Meeting Preview, selections, comments and odds, courtesy Larry Foley, kranjiracing.com
It’s safe to say, after the highs of the Simon Kok inspired BIG HEARTED Singapore Gold Cup win last Saturday, racing at Kranji gets a reality hit with the rank-and-file taking centre stage.
No less than five Class 5 races are on offer and while we normally avoid the lowest grade for best bets, SKY EYE in race 7 could be the exception to this punting rule.
While still a maiden, SKY HIGH has had two runs in Class 4 Company where he has been supported and placed on both occasions.
Yes, the 4YO has had his issues and excuses early in his career, however, he only has to bring his Class 4 form to this race to win with perhaps some luck also needed for 4kg claimer ZX Tan from gate 10.
If you want to avoid the Class 5 and Maidens races, the Class 4 1800m event (race 10) looks the best field on paper.
In fact there are some very progressive types taking part and the Mike Clements pair in SHEPHERD’S HYMN and TIGER ROAR both look stayers with a future.
Not much separates the two horses on form, although TIGER ROAR - in the now Gold Cup winning Flacon blue colours - has looked a good thing beaten at his two starts in Class 4 and given his most recent effort was over this trip, he is the one to beat.
The field has depth though and the likes of MO ALMIGHTY, KING’S SPEECH, WIND TRAIL and YULONG JAZZ will ensure whoever wins has well and truly earned the cheque.
Elsewhere on the card, it will pay to look for value with SURGE in race 3 a winning hope in what is a suitable race on the back of a smart trial, while TIGER LEAP gets his chance to break his maiden status in race 4 on the back of two solid runs.
Best Bets: (SKY EYE race 7, win), (SURGE race 3, value), and (TIGER LEAP race 4, value).
Bankers for Jackpots: Race 8 (1, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7), race 9 (1, 2, 9 and 10), race 10 (1, 2, 3, 4 and 7), race 11 (1, 2 and 5).
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; 7 GNOTHI SEAUTON - 3 TAKHI - 8 TIGAROUS - 1 GOLD REWARD
A Class 5 raffle to open the meeting and you could probably make a strong winning case for at least seven on the runners. Maidens with some form on the board usually go well in Class 5 and GHONTHI SEAUTON has shown enough to think he can show his best and win with blinkers added on the back of a nice trial. Likewise, TIGAROUS has shown enough placing twice in Maiden Company to think he wins sooner than later and Vlad Duric from gate 2 looks a good combination. Class droppers also have to be respected and the best on recent form is TAKHI who has been thereabouts in Class 4 and has a Poly win to his name with best work expected late. GOLD REWARD and HWASONG both placed when dropping to Class 5 last start and both win without surprising in what is a suitable race. BLITZ POWER from gate 1 and SUN CONQUEROR just two others that can win and include UPGRADED and SUN PITTSBURGH in exotics at odds. Betting Strategy - GNOTHI SEAUTON win, saver on TAKHI.
1 GOLD REWARD *** Showed last start why Class 5 is his caper and handles the Poly so can win. 6.00
2 HWASONG *** Placed at first start in Class 5 and trails like the Poly will be no problem. Goes close. 6.00
3 TAKHI *** Drops to Class 5 after some good form in better Company and won maiden on the Poly. Hard to hold out. 5.00
4 UPGRADED ** Form reads badly but only win this trip and recent trial suggests he improves at odds dropping to Class 5. 20
5 BLITZ POWER *** Excuses (saddle slipped) when running on last start. Gets tongue-tie and must be respected over the mile from gate 1. 5.00
6 SUN CONQUEROR *** Fought on well after tough run from wide gate last start. Won start prior and can consider from the better alley. 12
7 GNOTHI SEAUTON *** Maiden whose form reads only fairly but recent trial with blinkers was good enough to seriously consider in Class 5. 8.00
8 TIGAROUS *** Maiden who only battled last start over the mile on the turf in this company but looks handy enough to follow with gate 2 and Duric factors. 5.00
9 WHIZZY WALTZZY * Runs on when in the mood but tough to follow. 33
10 CARNELIAN * Form reads terribly and drawn wide but gets blinkers and should work home solidly. 33
11 SHINE ALMIGHTY * Maiden who needs to show more. 50
12 SUN PITTSBURGH ** Form reads very badly but will grow a leg back on the Poly over what is a suitable trip and will be value. Keep safe. 33
13 AMAZING CHOICE ** Drawn wide and seemly out of form but gets blinker/pacifiers and Poly suits. 33
14 YES ONE BALL * Winkers off and excuses last start but struggles as a rule. 100
Selections; 2 LIM'S DREAMWALKER - 3 GOLDEN ONE - 9 GOLDEN SPRINT - 8 FRIDAY
While it may pay to have a long look for value on the day, LIM'S DREAMWALKER looks ready to win and is the benchmark in this interesting Restricted Maiden. The Steve Burridge-trained 3YO had excuses last start not to win and given he gets head-gear added and Singapore Gold Cup winning hoop, Simon Kok, stays on, he is the obvious pick. In saying that, GOLDEN SPRINT has placed at his career two starts and should figure heavily in this finish with blinkers to winkers from gate 4, while the two Clements-trained runners in FRIDAY and MONDAY both showed more than enough on debut to follow. GOLDEN ONE - who gets blinkers added on the back of a good trial - and TONY'S LOVE both had excuses last start and can figure at value, while ZAHAU showed little on debut but was supported so is worth another look. Betting Strategy - GOLDEN ONE each-way.
1 ZAHAU *** Disappointing with support on debut but worth another look on trial form. 8.00
2 LIM'S DREAMWALKER *** Drawn wide but excuses not to win at start two and has subsequently trialled OK with blinker/pacifiers added. Hard to hold out. 3.00
3 GOLDEN ONE *** Not tested when interfered with last start so forgive and follow with blinkers added on the back of a good trial. 12
4 MARINE VANGUARD ** Just battled last start but expect quieter ride and could finish off strongly. 20
5 SUNDAY * Gets winkers but needs to find a length or two before considering. 33
6 BATTLESTAR ** Nothing on debut but trials well with blinkers so can consider with headgear added from gate 1. 20
7 DIMESSO ** Another who showed nothing on debut but gets blinker/pacifiers on the back of a good trial so could improve at odds. 33
8 FRIDAY *** Wide gate always a concern but fought on well after leading on debut and should improve again on that effort. 6.00
9 GOLDEN SPRINT *** Shown enough at two starts to think he wins a race sooner than later and gets his chanced with blinkers to winkers. 5.00
10 MONDAY *** Ran on well on debut and expect much the same with handy 2kg claim. 6.00
11 NINETEEN GLORY * Needs to show more. 50
12 TONY'S LOVE *** Form reads badly but excuses at both starts and looks to have some ability so can consider at odds with winker to visor. 33
13 REAL EFECTO ** Thereabouts at two starts over 1000m on the poly and 1400m on turf could suit. Keep safe. 20
14 SIR ELTON ** Ran on well in similar affair last start and expect much the same. 20
Selections; 4 SURGE - 5 CHOCANTE - 11 SHANTI - 12 KING ZOUSTAR
A terrible Class 4 Poly sprint for form analysts with most having reasons why they can't win rather than why they can. Case in point is SURGE, who looks hopelessly out of form, but a recent trial was very good and he only needs to bring a similar effort dropping to Class 4 to have a big day here. Likewise, COUSTEAU is battling away at best but given his last (ambitious) run was in Group 1 Company, he has to be respected with blinkers off for good measure. CHOCANTE comes off a battling run but gets blinkers from gate 1 and he will also appreciate being back on the Poly. AL GREEN and KING ZOUSTAR probably have the most honest recent form and both should figure - perhaps the latter at value - while a 3YO US-bred filly in SHANTI is resuming with a solid trial under her belt and she showed enough at her first campaign to win races like this. Keep numbers 2, 3, 9 and 10 involved in exotics, as this race could get ugly. Betting Strategy - SURGE win.
1 COUSTEAU *** Drops to Class 4 after ambitious Lion City Cup run. Recent wins this Company and could surprise with blinkers off. 10
2 SILENT PARTNER ** Resuming after some good turf form. Recent trial OK so market watch advised. 12
3 SILKINO ** Form reads badly and drawn wide but appreciate first up run, drop in grade and can improve on the back of a good trial. 12
4 SURGE *** Race form poor but has speed, recent trial very good and will give a sight back in Class 4. 12
5 CHOCANTE *** Nothing last start but appreciates the Poly and gate 1 with blinkers added. Keep safe. 4.00
6 AL GREEN *** Placed at his last two, recent trial solid and will work home late. 5.00
7 REVOLUTION * Battling. 50
8 HEADHUNTER * Recent form poor but did place at Singapore debut on the Poly so could improve. 33
9 DIAMOND RUSH ** Did it tough last start from wide gate and usually thereabouts. 20
10 LIM'S FORCE ** Took a drop to Class 5 to win but competitive on his day this Company. 12
11 SHANTI *** Resuming. US-bred 3YO filly who showed more than enough at his first campaign to watch market. 6.00
12 KING ZOUSTAR *** In the mix of late and gate 4 helps his winning chances with no weight. 7.00
13 IRONCLAD * Recent wins on turf over longer but trials OK so can include in exotics at odds. 20
14 CHALAZA ** Always an each-way show in races like this with gate 2 a bonus. 12
Selections; 7 TIGER LEAP - 5 MARIKH - 8 SUN HOLIDAY - 10 POROSHIRI
A tricky maiden where a few have had there chances and are refusing to win, so a couple with less convictions in MARIKH and TIGER LEAP could be better options. Of the two, TIGER LEAP has run on well at both career starts over 1200m and 1400m respectively and he looks ready to show he can win over a suitable mile. Likewise, MARIKH gives every indication the mile will suit and with Vlad Duric jumping on from gate 6, he gets every chance. The obvious pick on form is SUN HOLIDAY who battled last start in the wet but just missed at his previous run over the mile and from gate 2, Harry Kasim will get the favours. Of the rest with winning hopes, WHERE'S SHE HAPPY is proving to be costly for followers so take on trust, SILKARDO is honest enough to follow although he may need Class 5 to win, while POROSHIRI can be his own worst enemy but will look the winner at some stage. Betting Strategy - TIGER LEAP each-way.
1 LAKSANA ** Never a winning threat but work late last start was an improvement. 20
2 TOP OF THE LINE ** Never involved last start but work late OK suggesting more to offer. 20
3 SILKARDO *** Gave them a start before working home nicely to place last start and looks ready to win one of these. 6.00
4 THE SHADOW * Placed four back but has battled only since. 33
5 MARIKH *** Honest, could have finished closer last start and improves again with Vlad Duric up. 6.00
6 PIT BULL * Struggled on debut. 33
7 TIGER LEAP *** Has worked home strongly at two career starts and could be hard to hold out over the mile. 6.00
8 SUN HOLIDAY *** Just missed two back over the mile before battling last start in the wet over 1400m. Gets his chance here. 3.00
9 WHERE SHE'S HAPPY *** Never likely last start which was disappointing with support but was due prior so keep safe. 7.00
10 POROSHIRI *** Has a bit to learn so gets a slight gear change and wins when he gets things right. 8.00
11 SPEEDY ROSE * Tongue-tie off but needs to improve. 33
12 JERAM GOLD * Didn't need the wide gate. 100
13 CARAKA ** Disappointing when blinkers went on last start but pay to keep safe on trial form. 33
14 CLARTON SUPREME ** Disappointing last start but another that looked due prior. 12
Selections; 7 M ELEVEN - 3 LEGGENDA - 11 SPEED RACER - 2 CAPONE
Not many races worse than this one and truth be told, the tote will be the best guide and happy to wait to see if anyone is confident. But as it stands, M ELEVEN gets Simon Kok and went close two starts back so can win, while LEGGENDA gets Duric and can improve in Class 5 on the back of a good trial. CAPONE, SPEED RACER and HIGH LIMIT who have all found a weak enough race to have a say and obviously the last start winner - EVIL SPEEDO - has to be respected if he gets support first-up after a spell. Keep the second emergency - SMILING PROUD - in your thoughts, as he is hardest to beat if he gets a start. Betting Strategy - very small win M ELEVEN.
1 BARTIMAEUS * Struggling. 33
2 CAPONE *** Form reads baldy but has shown glimpses, gets tongue-tie and may improve at odds on turf over 1200m. 10
3 LEGGENDA *** Maiden who looks impossible on form but looked comfortable at a recent trial and should improve lengths in Class 5. 4.00
4 FLYING YELLOW * Has struggled since winning four starts back so take on trust. 20
5 MILIMILI * Form only fair and prefer others. 20
6 EVIL SPEEDO ** Resuming after winning last start in similar affair but market best guide on quiet trials. 8.00
7 M ELEVEN *** Only battled last start after good first up run. Goes close in this field. 4.00
8 HIGH LIMIT *** Freshened, always a hope on the Poly and this field weak enough to win. 5.00
9 PRINCE PEGASUS ** Drawn wide and back in trip but could work into this late. 20
10 ACCUMULATION * Maiden with blinkers off but has been struggling. 33
11 SPEED RACER *** Drawn wide and nothing last start but looked due to break maiden status prior and have to consider in this field. 7.00
12 NAJAH * Late Cai Poh Wang. Battles as a rule but this race is weak. 50
13 SOUTHERN WIND * No. 100
14 SMILING PROUD *** Versatile, form better than most here and probably starts favourite and hard to beat if he gets a start. 3.00
Selections; 5 PERFECT ME - 1 WIN WIN - 9 SPEARHEAD - 6 LADY STUNING
Another terrible race but PERFECT ME looks better than most at the trials, so happy to give another chance at the races. Yes, the 4YO has been disappointing at two starts with support, however, he gets a tongue-tie added to his gear, gets to jump from gate 4 and will not get a better chance to show his best here. WIN WIN is in a similar position given he was very disappointing last start but gets blinkers added and can win on best race and trial form. LADY STUNNING was runner-up at her last two so picks herself but she was a long way off the winner on both occasions so take on trust. Looking for an improver at value, SPEARHEAD has shown nothing at two starts but has trialled well, gets a tongue-tie and could show up at odds from gate 1. Market best guide on all the newcomers, who have been solid without being spectacular at the trials. Betting Strategy - PERFECT ME small win, small saver on SPEARHEAD.
1 WIN WIN *** Disappointing last start and drawn wide but gets blinkers, trials well and can win. 4.00
2 NINETYSIX WARRIOR * Battles. 50
3 MORE THAN OIL * Gets blinkers back on but struggles at the races. 33
4 BURGUNDY LAD ** NZ-bred 4YO who improved at his most recent trial with market best guide. 12
5 PERFECT ME *** Disappointing at two starts given good trial form but gate 4 and tongue-tie helps and pay to respect. 2.60
6 LADY STUNING *** Placed at her last couple without being a winning threat and expect much the same. 4.00
7 BIG BAD MAMA * Appreciates debut run but like to see more before considering. 20
8 CITY KNIGHT * Gets blinkers added after poor debut but wide gate tests. 50
9 SPEARHEAD *** Race form terrible but gets tongue-tie and recent good trials suggests he improves at odds from gate 1. 20
10 WEDNESDAY ** Australian-bred 3YO who has been solid at the trials and worth thought in exotics. 20
11 LADY SPRINTBOK * Had some traffic excuses on debut but like to see more before considering. 33
12 WIND OF DUBAI ** Irish-bred 2YO who has been solid at the trials and could surprise with no weight. 20
13 TAKE A CHANCE ** Never involved last start but worth a look on debut effort this trip. 12
14 RIVER RUBY * No. 50
Selections; 3 SKY EYE - 1 WHAT YOU LIKE - 6 MINHAAJ - 7 MISS MICHELLE
Quite a strong Class 5 where the speed will be on from the outset. SKY EYE is a Maiden that placed in Class 4 last start with support. He is awkwardly drawn but with ZX Tan's claim, is well placed in this company and should be hardest to beat. The Class dropper WHAT YOU LIKE ran on from well back in a Class 4 last start, he won one of these five starts ago and with Vlad Duric to ride, can overwhelm them late. MINHAAJ will be one of those at the pointy end as has been racing well since resuming and the drop back to 1000m may suit. Another up there will be MISS MICHELLE who ran them off their legs over 1100m last start and while this looks tougher, she has trialled since and from gate four will give a sight again. Watch market on PLUCKY LAD who is resuming after a long break as his trial was solid and he is coming off two wins in this grade. Include FOUNTAIN OF FAME in exotics. Betting Strategy - SKY EYE win, forecast with WHAT YOU LIKE.
1 WHAT YOU LIKE *** Eased early before running on late last start in good Class 4. Drops in class and with Vlad Duric will be hard to hold out. 4.00
2 PLUCKY LAD ** Resuming after long break. Trial was solid and has won past two in this grade. Keep safe. 12
3 SKY EYE *** Maiden which placed in Class 4 last start and has since trialled soundly. Awkwardly drawn but well placed with 3kg claim and winkers off. 2.00
4 ASIA SPIRIT * Returned with respiratory issues last start. Has speed and trip suits but not the gate. 20
5 CRYSTAL STAR * Has battled at only three starts but Class 5 suits. Gate no help. 100
6 MINHAAJ *** Racing well in this class since resuming. Drops back in trip and will be hard to pass. 5.00
7 MISS MICHELLE ** Ran them off their legs last start over 1100m and has trialled since. Will be prominent from the good gate. 12
8 KAKADU * Only battled when resuming. Has trialled since but needs to improve on efforts to date. 100
9 WINNER NUMBER ONE * Showed speed but faded out over 1000m last start. Has been freshened but needs to improve. 50
10 RIVER ROCA * Battled away last start but yet to place in 7 outings. 100
11 SUPERSONICSURPRISE * Veteran who needs to improve on recent form. 100
12 FOUNTAIN OF FAME ** Has finished top four at past four poly outings in this grade. Will be near the speed for a long way. 20
13 HERO STAR * Getting down in grade but needs to improve on efforts since resuming. 100
14 KANTHAKA * Gets blinkers and excuses last start so could improve. 100
Selections; 1 SPIRIT SEVEN - 5 MAXIMILIAN - 4 MASTER SOMMELIER - 6 GIANT KILLING
Some real battlers in this Class 5 over 1600m. SPIRIT SEVEN is an 8YO but he is coming off a last start win over 1700m and his previous poly outing over 1600m yielded a third and that form is good enough for this. MAXIMILIAN has been freshened by a trial after having been run down late over 1400m at his most recent start; his poly form is sound and from the good gate can give a sight. MASTER SOMMELIER hasn't much to show for his eleven starts but he has been improving and fought on well despite a torrid run last start over 1800m; he is poorly drawn again but may have more upside than most of these. GIANT KILLING won over 1200m four starts back and battled on well over this trip on a rain-affected track last start, he will be thereabouts. ZOFFSPEED has won at the trip in recent memory, which is better than most in this field. Betting Strategy - SPIRIT SEVEN win.
1 SPIRIT SEVEN *** Class 5 journeyman who won over 1700m last start. Awkwardly drawn but has the best form. 3.00
2 SUPERIOR COAT * Only placing in 10 starts was over 1200m. Needs to improve. 50
3 ZOFFSPEED ** Recent efforts poor but placed over this trip four starts back and only win was at 1600m. Goes best when ridden forward. 8.00
4 MASTER SOMMELIER *** Caught wide and fought on well to place over 1800m last start. Showing improvement but yet to win in 11 starts and gate no help. 4.00
5 MAXIMILIAN *** Freshened by recent trial after being run down late over 1400m at most recent outing over 1400m. Well drawn and with Hakim claim can give a sight. 4.00
6 GIANT KILLING *** Ran on solidly on rain-affected track over this trip last start. Racing soundly since resuming and will battle away. 5.00
7 HOOGA NET ** Needs to improve on efforts since resuming but recent trial OK and trip suits. 33
8 SILVER JOY * Blinkers back on but needs to improve on recent efforts. 100
9 WINS * Gets a tongue-tie but yet to place in 14 starts. 100
10 GINGERMAN * Fought on to place last start over this trip. One win in 32 starts but good gate may help. 20
11 CROWN DELIGHT * Needs to improve on recent efforts. 100
12 MY MIRACLE * Would need a miracle on recent form. 100
13 GOLD FAITH * Placed over this trip four starts back and could improve with a positive ride. 16
14 ALLEGRO * Trip suits but tested on recent form. 50
Selections; 9 THE WILD PRINCE - 2 GOLDEN THUNDER - 1 LOVING BABE - 10 TRAVIS
None of these inspire confidence with most being Maidens or having wins few and far between. One that may have some upside is the 3YO, THE WILD PRINCE, who showed improvement last start when running on late behind Hotshots Slams and he won't find one much weaker than this. LOVING BABE was disappointing last outing but was narrowly beaten at his two starts prior in similar races to this; a positive ride from gate seven may help. GOLDEN THUNDER hasn't been far away at recent starts, will get back but should be closing late. RED ROAR won over 1100m in this grade three starts back and was runner-up over 1000m last start; the 1200m may test but he will be prominent. TRAVIS on the back of a good trial could be value. Betting Strategy - small win THE WILD PRINCE, small saver TRAVIS.
1 LOVING BABE *** Disappointed last start after runner-up efforts at previous outings. Can improve. 4.00
2 GOLDEN THUNDER *** Not far away at recent outings and tongue-tie comes off. Poorly drawn but will run on. 5.00
3 PERFORMANTE ** Yet to win in 14 starts but recent trial sound and placed this trip four starts back. Gets back but will run on. 16
4 AGAINST GRAVITY ** Maiden. Placed two starts back but other efforts ordinary. Good gate may help as will Class 5. 16
5 ATLANTEAN * Has struggled since resuming but may improve with John Powell from gate 3. 20
6 GOOD CATCH ** Fought on to place last start but only win was long ago. Blinkers on (tongue-tie off) may help but not the gate. 20
7 HOST THE NATION ** 11YO resuming. Capable in this grade and has found a weak race. Watch market. 8.00
8 RED RIDING WOOD * Drops back in trip with blinkers off and tongue-tie on and best efforts are over longer. 33
9 THE WILD PRINCE *** Showed improvement to make ground late last start. 3YO who won't find one much weaker than this and could have upside. 4.00
10 TRAVIS *** Has shown little in four starts but Class 5 suits off the back of a good trial so keep safe with gate 2 a factor. 100
11 RED ROAR *** Won over 1100m three starts back and runner-up over 1000m last start. Will be prominent. 5.00
12 BETHLEHEM * Has done nothing in five starts. 100
13 DAWNING GOLD * Has done nothing in six starts. 100
14 HERO IN THE WIND * Resuming. Needs longer. 100
Selections; 7 TIGER ROAR - 4 SHEPHERD'S HYMN - 2 KING'S SPEECH - 1 MO ALMIGHTY
A competitive Class 4 with class-droppers and several handy ones involved. TIGER ROAR is an improving 3YO colt by Wandjina who, at just his fourth career start, ran on from well back to figure in the finish on a heavy track over this trip; he has found a tough race here but has upside. The stablemate SHEPHERD'S HYMN failed to run down the leader over 1600m on the poly last start but hasn't done much wrong in his eight starts to date with a win over this trip three starts back keeping him well in the picture. KINGS SPEECH has been racing in a higher grade but given his last win was in this class over 1600m and this trip is no concern, he can be in the finish with Vlad Duric and a good gate factors. MO ALMIGHTY had little luck in the Singapore Derby but that run over 1800 stands him in good stead for this off the back of a Class 4 placing over the mile. YULONG JAZZ led in that race, his UK form is up to this and he can give a sight again. WIND TRAIL another to consider in the right Company. Betting Strategy – box SHEPHERD'S HYMN, KING'S SPEECH and TIGER ROAR in exotics.
1 MO ALMIGHTY *** Ran distant placing on wet track over 1600m after freshen-up last start. Didn't have much luck in Singapore Derby at only previous attempt this trip. Poorly drawn but will run on. 5.00
2 KING'S SPEECH *** Drops in grade. Last win was this Class over 1600m. Trip suits and can improve with Duric to ride from good gate. 4.00
3 WIND TRAIL *** Only battled on wet track last start in a race won by BIG HEARTED but drop in class has him under notice. 14
4 SHEPHERD'S HYMN *** Couldn't run down winner on poly last start over 1600m but won this class and distance three starts back. Gets winkers and will be in the finish. 4.00
5 GOVERNOR OF PUNJAB * Battled away on wet track last start. UK form should be up to this level but yet to deliver. Take on trust. 20
6 MR EXCHEQUER * Has struggled since resuming. 100
7 TIGER ROAR *** Ran on well on wet track last start over this trip. Improving 3YO who will be hard to hold out. 4.00
8 YULONG JAZZ *** Led and was only collared late on wet track last start. Improving with racing and will be prominent for a long way. 8.00
9 SHOWCASE THE GOLD * Dropped out on wet track last start. Won Maiden previous outing but this is much harder. 33
10 CIRCUIT STAR ** Placed over this trip three starts back. Has been slowly away over 1600m at past two outings and could improve. 25
11 SPLIT SECOND ** Won Class 5 over 1600m last start. Will find this much harder but should be competitive with no weight. 100
12 PERFECT * Better in Class 5. 100
13 STAR JACK * Needs to improve on recent efforts. 100
14 LARRY ** Did nothing when resuming but better suited this trip and should be competitive. 50
Selections; 5 PRIME TIME - 1 AUTUMN RUSH - 2 MAGNIFIQUE - 4 TOOSBIES
An interesting Class 4 with class droppers and some talented horses resuming. The two Class droppers in question are AUTUMN RUSH and MAGNIFIQUE and both can win on best Poly form. A strong pace will suit AUTUMN RUSH and whilst his recent form is terrible, he loves the poly and has won at KSB level. MAGNIFIQUE has drawn wide but has the speed to play a big part in this finish. One of most interest is the resuming PRIME TIME who has won two of his eight career starts - the most recent by over six lengths on the poly in Class 4 over 1200m. The 4YO's recent trials have been good and if anywhere near right, could be too smart for these. TOOSBIES is also first up and has trailed well enough to think he can also figure. KIWI KID has won both starts since resuming and has no choice but to go forward from his wide gate. Betting Strategy - PRIME TIME win, saver on AUTUMN RUSH.
1 AUTUMN RUSH *** Huge drop in Class, switch to Poly helps and right in this from gate 2. 8.00
2 MAGNIFIQUE *** Will also appreciate drop in grade. Has speed and will be prominent. 5.00
3 KIWI KID *** Has won both starts since resuming. Rises 2.5kg and poorly drawn but has the speed to be prominent. 4.00
4 TOOSBIES *** Resuming after bleeding attack. Trialled well. Suited this class and distance. Watch market. 5.00
5 PRIME TIME *** Resuming after long break. Showed promise and bolted in last start this class over 1200m on poly - also when first up. Talented when right an gets tongue-tie. Watch market. 3.00
6 FLAK JACKET ** 10YO but still has plenty of toe. Wasn't far away last start and will give a sight. 16
7 CALCULATION * Made some ground last start but needs to improve. 33
8 SNIP * Tested on efforts since resuming. 50
9 SUPER SMART ** May need longer but excuses last start and could play a part in exotics at odds. 25
10 LAI MAK MAK * Needs easier. 100
11 LIM'S SHOT * Fair effort last start but looking for Class 5. 50
12 RED CLAW * Needs Class 5. 100
13 KHAN *** Backed up Maiden win with placing this grade and can follow. 8.00
14 FIRE AWAY * Needs to improve on efforts since resuming. 100