AMISTAD * Has struggled at recent outings but winkers come off and could run on. 20
8 BONJOUR BOB * Only wins have been on poly but could be prominent. 14
9 MARGAUX *** Showed improvement last start before Xmas break and could be prominent. 4.00
10 TOOBIGTOFAIL * Trialled solidly and gets blinkers but only wins have been on poly over longer. 33
11 GOLDEN JADE * Only wins have been on poly and recent form is poor. 33
Selections; 5 SUN DREAM - 2 SIAMESE CAT - 6 REALLY CAPABLE - 1 ELITE INVINCIBLE
A competitive Class 3 with couple in good recent form. SUN DREAM has found plenty of trouble at both outings since resuming yet has finished close up; from the good gate with CC Wong up he should be handy throughout and can break through. REALLY CAPABLE is another in good form. The 5YO broke through in class 4 last start, has trialled well since and from gate three he should get a good run throughout. They look the top two but there are other chances. SIAMESE CAT struggled over this trip last start in a BM83 but will find this easier and his trial was strong; with a positive ride he can be in the finish. The question marks are THE CAPITAL who has only battled at recent starts but has changed stables and ELITE INVINCIBLE who disappointed last start after a strong class 4 debut. Betting strategy - SUN DREAM to break through.
1 ELITE INVINCIBLE ** Disappointed last start after strong class 4 debut. Best form is on all-weather but can improve from good gate with Vlad Duric back on. 6.00
2 SIAMESE CAT *** Struggled over this trip last start in BM83 but will find this easier and trial was strong. Needs a positive ride. 5.00
3 B'NEVAGIVUP ** Never in the hunt last start and happy to follow with forward run expected from gate 1. 33
4 THE CAPITAL ** Only battled at recent starts and has changed stables. Had a quiet trial and can improve fresh. 6.00
5 SUN DREAM *** Has found plenty of trouble at both outings since resuming yet has finished close up. From the good gate should be handy throughout and can break through. 3.00
6 REALLY CAPABLE *** In good form. Broke through in class 4 last start and has trialled well since. Should get a good run throughout. 4.00
7 FUEGO ** Blinkers off and will enjoy getting back on turf but best form is over longer. 25
8 BEAR WITNESS * Has been battling in this grade. Will benefit from a positive ride but might need class 4. 16
9 MR EXCHEQUER * Respiratory issues last start but would have benefited from recent trials. May need easier. 20
Selections; 7 GOLAZO - 2 SHOQEET - 1 EXCELLENCY - 4 HIDDEN PROMISE
Arguably the best race on the card and after a ding-dong battle over 2000m back in December, all eyes will be on SHOQEET and GOLAZO dropping back to 1800m. The pair basically made their run in that race together and not much operated them on the wire suggesting the 2kg pull in the weights for a head margin puts GOLAZO's nose in front on paper in this race. It's my no means a two horse race though with two other last start winners in HIDDEN PROMISE and PUSAKA likely to have admirers on what they showed winning over the mile and may even provide value given the opposition they face. One to watch at value is EXCELLENCY who is resuming with blinkers and a tongue-tie and he may be the improver off the back of an OK trial in suitable company. Betting Strategy - GOLAZO/SHOQEET forecast.
1 EXCELLENCY *** Resuming after disappointing since arriving but gets blinkers and tongue-tie and recent trial OK so keep very safe in this Company. 12
2 SHOQEET *** Ran on very well from wide gate to win over 2000m last start and can go on with the job with gate 3 a bonus. 3.00
3 LUCKY JUSTICE * Just battling on late and better on the Poly. 33
4 HIDDEN PROMISE *** Yet to win beyond the mile in Singapore but won going away last start and has to be some hope. 6.00
5 PUSAKA *** Tested this Company but ran on well to win last start in Class 4 and will make his presence felt late again. 5.00
6 SQUIRE OSBALDESTON ** Always looks some hope but needs to find a length this preparation to be a winning threat. 20
7 GOLAZO *** Excuses for poor run in the El Dorado (irregular heart rhythm) and just missed last start behind Shoqeet. Can win this. 3.50
8 LIM'S REGARD ** Continues to show enough to think he wins one of these at odds sooner than later and will keep a couple honest late. 10
9 O'REILLY'S DANCER * No. 100
10 PIONEER STEP * Has been tested this Company and prefer on something easier. 33
Selections; 1 KINGS RYKER - 3 ZAC ACE - 2 RICH BEAUTY - 6 MILLENNIUM'S RULE
Stephen Gray plays a big part in this Class 4 with three runners - RICH BEAUTY, MILLENNIUM'S RULE and SIR REGINALD - who all look to have winning hopes. Of the three, MILLENNIUM'S RULE probably has the most solid form in this Company but has drawn wide while SIR REGINALD gets in with just 51.5kg and jumps from gate 1. RICH BEAUTY is the improver after two sighters in Singapore and may be value with V Duric to ride. The race does look wide open though and KINGS RYKER will have admirers in this Company and he was first over the line two starts back but lost on protest to Lim's Ripple. He has drawn wide in gate 10 but so has ZAC ACE who is also some hope on this last start effort. HEAVENLY HAND looks the only other winning hope with no weight on the back of solid Class 5 form. Betting Strategy - Market watch on RICH BEAUTY.
1 KINGS RYKER *** Never involved last start but this Company more his liking and pay to respect. 4.00
2 RICH BEAUTY *** Form better than it reads and will improve again stepping up in trip. Value. 8.00
3 ZAC ACE *** Placed on a wet Poly track last start and has turf form so pay to keep safe. 6.00
4 MUSCLE BEACH * Didn't back up good run and easier to ignore. 33
5 HAPPY SAGA * Struggled at his last couple and have to take on trust. 33
6 MILLENNIUM'S RULE *** Draw a concern but going along OK and recent trial good so keep safe. 12
7 SIR REGINALD *** In very solid form and not without a winning hope with no weight. 5.00
8 DREAM BIG ** Nothing last start in maiden Company but previous four in Class 5 solid and has trialled well since. 12
9 PEER GYNT * Resuming and needs to improve on form from last campaign. 33
10 HEAVENLY HAND *** Ran on well late last start and another serious lightweight hope. 5.00
11 MUSCULAR SPRINTER ** Shows glimpses and not a mile away last start so could surprise with tongue-tie added. 20
12 SATELLITE PRINCE ** Backing up after battling away against the bias last start and could add value to exotics. 20
Selections; 5 ELITE BEAST - 11 LIM'S RIPPLE - 4 WIJAYA - 10 WHOSE ELSE'S
A tough race to line up the form with a couple down in the weights in LIM'S RIPPLE and WHOSE ELSE'S looking progressive enough to win while WIJAYA has the recent winning form on the board and looks the obvious pick. However, ELITE BEAST very much appreciates his first up run and his subsequent good trial suggests he is ready to bounce back. DARCI CHARMER at the top of the weights also comes off a good trial and he could also be an improver with value likely. But WIJAYA won last start and the step up to 1400m looks ideal and LIM'S RIPPLE - who also won last start in KSD Company - can step up and win again with no weight. WHOSE ELSE'S also appreciates the light weight and has always shown enough to be a threat in races like this. Betting strategy - ELITE BEAST win.
1 DARCI CHARMER *** Disappointing of late but recent good trial suggests he could show his best so keep safe with winkers on. 12
2 BRAHMA CIRCUS ** In solid form without being a winning threat of late but in this a long way. 8.00
3 CLASSIFIED ** Did look due but just fait at his last couple so take on trust. 8.00
4 WIJAYA *** Found form and this Class 3 field is not strong so can win again. 4.00
5 ELITE BEAST *** Never involved when resuming but form prior and recent trial good enough to win a race like this. 5.00
6 MOMENT OF JUSTICE ** Resuming and solid as a rule but should need easier to win. 20
7 FORTUNE SIX * Impossible on exposed form but gets tongue-tie and recent trial suggests he could improve. 50
8 GOLDEN KINGDOM ** Lack of winning form a concern but form better than it reads and pay to keep safe. 33
9 SMART RACER * Former Australian who has been solid at the trials but may need longer to show his best. 33
10 WHOSE ELSE'S *** Will appreciate the turf and 1400m and worth a serious look down in the weights. 8.00
11 LIM'S RIPPLE *** Back in trip but progressive and wins a race like this without surprising. 4.00
Selections; 3 IMPERIAL FALLS - 6 FEROCIOUS - 4 LORD ASCOT - 9 STUNNING CAT
A tough race to finish the night and while a look at the tote for any stable support would be advised, it may be a horse like IMPERIAL FALLS that could appeal each-way. The 4YO has shown glimpses at two Singapore starts to suggest he wins in Class 4 sooner than later and the addition of blinkers in a race with no standout could see a result. There is some odd form in this race with a FEROCIOUS coming off a shocker but he did everything wrong on that occasion and his form as a 2YO would see him more than competitive here. LORD ASCOT put in a solid Singapore debut and will improve while the Baertschiger pair of FAREES and STUNNING CAT also appeal with the latter making is Singapore debut on the back of some good trials. SILENT ARROW down in weights should run well and go as wide as possible in exotics. Betting Strategy - FEROCIOUS value.
1 COLORADO PRINCE * Improves for debut run and gets Duric but wide gate makes this tough again. 33
2 FAREES *** Very much appreciates first up run and gets blinkers back so keep very safe. 12
3 IMPERIAL FALLS *** Has put in fair efforts at both Singapore outings and could improve from the good gate with Michael Rodd staying aboard and blinkers added. 6.00
4 LORD ASCOT *** Ran on well at Singapore debut and enough to like about the effort to follow. 7.00
5 ROCK EAGLE ** Never involved when resuming but appreciates better gate and improves for the run. 11
6 FEROCIOUS *** Did everything wrong when resuming after good 2YO campaign and happy to give another chance. 6.00
7 COUNTRY QUACK ** Will find this easier than last start and recent trial OK so can improve at odds. 20
8 JUSTICE GRACE * Resuming and needs much longer. 33
9 STUNNING CAT *** Maiden from Australia who has trialled well enough local to consider at Singapore debut. 6.00
10 SOONBABY ** All sorts of traffic excuses last start and showed enough to keep safe at odds. 33
11 PAPERBACK TROOPER ** Returned to form last start with eye-catching late run and pay to follow. 12
12 COUNTRY BOSS ** Maiden who just missed last start and has to be respected with a lightweight. 8.00
13 SILENT ARROW *** Looked to have every possible chance last start with support but gets blinkers and worth another look with Juglall up. 8.00