Kranji's Saturday meeting preview

Meeting Preview, selections, comments and odds, courtesy Larry Foley,

The world over, the ‘Sport Of Kings’ needs champions to thrive and Singapore is no exception.

The Pat Shaw-trained ROCKET MAN put Singapore racing in the spotlight for many years and while the likes of DEBT COLLECTOR and LIM’S CRUISER have kept punters coming through the gates in recent times, a new champ is needed and INFERNO’s time has come.

Yes, the now 4YO has won six-from-seven - which includes three at Group 2 and 3 level - but he can now add a Group 1 to his impressive CV and the Guineas is his to lose.

The $400,000 feature mile has attracted a relatively small field - thanks largely to INFERNO’S dominance in the recent won and run Classic - and you would imagine Vlad Duric rides him like the very good thing he is and he should give some handy types windburn when making his winning run early in the Short Course (B) straight.

Oh, we wish that racing was that easy and while INFERNO should eat up the mile and win, he will have to be on his game with the likes of STRONG N POWERFUL likely to go forward, kick and give him something to catch.

Duric won’t let STRONG N POWERFUL get a winning break, but the champion hoop will also have to keep an eye over his shoulder with BIG HEARTED suited over the mile with his best work expected late.

As you would expect on a Group 1 day, there are plenty of good races on the bumper 14-race card and MINISTER looks a huge winning hope in Class 2 Company over the mile (race 9), after giving TOP KNIGHT plenty to think about in the Derby.

Best Bets: (MINISTER race 9, win), (INFERNO race 12, win), and (I’M A CONQUEROR race 6, value).

Bankers for Jackpots: Race 11 (2, 6, 9 and 10), race 12 (1), race 13 (1, 2, 3 and 10), race 14 (1, 3, 5, 6, 7 and 8).

Race cards and Larry Foley's synopsis follows and for updates on all runners go to

Please note the odds listed are "reference odds" only.

Race 1

Selections; 2 SUN ACE - 1 GOLD FAITH - 3 BEBOP - 11 HOSAYLIAO
A top heavy Class 5 Poly mile and the winner should come from the trio at the top of the ratings in GOLD FAITH, SUN ACE and BEBOP. In fact it's hard to separate the trio and it may pay to make a decision on the day with the tote a good guide. But as it stands, SUN ACE has his foot well and truly in the till, gets a 3kg claim and he should get every chance from gate 5 with the early pace drawn inside him. That speed should come from GOLD FAITH who has drawn gate 2 and Simon Kok should take him straight to the front over the mile and he will be hard to run down after placing over 1200m last start. BEBOP has drawn the ace but will probably be ridden quite and will be the strongest closer with the drop in grade in his favour. Of the rest, HOSAYLIAO looked to have some in the tank last start and gets Vlad Duric, while MASTER SOMMELIER also had some in reserve last start and will add value to exotics. Betting Strategy - SUN ACE win.
1 GOLD FAITH *** Placed when dropping to Class 5 last start over 1200m and the mile is much more suitable. Should lead and can win. 3.00
2 SUN ACE *** Foot on the till, more than handles the Poly and hard to beat with 3kg claim. 2.80
3 BEBOP *** Significant drop in Class and will be running on very strongly in a race that suits. 4.00
4 BETHLEHEM * No. 100
5 THE ICEMAN * Better than his form suggests and appreciates a good alley but Poly form a worry. 33
6 CARNELIAN ** Very much appreciates being back on the Poly over a suitable trip and pay to keep safe at value with best work expected late. 20
7 CAPONE ** Did nothing when resuming and drawn wide but gets blinkers and can improve in Class 5 company. 20
8 LION SPIRIT * Blinkers off but looks a battler. 50
9 SHINE ALMIGHTY * Another maiden who battles but Class 5 and Maia helps. 50
10 SUN CONQUEROR ** A win would surprise on form but honest enough to include in skinny end of exotics. 20
11 HOSAYLIAO ** Ran on solidly late last start suggesting some in tank and worth thought over the mile. 12
12 MASTER SOMMELIER ** Yet to run a place in some nine starts but worked home well last start suggesting more to offer in a race like this at odds. 20
13 MAXIMILIAN ** Improved by recent racing and extra distance suits. Will be running on. 20
14 MONEY KING ** Veteran who will appreciate the mile and another that could figure at odds. 33

Race 2

A tough Restricted Maiden with at least six horses coming into this with form that suggests they can win and the tote will be a very good guide. SPEEDY MISSILE probably starts favourite given he was in the winning mix last start, the mile will suit and with Duric replacing a claimer, he gets his chance. From that same form line, KINABALU WARRIOR ran on well late to run third so he has to be considered and the honest LADY FAST ran fourth and she is always a must for exotics. The other form line to watch is behind the runaway winner, In All His Glory, where ALFARES and GNOTHI SEAUTON both ran on to fill the placings and, while a long way off the winner, this race suits and they can figure. SPECIAL OPS had his form franked when Pattaya won last week and must be respected, while SNOWBOUND on the quick back up can also have a say. Betting Strategy - SPEEDY MISSILE win.
1 SPEEDY MISSILE *** Foot on the till, mile no problem and should be hard to beat. 3.00
2 SHOWBOUND *** Backing up from a very good run last Saturday and should figure prominently. 6.00
3 GNOTHI SEAUTON *** Never catching winner last start but work late to place was good and mile looks ideal. Goes close with tongue-tie added. 8.00
4 TOP OF THE LINE * Only battled when resuming and would like to see more before considering. 20
5 KINABALU WARRIOR *** Turned around some poor form with a very promising placing and must go close on that effort. 12
6 THE SHADOW ** A long way off the winner last start but shows some promise and a must for exotics. 20
7 PASIR PINJI ** Looked to have some in hand last start and worth some thought in exotics at long odds. 50
8 UNSTOPPABLE GIANT ** Continues to show enough late in races to think he has more to offer and mile should suit. 33
9 RUMBLE * Form hopeless but gets blinkers added on the back of a solid trial. 100
10 ALFARES *** Malaysian who has shown more than enough at two starts in Singapore to think he wins one of these sooner than later. 6.00
11 EASYLIGHTS * Can lead but might be nuisance value only. 50
12 SPECIAL OPS *** Improved effort with a positive ride last start and has trialled well since. Can figure. 8.00
13 LADY FAST ** Very honest mare who will be running into the money late. 12
14 FOOTSTEPSONTHECAR * Passed a few slow ones late on debut but should be improved for the run. 33
15 ALEXANDER HORATIO * Didn't need the widest gate but will improve with racing. 33
16 SILKARDO ** Only battled when resuming but usually some hope and should improve for the run. 20

Race 3

An intriguing Class 4 over 1400m with plenty of horses to follow but HEARTENING FLYER may be one of the better bets of the day. The NZ-bred 4YO backed up his debut win with a stirring victory in good Novice Company, before having a crack at Group glory at start three. That race was always going to be a tough ask but he was far from disgraced running home solidly behind some smart Guineas-bound horses and he will be very hard to hold out over 1400m in Class 4 Company. He may be a good thing but there are some handy in-form types suited the trip, with SACRED JUDGEMENT, ATLAS and MANDRAKE all running on well enough last start to keep HEARTENING FLYER honest. Add last start winner - CHICAGO STAR - into the mix as he could give a sight. Betting Strategy - HEARTENING FLYER strong win, MANDRAKE saver if value.
1 CHICAGO STAR *** Blinkers did the trick when leading to win last start and have to respect. 12
2 RED DAWN * Had nothing left when pressure on last start and have to take on trust. 33
3 CHARGER ** Can mix his form but ran on well with light weight last start in Class 3 and worth thought here. 20
4 HEARTENING FLYER *** Out-classed in the Singapore Classic but work late was solid and hard to hold out in Class 4 on winning form prior. 2.00
5 SACRED JUDGEMENT *** Just missed last start over 1200m and extra 200m no problem. Goes close. 6.00
6 ATLAS *** Has been running on well at three starts over 1200m since back-to-back wins and pay to follow with 1400m ideal. 10
7 MANDRAKE *** Looked to have plenty more to offer after running on again late last start and hard to hold out with handier run expected from gate 1. 12
8 FABULOUS ONE * Needs to show more. 100
9 LIM'S SHOT ** Hasn't been seen on the turf much of late but handles the surface and could improve on what he showed last start. 20
10 CHAMPAGNE FINALE ** Up in Class after winning well this trip last start but was competitive prior and can include in exotics. 20
11 OPTIMUM STAR * Another Class 5 winner who will find this tougher and wide gate doesn't help. 20
12 BEAR WITNESS ** Love to see in Class 5 and drawn the car park but showed last start why he is always some hope. 12
13 BRACED * Can run on when in the mood but may need easier. 50
14 SUPER SPEED * Won Class 5 when resuming and only battled from wide gate last start. Gate may test again. 50
15 DIAMONDS * Gets blinkers but prefer most others. 100
16 SATELLITE WARRIOR ** Had traffic issues last start and work late suggests he is worth thought over a more suitable trip. 20

Race 4

All things being equal, this field is so weak that ANGEL HALO could start as the odds-on elect and that spells danger for punters at Class 5 level. So while the 6YO is our on top selection on form and with blinkers added for good measure, he might not be a viable betting option. So SILVER SWORD could be one to watch given he worked home well late last start and the poly mile might just be what he is looking for. One at odds to watch is SILVER JOY who looks hopeless on form but his last run was better than the result and a recent trial suggests he could show up. Add the first emergency - LIM'S RHYTHM - as a winning chance and his presence may even stop ANGEL HALO starting in the red. GRAVEL ROAD, JOYFUL ASPIRATION and HOOGA NET for exotics. Betting Strategy - small value bet on SILVER JOY.
1 BEAUTY SEVEN SEVEN * Struggles. 100
2 ANGEL HALO *** Placed when resuming in similar affair and very forward run expected with blinkers added from gate 3. 1.60
3 GRAVEL ROAD ** Hard to have on form but gets blinkers and may be the improver from gate 1 on the Poly. 8.00
4 SILVER SWORD *** Worked home well last start and the Poly mile may suit so keep safe. 8.00
5 JOYFUL ASPIRATION ** Starts can be costly but will get back and run on so another to include in exotics. 7.00
6 ROMAN CLASSIC * Trip suits but has lost form. 50
7 SPIRIT SEVEN * Didn't need the wide gate. 50
8 HOOGA NET ** Never involved when resuming but steps up to a more suitable trip so can consider on form from last campaign. 12
9 TUSCAN ARTIST * Gets blinkers and tongue-tie over suitable trip but may need the turf. 20
10 SILVER JOY ** Form reads terribly but last start better than the result and subsequent trial was good enough to think he improves at odds. 20
11 SUCCESS STREET * Trip suits but easier to ignore. 50
12 WITHOUT PREJUDICE * The odd good run of late and gets tongue-tie added but distance can test. 33
13 LIM'S RHYTHM *** Wide gate a concern (again) but won't find a weaker mile than this and goes close if he gets a start. 6.00
14 OFFICIAL * Battler. 100

Race 5

This maiden looks a race in two or three at best with SUPER PINS and MR FAT KIDDY the two punters will jump on to win. SUPER PINS has the advantage of coming into this with a close-up placing under his belt and with Maia up on the back of a good trial, he is the pick. In saying that, MR FAT KIDDY very much appreciates a "sighter" in Class 4 Company and he would be hard to beat on his maiden form with improvement expected on that first up run. CRU BOURGEOIS is the only other horse that has winning claims and his work against the bias when running home nicely when first up was good enough to have a say here. FAST AND FEARLESS, NATE'S HONOUR and BARBARIAN for skinny end of exotics and forget the rest. Betting Strategy - Box 1, 4 and 5 in any exotics.
1 SUPER PINS *** Did everything bar win last start and has trialled well since. Hard to beat. 2.50
2 QUICK SHOSHA ** Has been battling but OK late last start and gate 1 helps. Improves. 12
3 GLOBAL SPIRIT * Shown little but gets blinkers and tongue-tie so market watch in order. 33
4 MR FAT KIDDY *** Appreciates first-up run in Class 4 and should figure prominently on best form. 3.00
5 CRU BOURGEOIS *** Made up ground against the bias when resuming and will work into this late. 12
6 VOLUNTAD * Turf helps, as does tongue-tie, but wide gate will test. 33
7 SOLID CASH * Gets blinkers added but struggles. 50
8 SUPERIOR COAT * OK late last start but needs to show more. 33
9 BEAT THE LIGHT * Resuming. Usually thereabouts and may be value. 33
10 BITCOIN KING * Freshened but hard to have. 50
11 COMMUNICATION * OK recent trial but prefer others with blinkers off. 50
12 FAST AND FEARLESS ** Ran on well last start and happy to think he can play a part if closer in running from gate 4. 12
13 NATE'S HONOUR ** Gate a concern but did it tough when resuming and goes OK on his day. 20
14 BARBARIAN ** Honest as a rule and should figure with luck from wide gate. 12
15 WONOSOBO * Prefer others. 50
16 LIM'S LEADER * Battler. 50

Race 6

A cracking Class 5 Poly sprint and while our top pick - MACEO - may start favourite, there should be plenty of value on the other selections that made the top four and it may be a good betting race. But MACEO looks like a handy horse - certainly better than Class 5 - and with blinkers added from gate 1, he is the one to beat. It's no coincidence that blinkers go on two of the other picks with I'M A CONQUEROR getting headgear added after a good trial and he could surprise at odds at his first start in Class 5. MY HORSE also looks hopeless on form but is another Class dropper who improves lengths in a suitable race with blinkers added. NORTHERN SUN has drawn wide and also looks out of form but he wins without surprising (hopefully at value) in the bottom grade. The likes of ALL WE KNOW, GOOD LUCK CHARM, JUST STARS, TRY MAK MAK and even the first emergency, DRONE, all can win and the tote will be an excellent guide. Betting Strategy - I'M A CONQUEROR each-way at odds.
1 ALL WE KNOW *** Maiden who will find Class 5 to his liking and can win sans blinkers if handy in running from gate 2. 6.00
2 AUSPICIOUS DAY ** Should need longer but big drop in Class and have to respect with best work expected late. 20
3 GOOD LUCK CHARM *** Just missed (and protested against winner) last start in similar affair and can make amends with any luck from widest gate. 4.00
4 MY HORSE *** Form reads badly but drops to right grade and right race. Can win with blinkers added. 20
5 NORTHERN SUN *** Could have finished closer last start in Class 4 and could be hard to hold out if close enough when things get serious. 20
6 JUST STARS *** Maiden who did it tough last start when placing in similar affair and gets his chance from gate 4 with Duric up. 8.00
7 MACEO *** Maiden who has been disappointing with heavy support but gets blinkers and gets another chance from gate 1. 3.00
8 TRY MAK MAK *** Just missed when running on strongly in similar affair last start and expect much the same. 12
9 I'M A CONQUEROR *** Form reads badly but having first run in Class 5, gets blinkers and is the big improver on the back of a good trial. Value. 33
10 JK FORMIDABLE ** Only battled when resuming but appreciates the run and should figure prominently from gate 3. 20
11 NEW GARDEN * Maiden who looks a battler. 50
12 RAPID FIRE ** Showed last start why he wins soon in Class 5 but has found a strong field. 12
13 DRONE *** Missed a place with support last start but gets blinkers added and could try to pinch this. 8.00
14 ONE WORLD ** Appreciates first up run and can consider on winning form in this Class previously. 20

Race 7

Plenty of winning hopes in this Class 3 turf event over 1400m and a very busy finish is expected. So hopefully we can find some value on the day but as it stands SIAM VIPASIRI looks the one to beat. The 5YO mare has been tested against some good opposition at 3YO Group level and looks well placed in this Company after a couple of eye-catching runs this preparation. But GOLD STAR did beat her last start and the top weight must again be winning chance, while EAGLE EYE split the pair on that occasion and has to be respected. Too many other winning hopes to go into detail but IRONSIDE placed this trip in Class 2 Company last start and that form will hold up here, while WECANDO very much appreciates a sighter over 1200m and this trip is his best. CHURCHILL after a Derby run, PER INPOWER and QUARTERBACK just three more that win without surprising and keep the first emergency, EASY DOES IT, safe if he gets a start. Betting Strategy - SIAM VIPASIRI win.
1 GOLD STAR *** Ran on well to win similar affair last start and subsequent trial suggests he can carry 2.5kg extra and win again. 4.00
2 CHURCHILL *** Will find this easier than the Derby and versatile enough to make his own luck from the wide gate. 12
3 EAGLE EYE ** Improved effort when running on behind Gold Star last start and can follow on that effort. 12
4 PER INPOWER *** Drawn wide and back in trip but looked to have some in hand last start and must be respected. 12
5 QUARTER BACK *** Traffic costly last start and this race suits with Duric a bonus. 10
6 WECANDO *** Placed when resuming over 1200m and better suited this trip. Can win. 8.00
7 IRONSIDE *** Placed in Class 2 this trip last start and only carries 3kg extra. Should figure. 6.00
8 SUPER DYNASTY * Form better than reads but has found a strong field. 50
9 FEDERATION ** Solid late over this trip last start and will keep them honest. 20
10 AUTUMN RUSH * Prefer on the Poly at this level. 50
11 INHERIT * Only battled last start and back in trip so prefer others. 50
12 SIAM VIPASIRI *** Progressive type who may have more to offer than Class 3. Will be strong late. 4.00
13 AXEL * Battling of late and looking for easier. 50
14 TRAPIO ** May need easier but had excuses last start so happy to forgive and take on good for prior. 33
15 EASY DOES IT *** Appreciates first up run and 1400m suits. Could be value. 12
16 LIMITED EDITION * Needs easier. 50

Race 8

When veteran journeymen Class 5's and battling Maidens make up the field it is hard to be enthused and that is the case with this Class 5 over 1600m. The Lee Freedman-trained TOBRUK is a nine-start Maiden but has been runner-up at both outings since resuming and this distance will suit; with Iskandar to ride and claiming 3kg, he will get back but could be strongest late. Cliff Brown might be running out of patience with WHERE SHE'S HAPPY who returned lame last start and is yet to place in seven starts, but she gets blinkers and is capable of improvement with Vlad Duric to ride from a good gate. BIG REGARDS is tough veteran of 52 starts for six wins and is fitter for three runs since resuming; the step up to 1600m suits and with blinker/pacifiers going on he could be hard to hold off with Benny Woodworth on top. PENNSYLVANIA will look the winner at some stage with Maia up. Betting Strategy - TOBRUK win.
1 TOBRUK *** Runner-up at past two outings in Maiden company. Suited this trip and with 3kg claim will be hard to hold out. 3.00
2 WHERE SHE'S HAPPY *** Returned lame last start. Yet to place in seven starts but gets blinkers and capable of improvement with Duric to ride from good gate. 4.00
3 MINGS MAN ** Veteran which battled on solidly though well beaten last start. That was best effort for a while but 1400m on turf looks his caper. 10
4 BIG REGARDS *** Improved by recent racing and this distance suits. Blinker/pacifiers go on and can make his presence felt although is a better winning option on the turf. 4.00
5 PENNSYLVANIA *** Led before weakening last start. Will be improved by that outing and can give a sight again. 10
6 HIGH STREET * Form too poor. 100
7 VICTORY JOY ** Broke through last start. Rises 3kg and up in trip but should be running on. 10
8 SPIRIT OF D'WIND ** Fourteen-start Maiden who has battled at both outings since resuming. Gets blinkers and step up in trip may suit. 16
9 SUMMER GLITTER * Did nothing when resuming. Needs to improve. 100
10 OCEAN ELEVEN * Thirteen-start Maiden who struggled when resuming. Better-drawn here and extra distance may help. 33
11 VESONTIO * Has shown nothing since resuming but better suited this trip. Watch for support. 33
12 GINGERMAN * Needs to improve on efforts since resuming. Gate no help. 50
13 GRATUS ** Wide gate will test but should improve on first up run. 50
14 PEGASUS JUNIOR * Was on speed before weakening last start. Hasn't won for a long time. 33

Race 9

Some smart horses in this Class 2 and the Derby form might be the key. The Lee Freedman-trained MINISTER led and was run down in the Singapore Derby, has trialled well since and 1600m may be more suitable; with Harry Kasim on top he has the speed to go forward and will be hard to pass. His stable-mate, OCEAN CROSSING, wasn't far away in the Singapore Derby and placed behind MINISTER at his previous outing; he should get a good run throughout from gate 4. Class 1 form over this trip may also be a very good guide and another Freedman runner in LOYALTY MAN did all the chasing and hit the front before fading late in that race won by MR MALEK; he won a Class 3 here two starts back and with 52.5kg he is well placed with Maia to ride. YULONG EDITION cops a huge 11kg weight rise on his grand last start effort where he split MR MALEK and COUNTOFMONTECRISTO in the same race but Vlad Duric takes the reins and that and may be sufficient compensation. PREDITOR hasn't won for a long time but rarely runs poorly and with a good gate and 3kg claim for Krisna can put himself in the picture. Betting Strategy - MINISTER win.
1 PREDITOR *** Fitter for three outings since resuming. Up in trip and 3kg claim helps. Draws to do no work and will be hard to hold off. 8.00
2 YULONG EDITION *** Ran a bold race and split MR MALEK and COUNTOFMONTECRISTO last start over this trip. Rises 11kg for Duric but that form is good enough for this. 4.00
3 MAKANANI * Down in grade but form since resuming not good enough. 50
4 KING LOUIS * Placed when resuming over 1400m but has battled at subsequent outings and may need longer. 33
5 MINISTER *** Led and was run down in Singapore Derby. Has trialled since and better suited this trip. Has the speed to overcome gate. 4.00
6 PASSPORT TO ROME ** Disappointed last start following good Class 1 win when resuming. Steps up 1600m for the first time. Take on trust. 12
7 ELITE QUARTETO * Needs to improve on efforts since resuming. 100
8 LOYALTY MAN *** Did the chasing and faded late after hitting front in strong Class 1 last start. Has a good record at this trip and will be prominent. 4.00
9 TRUMPY * Has struggled at both Singapore starts. Form in Argentina strong but prefer to see. 100
10 SACRED CROIX * Only battled last start and blinkers come off. Gate no help. 33
11 THREEANDFOURPENCE ** Has run on at both starts since resuming and extra distance suits. Claim helps and will be closing late. 12
12 SKY ROCKET * Needs to improve on efforts since resuming. 100
13 PAX ANIMI ** Found Singapore Derby too strong but wasn't far away this class and distance start prior. Well drawn and should be handy. 20
14 OCEAN CROSSING ** Put in a solid effort in Singapore Derby. Placed this class and distance two starts back can figure. 10
15 LIM'S SAMURAI * Placed when resuming in Class 1 but has struggled since. Needs to improve. 50
16 TIME LORD * Needs easier. 100

Race 10

None of these win out of turn and few string good runs together. MINHAAJ (the horse formerly known as SUPER EMPEROR) has placed from wide gates at both outings since resuming when ridden by TH Koh; he is better drawn here and with Vlad Duric will be hard to beat. DECRETO is tough to follow but has ability and turned some good form into a convincing win last start; he rises 3.5kg but has a kind draw and is capable of repeating. PAPERBACK TROOPER led before fading over 1200m last start; he is poorly drawn but is a veteran of this grade and can give a sight. Of the rest, SMILING PROUD is back in trip but may be better than a few of these, while BRING ME JOY only battles but there is little depth in this race and he should be handy throughout. Betting Strategy - MINHAAJ win.
1 SMILING PROUD ** Drops back in trip after just missing over 1600m on turf. Poorly drawn and blinkers and tongue-tie off (winkers on) so take on trust. 33
2 UNCLE LUCKY * Bad start costly last time out but needs to improve on recent efforts. 33
3 PAPERBACK TROOPER *** Led before fading over 1200m last start. Poorly drawn but suited this company/trip and can give a sight. 4.00
4 DECRETO *** Won comfortably in similar company last start. Rises 3.5kg but well drawn and has been racing well since resuming. Should be prominent. 3.50
5 MINHAAJ *** Late Super Emperor. Has placed from wide gates at both outings since resuming. Better drawn here and with Duric taking the mount will be hard to beat. 3.00
6 DAVID'S STAR ** Showed speed before weakening when resuming. Hasn't won for a long time and stamina an issue but gate 1 helps. 16
7 SMASH * Eleven-start Maiden who has speed and could improve with headgear removed. 16
8 SOLITAIRE * Only battled when resuming. 90-start veteran who can occasionally show up in this company 20
9 BRING ME JOY ** Not far away at both outings since resuming. Doesn't win often but should be handy. 6.00
10 MY WIN * Did nothing when resuming. Needs to improve. 100
11 SHE'S THE ONE * Needs to improve on effort when resuming. 100
12 RICH FORTUNE * Tested on recent form. 100
13 LINCOLN COUNTY * Has only battled since resuming. 50
14 HIGH LIMIT ** Better suited back on poly and can include in exotics but gate no help. 25

Race 11

Another high class sprint field but given many have their best recent form on the poly, we have put a line through at least half the field. An exception is FAME STAR who is resuming after being galloped on last start. He showed he was up to Group level by winning the EW Barker Trophy over 1400m two starts back and, with seven wins at 1200m, he has the speed to be prominent for a long way and should be hard to pass. GRAND KOONTA was narrowly beaten by FAME STAR in the EW Barker and is better suited at this trip; his recent trial was sound and he will be hard to hold out. ALTAIR won on the poly last start over this trip and last preparation beat TOP KNIGHT in a Class 2 over this trip on turf and that form is good enough for this. STAR OF JUPITER had good form over this trip in Australia before arrival and has the speed to be prominent and his recent trial suggests a big run. ZAC KASA and YOU ROKK to add value in exotics. Betting Strategy - FAME STAR win.
1 SKYWALK * Battled away in Merlion Trophy and rarely runs poorly but best recent form is on poly. 14
2 FAME STAR *** Resuming after being galloped on last start. Won EW Barker two starts back and recent trial was strong. Will be prominent for a long way. 3.00
3 SURPASS NATURAL * Fought hard to be in finish of Merlion Trophy. Best form is on poly but should be prominent. 14
4 ELITE POWER * Disappointed last start. Drop back in trip helps but may be better on poly. 33
5 GOLD STRIKE * Resuming. Can sprint well fresh but best form is over longer. 50
6 GRAND KOONTA *** Resuming. Narrowly beaten by FAME STAR in EW Barker and recent trial was solid. Suited this trip and will be hard to hold out. 3.50
7 ZAC KASA ** Has battled on poly since resuming but last win was this class and distance. Poorly drawn but could improve on turf. 14
8 SACRED REBEL * Racing well since resuming but best Singapore form is on poly. Not helped by gate. 16
9 ALTAIR *** Beat SACRED REBEL last start on poly in Class 2. Previous win was at this trip on turf beating TOP KNIGHT. Improving with racing and should be prominent. 6.00
10 STAR OF JUPITER *** Not far away at both outings since resuming. Won twice over this trip in Australia before arrival and has the speed to be prominent. 10
11 NEPEAN * Led before fading when resuming. Has trialled since but gate no help. 25
12 YOU ROKK ** Only Singapore win was on the Poly but has been running home good enough to keep safe in exotics at odds. 33
13 BE BEE * Battled since resuming. Hasn't won for a long time and might need easier but recent trial was good. 100
14 KARISTO * Needs easier. 100

Race 12

Impossible to go against INFERNO in the Guineas. The now 4YO has carried all before him winning six of seven starts and was dominant against a similar field last start in the Group 2 Classic over 1400m. He has trialled well since and with Vlad Duric up just has to live up to his pedigree and run the 1600m - which he will. STRONG N POWERFUL took it up to INFERNO last start before being swamped late and his form is also exemplary; he has won at the trip and will keep the favourite honest. BIG HEARTED is by Hallowed Crown and he was running on well last start over 1400m; the extra distance will suit and he will run the trip better than most. TRADING POST, KING'S COMMAND and ROCKET STAR for exotics. Betting Strategy - INFERNO strong win.
1 INFERNO *** Best horse in Singapore who won eased down in similar Group company over 1400m. Recent trial strong and should win. 1.20
2 ROCKET STAR ** No match but fought on last start behind Inferno and previous form sound. Recent trial solid but 1600m may test. 20
3 STRONG N POWERFUL ** Hit front before being run down by Inferno last start. Will run a bold race again. 6.00
4 SENOR DON * Trial was solid and will improve with racing but needs to improve on two Singapore outings to date. 100
5 BIG HEARTED ** Ran on well in the Classic, extra distance suits and can get in the finish. 10
6 TRADING POST ** Ran on in Class 4 last start. Improving type and 1600m suits and could find a few out late. 20
7 KING'S COMMAND ** In good form but taking on stronger company here. 1600m suits. 20
8 MERYL * Led, faded and returned dry-coated last start over 1800m. Shorter trip suits and could give a sight. 33
9 YOU QIAN ZHUAN * Honest in easier company and should be found out here. 100

Race 13

An open race and with Saimee Jumaat calling time on his training career, he could go out a winner with BUDDY BUDDY. The 6YO hasn't been far away at both outings since resuming in Class 3 - the most recent being over 1800m - and the drop back to 1600m and Class 4 will suit; with Noh Senari to ride he can go forward and be hard to pass. GOVERNOR OF PUNJAB has now had two Singapore outings and improved from a wide gate last start to run on strongly; better drawn here, he should get a good run throughout and with Duric to ride can be in the finish. MO ALMIGHTY put in a solid effort in the Singapore Derby following a Class 4 win over 1400m when resuming and he goes close, while MUSTENGO has been running on at recent outings over 1400m, gets Benny Woodworth and will be hard to hold out. RESTRAINED, THUNDER, GLOBAL KID and CENTURION can be included in exotics. Betting Strategy - BUDDY BUDDY each-way.
1 BUDDY BUDDY *** Not far away at both outings since resuming. Drops in class and distance. Can go forward and be hard to run down. 4.00
2 MO ALMIGHTY *** Not disgraced in Singapore Derby after good win in Class 4 when resuming. Should get a good run throughout. 5.00
3 GOVERNOR OF PUNJAB *** Get well back and ran on though traffic last start over 1400m. Improving and should be suited this trip. From good gate draws to do no work. Should be in the finish. 4.00
4 GLOBAL KID ** Disappointing last start but fitter for two outings and suited this trip. Can improve. 16
5 BREATHE FIRE * Hasn't shown up in two Singapore outings. Needs to improve. 100
6 THUNDER ** Not far away at recent outings and extra distance may help. Draw some concern. 25
7 IRONCHAMP * Geelong Maiden winner which has only battled at both Singapore outings. May appreciate extra distance. 50
8 RESTRAINED ** Has been running on over shorter trips since resuming. Blinkers off and could be closing late. 12
9 YULONG JAZZ * Copped check at Singapore debut so could forgive and expect improvement. 100
10 MUSTENGO *** Has ran on well at past two outings over 1400m and 1600m will suit. Gets senior rider and will be hard to hold out. 4.00
11 CENTURION ** Was run down late over 1600m when resuming and battled on the poly last start. Gate no help but should be handy. 12
12 LIM'S TORPEDO * Has struggled since resuming. Tested. 100
13 TYSON * Blinkers off but needs to improve on efforts since resuming. 100
14 PERFECT * Battled away last start but has found it hard since Maiden win. May need easier. 50
15 HWASONG * Won Maiden over this trip last trip. Will find this harder but drops 8kg. 33
16 GLASGOW *** Form reads badly but will appreciate drop in class and distance suits. Gets back but will run on. Keep safe. 10

Race 14

A competitive Class 4 with plenty of chances closes the programme. The class-dropper is HARBOUR APPROACH who has not far away at both efforts since resuming in Class 3; this distance suits and with tongue-tie added he may be the one to beat. BARBEQUE just missed when resuming and will appreciate the extra distance; he will get back but will be closing late. BORN TO WIN has returned well and won comfortably this class and distance last start; he rises 2.5kg and could go on with it. IN ALL HIS GLORY bolted in when winning a Maiden last start; this is much harder but he is lightly raced and may have upside. If either of the emergencies in WAR PRIDE and MY BOSS get a run they are capable of winning in this company, while MOLINEUX wasn't tested when resuming and looks to have more to offer (value). Betting Strategy - HARBOUR APPROACH win, saver on MOLINEUX.
1 HARBOUR APPROACH *** Not far away at both efforts since resuming in higher class. Gets a tongue-tie and distance suits. Big show. 3.00
2 MR EXCHEQUER * Did nothing when resuming and may need longer. 25
3 IRONCLAD ** Has battled since resuming but better suited this trip. Gate tests but should go forward. 20
4 CROWN GIFT ** Has put in solid efforts since resuming on the poly but has won on the turf previously. Keep safe. 25
5 MOLINEUX *** Ran into trouble and not tested when resuming. Can improve at odds and could be value. 25
6 BARBEQUE *** Just missed when resuming and had some support. Extra distance suits and can run on. 4.00
7 BORN TO WIN *** Won comfortably this class and distance last start. Rises 2.5kg and will be running on. 4.00
8 IN ALL HIS GLORY *** Bolted last start when winning Maiden. This is harder but shows promise and should be prominent. 10
9 LUCKY IMPERATOR ** Only battled from wide gate after Maiden win. Better drawn here and can be prominent. 20
10 STAR SHIELD ** Not far away at both outings since resuming but yet to win since arrival. Might need easier and gate no help but gets tongue-tie. 33
11 TRIPLE BOWL ** Showed improvement last start when just missing. Only win was at this trip in Malaysia. Has found a strong race but has some upside. 20
12 WHAT YOU LIKE ** Won Class 5 two starts back and wasn't disgraced in Class 4 last outing. Extra distance suits. 33
13 STREET PARTY ** Might be better on the Poly but has placed at all three outings since resuming and have to respect. 33
14 DUSSELDORF * Needs to improve on efforts since resuming. 100
15 WAR PRIDE *** Found Group company too hard last start but resumed well in this grade at start prior. Should be prominent. 8.00
16 MY BOSS *** Won in this class two starts back and fought hard last outing. Has won at this trip and should be prominent. 8.00