Kranji's Saturday meeting preview

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

Slowly but surely the good horses are making their way back to full fitness in preparation for the riches of some imminent Group racing in Singapore and there might not be many better than BIG HEARTED.

The Singapore Gold Cup winner impressed when just missing first up over 1200m a few weeks back and 1400m at Kranji Stakes A conditions looks ideal to get back into the winners circle on his way to the Group 1 Kranji Mile in May.

But while BIG HEARTED looks hard to beat in what is a rare small field of late, the rest of the card looks a tough one for punters with plenty of depth in most races.

Which is always a good sign for those looking for value and each-way players could have a big day.

BORN TO WIN could open the day with a win on his recent solid form with Dan Beasley up and pending how short the likely favourite, IMA, starts in race two, THE SHADOW and even ALEXANDER could provide good value as improvers on excellent recent trial form with gear changes for both.

Some Class droppers in ARION PASSION and OPTIMUM STAR in races 5 and 8 respectively will improve lengths on recent form and may sneak under the punters radar, while SILENT PARTNER had traffic excuses last start and can win race 10.

Tim Fitzsimmons is having a good start to the 2021 season and staying with the value and Class dropping theme, VALOROUS in the lucky last could be long odds given recent form and could surprise with a positive ride from Marc Lerner.

Best Bets: (BIG HEARTED race 6, win), (SONGGONG HERA race 9, win), and (SILENT PARTNER race 10, value).

Bankers for Jackpots: Race 8 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8), race 9 (2 and 5), race 10 (3, 5, 6, 7 and 9), race 11 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6).

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


Dan Beasley has returned to race riding in fine form - we didn't expect much less - and the experienced Aussie hoop can add another win to his name in this Class 5 mile on the turf. BORN TO WIN is his mount and the 5YO showed last start he wins in Class 5 sooner than later and he is hard to hold out in what is a more suitable race on the back of a good trial. The race has depth though and MILITARY CHAIRMAN looks well placed on the E Course to lead and will look the winner at some stage, while the maiden SUPER ATAS is due, will find Class 5 to his liking and can win with support likely. Add both SUN GENERAL and SUN SPEAR into the winning mix and keep the first emergency - PASIR PINJI - very safe if he gets a start. Betting Strategy - BORN TO WIN win.

1 MAGNIFICENT GOLD ** Two years since last win but drops in Class and will be strong late at odds sans tongue-tie. 33

2 SUN GENERAL *** Drops to recent winning Class and forward run expected from gate 3. 8.00

3 AMORE AMORE *** Showed last start that Class 5 his caper, can lead and can win over the mile sans tongue-tie. 8.00

4 BORN TO WIN *** In the mix last start over 1200m on the Poly and better suited on turf his trip. Hard to beat on the back of a good trial. 3.00

5 SUPER ATAS *** Maiden who is due, the mile suits on turf and can win with luck from the wide gate. 8.00

6 GOLDEN TEAK ** Maiden who has battled at the races but recent trials sans blinkers suggests he can improve. 20

7 HWASONG ** Only win this trip and always some show with a positive ride. 12

8 LUCKY JINSHA ** Maiden who gets tongue-tie and gate 1 helps so can consider. 12

9 MILITARY CHAIRMAN *** Drawn to advantage as will try to lead and hard to run down if left alone in front. 5.00

10 SUN SPEAR *** Form better than it reads, mile suits and could be value. Keep safe. 12

11 PISCA PISCA * Battling. 33

12 TONY'S LOVE ** Maiden who is hard to have on race form but has shown glimpses and Class 5 suits. 33

13 PASIR PINJI *** In form, gate a bonus and has a big say back on the turf. 6.00

14 BARBEQUE ** Tough to follow but worth another look in Class 5. 33

Race 2


While we will be having a very long look on the day for any support on the newcomers or the likely improvers on trial form, IMA is the obvious pick and can break though with support likely. Yes, he has had his chances but with blinkers off in this weak field, he should dictate and the race is his to lose. Two horses do appeal on recent trial form and while their respective race form is poor, THE SHADOW (sans blinkers) and ALEXANDER (with blinkers) both can win on what we saw at the jump-outs. Market watch on the two debutantes - FANTASTIC and KHAO MANEE - and PINI PONS may improve with blinkers added. Betting Strategy - IMA, THE SHADOW and ALEXANDER boxed in exotics.

1 IMA *** Needs a result but will be in this a long way from gate 2 with blinkers back off. 2.60

2 LAKSANA * Resuming and hard to have. 33

3 THE SHADOW *** Resuming after a run of poor form but recent trial was good enough to think he has a big say here from gate 1 with blinkers off. 4.00

4 NATE'S HONOUR * Can lead and gets Hakim but struggles at the business end. 33

5 BOUNDLESS GLORY ** Excuses when resuming and worth look on debut placing with Lerner up. 20

6 FRIDAY * Struggling and back in trip but can lead with winkers added so could improve. 20

7 SUPERMAN ** Nothing last start but placed two back and recent trial good enough to expect improvement. 20

8 ALEXANDER *** Race form terrible but recent trial with blinkers good enough to follow with headgear added. 5.00

9 FANTASTIC ** NZ-bred 3YO who debuts on the back of a solid trial but like to see support before considering. 12

10 KHAO MANEE * NZ-bred 3YO who didn't need the wide gate on exposed trial form. 33

11 PINI PONS ** Resuming after two poor efforts but get blinkers and trials good enough to keep safe. 20

12 LADY ROXANNE ** Disappointing last start on the back of a good trial and wide gate will test. 12

13 ASSASSIN * Race for terrible but can lead and give a sight at odds. 33

Race 3


A last start Group winner with 56kg to carry in Class 4 obviously comes under notice and BOOMBA should be hard to beat. True, the Group win was as a 3YO for 2YO's only (thanks Covid) but the form from that race has more than held up and BOOMBA should get every chance on the E Course from gate 8 and it may be a case of whoever beats him wins. But the likes of SPEEDY MISSILE, DAY APPROACH and the first emergency, BUURAQ with blinkers added, are all due and win without surprising so BOOMBA will have to be on his game. Of that trio, SPEEDY MISSILE keeps Hakim and his valuable 3kg claim and if he is close enough when thing get interesting, he will be hard to hold out. On the E Course, leaders always have a say and last start winner - LEGEND OF THE SUN - has to be kept safe as are that two raced newcomers from Australia in ROYALTY and CHIEF OF ARMY with market best guide. Betting Strategy - LEGEND OF THE SUN each-way.

1 LEGEND OF THE SUN *** Last start win on the Poly but can lead and be hard to run down on the E Course. 8.00

2 ROYALTY *** Former Australian who arrived with two wins from 11 career starts and can consider on the back of a good local trial. 12

3 ABSOLVIDO ** Form reads badly but showed glimpses late last start so could be on the improve in a race that suits with winkers added. 12

4 BOOMBA *** Resuming after winning Group 3 Golden Horseshoe. Hard to beat on the back of a good trial. 2.20

5 SPEEDY MISSILE *** Honest, due and hard to hold out with Hakim 3kg claim. 6.00

6 CHIEF OF ARMY ** Won once over 1400m in Australia before arrival from two career starts. Market best guide on quiet trial. 20

7 DAY APPROACH *** Appreciates first up run and getting back onto the turf. Will figure. 8.00

8 WIND OF LIBERTY * Runs on when in the mood but may need longer. 33

9 SATURNO SPRING * Reassess over longer. 50

10 VALENCIA * Broke maiden status in Class 5 and should find this field too strong. 33

11 STREET PARTY ** Resuming on the back of a good trial. Gate will test. 12

12 GAMELY * Non-winner who is looking for easier with blinkers off for this. 20

13 BUURAQ *** Always a show in races like this and gets blinkers on the back of a good trial. Keep safe. 8.00

14 MAGNIFIQUE ** Lead last start and placed and expect much the same if he gets a start. 33

Race 4


An extremely ugly race for punters and while the tote will tell a tale on the day, it may pay to play this race with caution. From the top, DIAMOND MINE was due, gets to jump from gate 2 and he looks hardest to beat with downgrade to winkers. RAPID FIRE placed last start and while he is not the most reliable, that form should hold up from gate 4. LIFE IS GAMBLE just missed two back when ridden forward and if they can ride him positively from gate 10, he must be respected. WINNING HAMMER is perhaps the most honest horse on recent form in this race so he should figure and keep the first emergency - SPORTSCASTER - safe, as he is good enough to overcome the wide gate and win a race like this. Betting Strategy - small win DIAMOND MINE.

1 DIAMOND MINE *** Never involved from a wide gate last start but due to win a race like this and gets his chance from gate 2 with downgrade to winkers. 3.00

2 LOVING BABE * Will strip fitter for first up run but still needs to find a length or two. 33

3 M ELEVEN ** Has battled since recent win but gets blinkers and senior hoop so watch market. 12

4 ATLANTEAN ** Not a mile away last start on the back of a solid trial so worth thought this field from gate 3. 12

5 RAPID FIRE *** Can disappoint but drawn well and should back up last start placing with a forward run. 6.00

6 ALLEGRO * Freshened with blinkers off but should need longer. 12

7 LIFE IS GAMBLE *** Drawn wide but went forward and just missed two back and can consider if ridden positively. 8.00

8 KANTHAKA ** Maiden who should be competitive and Hakim helps but wide gate will test. 12

9 BEAUTY SPIRIT ** Resuming. Maiden who will appreciate Class 5 and blinkers on the back on an OK trial. 12

10 WINNING HAMMER *** In honest form and should figure prominently in this field. 8.00

11 TURF BEAUTY ** Lost form but gets gate 1 and pay to keep safe on best form. 20

12 GINGERMAN * Resuming after bleeding attack. Watch market as could sprint well fresh. 20

13 SPORTSCASTER *** Drawn wide and very disappointing with support last start but goes forward as a rule and can give a sight. 6.00

14 HOST THE NATION ** Veteran who finds himself in a weak enough race to play a part. 12

Race 5


Again, this race looks a raffle for punters with plenty of Class droppers who improve lengths on recent form and a maiden or two to watch with gates likely to play a big role. The tote is obviously going to give us a guide on the day and it wouldn't surprise if a horse like ARION PASSION starts favourite back in Class 5 given his excellent form this trip and Company not that long ago. SUPER SIX and THE BROTHERHOOD are two more Class droppers who can win in what is a suitable race and well worth a look. Two Mike Clements maidens in MOWGLI and BEYOND COMPARED are also in the mix in this Company and may be good value options. The winning chances don't stop there and LIM'S SHOT from gate 1 can win, with BIONICS and GOLDEN THUNDER also in the winning mix. Betting Strategy - watch market, SUPER SIX if each-way value.

1 ARION PASSION *** Might pay to ignore poor recent form as drops to winning Company and trip suits. Hard to beat. 5.00

2 MOWGLI *** Resuming after bleeding attack. Maiden who was due and can win on the back of a good trial. 6.00

3 SUPER SIX *** Another Class dropper who wins on best form with at the switch to Poly also in his favour. 8.00

4 THE BROTHERHOOD *** Has been competitive in Class 4 since Maiden in last year and very much appreciates Class 5. Big show. 4.00

5 BEYOND COMPARED ** Maiden who hasn't shown up at the races but Class 5 suits, as will this trip and track no trial form sans blinkers. Watch market. 12

6 BIONICS *** Did it tough last start from wide gate and happy to follow on Class 4 form prior with blinkers on for this. 12

7 GOLDEN THUNDER *** Drawn wide but just missed last start and have to respect. 12

8 LIM'S SHOT *** Never involved last start from wide gate but was due prior and can win from gate 1. 8.00

9 DUSSELDORF ** Has the speed to overcome wide gate and could give a sight at odds in this field. 12

10 RETALLICA * Struggled from a wide gate last start and expect much the same. 33

11 UNCLE LUCKY ** Hard to follow but gate 4 helps and could run a cheeky race on best form. 20

12 SUPERSONICSURPRISE * Battling away only. 50

13 NEW GARDEN * Backed up maiden win with a solid effort this grade (with support) so can follow although gate may test here. 33

Race 6


While the E Course usually doesn't suit back-markers and leaders on the rail can be hard to pass, class should prevail in this Kranji Stakes B event over 1400m and BIG HEARTED should be hard to beat. The Gold Cup winner just missed when running on strongly over 1200m when resuming and given the field he faces here over a more suitable trip, he is the one to beat but will be very short in the betting. However, he wont want to give the leader too big a start and PREDITOR or PASSPORT TO ROME from gate 1 and 2 respectively, could give a sight. Of the two, PASSPORT TO ROME could be the value runner given his recent form and if he does get an easy lead, Kellady may try to pinch this. Of the rest, ON LINE is too honest to leave out and blanket over the rest. Betting Strategy - banker BIG HEARTED, forecast with PASSPORT TO ROME.

1 BIG HEARTED *** Gold Cup winner who just missed when resuming over 1200m. Very hard to hold out. 1.40

2 PREDITOR ** Improved effort last start when leading over the mile and could try to pinch this. 7.00

3 PASSPORT TO ROME ** Appreciates first up run and work late suggest more to offer with more forward ride expected. 12

4 AUGUSTANO ** Backing up after poor run last start but best when leading and claim helps. 20

5 ON LINE ** Super honest and should figure in the mix. 6.00

6 SPECIAL KING * Resuming after a long break. No. 50

7 STRONG N POWERFUL ** Form starting to taper but recent trial suggest improvement likely. 20

8 IRON RULER * Did it tough when not far away in Class 4 last start but should need easier than this. 33

9 INHERIT * Eligible for easier but could run a cheeky race with no weight. 33

Race 7


These Class 5's are often a raffle but there is enough honest form in this race to be confident of a good betting affair with some value on offer. The two benchmarks are CLARTON SUPREME and BIG REGARDS who ran one-two in a similar affair last start and while drawn wide in gates 12 and 10 respectively, they should both go forward and figure prominently in this finish. LADY FAST has also drawn a tad awkwardly but she can also go forward, is due and really should win race like this so happy to follow. MASTER SOMMELIER is a maiden but is due and should figure prominently, STORM TO WIN looks a solid each-way play, while JUPITER DRAGON might not be suited by the E Course but will be running on strongly. One to watch at odds is the first emergency LIM'S PRIDE who is suited by the mile on turf and could sneak under a radar or two. Betting Strategy - LADY FAST win, saver on LIM'S PRIDE.

1 LADY FAST *** Battled away late last start but will appreciate the turf and mile looks ideal. Can win. 6.00

2 BIG REGARDS *** Just missed last start in similar affair and should be hard to beat with positive ride expected. 4.00

3 STORM TO WIN *** Struggling to win but will appreciate being back on the turf and worth thought from gate 1 with blinkers added. 12

4 LEGGENDA ** Maiden who wasn't a while away last start but still needs to find a length before considering. 20

5 CLARTON SUPREME *** In winning form, should go forward and be hard to run down again. 4.00

6 JUPITER DRAGON *** Nothing last start on the Poly but has been running on well on the turf and can play a part if race run to suit. 12

7 MASTER SOMMELIER *** Maiden who is due and handles the turf so should figure. 5.00

8 HOSAYLIAO ** Always some show, gate 2 helps and worth an each-way look. 12

9 RUMBLE * Fresh but battles. 50

10 ACCUMULATION ** Maiden who has re-found some form and will be running on late. 12

11 FLASH THE FLAG * Blinkers off but hard to have. 100

12 OCEAN ELEVEN * No. 100

13 LIM'S PRIDE *** Form better than it reads given this race looks ideal and could be value. Keep safe. 12

Race 8


While they can be hard to catch given the form lines, we love a Class dropper at Kranjiracing and OPTIMUM STAR is the horse to be on in this Class 5 Poly sprint. The 7YO gelding won five starts back in this Company and with Lerner to ride from gate 2, he can win this. But the race has depth and a last start maiden winner in HAPPY FRIDAY looks a horse to follow in Class 5 and the likes of BOY NEXT DOOR, GOLDEN DASH, SUPER GREAT and BROADWAY SUCCESS all come off last start placings in similar affairs to this so have to be respected. HIGH LIMIT is another that wins without surprising and go even wide in exotics. Betting Strategy - OPTIMUM STAR win.

1 BOY NEXT DOOR *** Like to see over longer but in the mix in similar affair last start so has to be respected. 6.00

2 HAPPY FRIDAY *** Broke Maiden status last start this trip and track and pay to follow from gate 3. 5.00

3 OPTIMUM STAR *** Ignore recent poor form as drops to recent winning Class and can win again. 6.00

4 GOLDEN DASH *** Showed last few why Class 5 is his caper and goes close from gate 4. 6.00

5 SUPER GREAT *** Another who has shown why Class 5 is his caper and has the pace to overcome wide gate and play a part. 6.00

6 HIGH LIMIT *** Drawn wide and back in trip but won similar affair two back so another to follow. 10

7 COMING FAST ** Can be tough to follow but will be odds and play to include in exotics. 33

8 BROADWAY SUCCESS *** Always a show on the Poly and 4kg claim won't hurt. Each-way. 10

9 FLYING YELLOW ** Backing up after winning over the mile last start but versatile so can follow with gate 1 a bonus. 12

10 MINHAAJ ** Solid without being a threat last start but always some hope in races like this. 20

11 THE WILD PRINCE * Lost form. 50

12 ANPANMAN * Won two back but wide gate tested last start and expect the same. 20

Race 9


Nothing jumps off the page in this Class 4 Poly dash to win but given it also lacks depth, we can narrow the chances down to three or four horses. BRIGHT ALMIGHTY looks the obvious pick on paper given he is due and his only win in Singapore was this trip and track. WINNING HOBBY is also on good form and appreciates jumping from a better gate today after a tough run last start, so he should figure. The first emergency - MAN OF MYSTERY - has to be seriously considered after being in the mix last start and the 4kg claim from gate 5 can't hurt. But the one that may beat them all is SONGGONG HERA on the back of a very good trial. The 4YO is yet to place in Singapore from three starts but he looked to have some in hand last start (ride queried concluding stages) and his subsequent strong trial suggests he is ready to win with Beasley up. AL GREEN and KISS YOUR SONG for exotics. Betting Strategy - SONGGONG HERA strong win.

1 RED ROVER * Form reads badly but drops in Class, race suits and claim helps. Watch market. 33

2 BRIGHT ALMIGHTY *** Foot on the till, race suits and will figure. 3.00

3 KISS YOUR SONG ** Battled away in similar affair last start but always a show in races like this and gate one helps. 10

4 MR HOOPER * May need longer to win but always some show in Class 4 at odds. 33

5 SONGGONG HERA *** Ride (concluding stages) queried last start and can seriously consider on the back of a strong trial. 3.00

6 WINNING HOBBY *** In the mix after tough run last start and should figure with tongue-tie added from better gate. 6.00

7 LIM'S KNIGHT * Can never discount on the Poly but gate will hurt on recent form. 20

8 AL GREEN ** Finds it hard to win but honest and can figure with luck from awkward gate. 9.00

9 IRONCLAD * Needs longer and turf. 50

10 BIG MARY * Backing up after battling run in this Company and may need easier. 33

11 THOMAS DE LAGO * Battling only on recent runs but some hope on best form with market best guide. 20

12 DECRETO * Recent win in Class 5 and that looks his caper. 33

13 MAN OF MYSTERY *** In the mix in similar affair last start and has a big say with 4kg claim in this field. 4.00

14 HADEER ** Resuming on the back of a quiet trial. Should need longer but has first up form so keep safe in exotics at odds. 33

Race 10


Race tactics will play a part in this Class turf mile with ASAAD the likely leader but plenty of winning hopes drawn inside him. SO HI CLASS (gate 1), DANCING RAIN (2), SILENT PARTNER (4) and SPIRIT OF BIG BANG (5) are all in very good form, can all win and it might be a case of whoever gets the gun run on ASAAD's back that wins. Hopefully SILENT PARTNER gets more luck than he did last start and the race looks ideal to knock in a win, while DANCING RAIN looks the biggest beneficiary of the better gate and he should figure prominently. But as mentioned, ASAAD could try to pinch this on the E Course and is well worth a look at hopefully value and it will be wise to watch for any late jockey instructions on the day on all runners. Betting Strategy - SILENT PARTNER win, saver on ASAAD.

1 TRUMPY * Class 3 helps - as does experienced hoop - but may need longer to show his best. 33

2 SKY ROCKET ** Ran on to be in the place mix last start and could consider with more positive ride expected from gate 3. 12

3 SILENT PARTNER *** Forgive last start (no run entire straight) and can seriously consider on form prior in right race. 5.00

4 EXCEED NATURAL * Needs to find a length or two before considering. 33

5 SO HI CLASS *** Recent wins in Class 4 but competitive this Company and gets the favours from gate 1. 10

6 SPIRIT OF BIG BANG *** Hard to fault form and three career wins over this trip so hard to hold out. 3.00

7 DANCING RAIN *** In form, will race handier from the good gate and can win. 3.50

8 SOLO SUN * Prefer on the Poly. 33

9 ASAAD *** Up in Class but can lead and could give a sight on a course that suits. 8.00

10 WHISTLE GRAND ** Will be running on strongly but will need race to suit swoopers. 20

11 AUGUSTUS ** Another that will be running on with no weight but may need easier. 33

Race 11


Obviously it would have paid to watch for any bias on the E Course in the earlier races but as it stands, KNIGHT LOVE will race on the pace from gate 1 and looks the horse to beat on best form. True, the US-bred 4YO has been very disappointing of late but with a switch to turf recommended after his last start failure, he gets one more chance but fair odds would be appreciated. There is plenty of plenty of depth to this race though and THE MARKSMAN is due, gets blinkers and can win with Beasley up, while last start winner - WAR PRIDE - also gets blinkers and more than handle the turf. A raced newcomer from the UK in MYSTERY POWER is also worth a look, as is his stablemate - RONALDO'S DREAM - first up after his debut win. The big improver is VALOROUS (late So You Too) who drops in Class and could run a race at bolters odds. Betting Strategy - KNIGHT LOVE win, saver on VALOROUS.

1 VALOROUS *** Late So You Too. Significant drop in Class and could run a big race with positive ride on the back of a good trial. 12

2 WAR PRIDE *** In winning form, can lead and can win again on the turf with blinkers added. 5.00

3 THE MARKSMAN *** Is due, gets blinkers added and gets his chance on the turf. 4.00

4 KNIGHT LOVE *** Very disappointing at his last couple but switch to turf looks a good move and gate 1 helps. Give one more chance. 4.00

5 MYSTERY POWER *** Two-time winner from the UK where he mixed in good Company. Local trials good enough to consider with market best guide. 8.00

6 RONALDO'S DREAM *** Resuming after solid win at Singapore debut in Maiden Company. Claim won't hurt and watch for support. 8.00

7 CHARGER ** Gate could test but always some show in Class 4 with tongue-tie added for this. 20

8 FIRST CHIEF ** Gate a concern but excuses last start and subsequent trials good enough to run a race at odds. 33

9 QIJI DIAMOND ** Resuming after finding it tough after maiden win. Recent trial suggests improvement. 20

10 HEALTHY STAR * Has ability but prefer on the Poly over shorter. 33

11 HOTSHOTS SLAM * Ran on solidly without being a threat last start and might be looking for easier. 20

12 I'M A CONQUEROR * Took a drop to Class 5 to show form and that company is his caper. 20

13 BOOM SHAKALAKA ** Another last start Class 5 winner up in grade but recent trial good and should be competitive. 12

14 SUN TREK *** Battled after tough run last start but can lead and give a sight on the turf. 8.00