An odd month of racing in Singapore with Friday night racing only due to the current Covid-19 circumstances and the Group 1 Singapore Derby to be rescheduled with an announcement due soon.
But the game goes on - which is great news - and Friday sees some terrific Poly racing that includes a Class 1, 2 and 3 to keep punters happy.
All three races look beauties on paper and the Class 2 mile (race 5) in particular should be an intriguing affair with YULONG EDITION hoping to continue his winning form in a race that suits.
The 5YO has won five from twelve since arriving in Singapore and his last start turf win in KSA Company suggests he is in career best form and with Duric replacing Woodworth, he could give a sight and be hard to beat.
But most others win without surprising and BLACK JADE resuming is suited the trip and track, while DIAMOND BEAUTY is up in grade but has to a show with no weight.
KING LOUIS hasn’t won since 2018 but a rare Poly run could see a result in this Company and KARISTO’s only win in Singapore was this trip and track and showed last start on the turf why he is always a threat.
The Class 1 Poly sprint (race 7) is also a cracker and while it’s hard to go past MY DREAMLINER who is in rare form, SKYWALK kept him honest last start and has the better record over 1200m.
Best Bets: (PRIME TIME race 6, win), (STORMY VIEW race 2, value), and (MIGHTY GENERAL race 9, value).
Bankers for Jackpots: Race 6 (4), race 7 (2, 3, 5, 6 and 9), race 8 (5 and 10), race 9 (1, 2, 3, 4 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; 6 RED ROAR - 7 MONTOYA - 10 EVIL SPEEDO - 4 AMAZING MAN
Without exaggeration, you may not find a worse race than this in 2020. So much so that a horse who is yet to place in ten career starts in RED ROAR may start the even money favourite. Being a 4YO, he has fewer convictions than most and also has enough speed to be in front for a very long way in this very weak field. The horse that may run him down is MONTOYA who placed three back and did it tough enough last start to give this a shake from gate 3. Nothing else appeals, although EVIL SPEEDO had excuses last start and his trial prior to that run suggested he was improving, while AMAZING MAN first up might find 1200m to his liking. TUSCAN ARTIST, ATTENTION and MY MIRACLE for exotics. Betting Strategy - RED ROAR, MONTOYA forecast.
1 SHOW ROYALE * Right grade but looks a battler. 50
2 POROSHIRI * Not a mile away last start in this grade but usually struggles and wide gate will test. 20
3 FIGHT MY WAY * Rarely beats a runner home. 50
4 AMAZING MAN ** Resuming and should need longer but this race may be weak enough for a result with market best guide. 8.00
5 LEGENDARY ERA * Didn't need the wide gate. 33
6 RED ROAR *** Maiden who has speed and may not get a better chance than this. 2.50
7 MONTOYA *** Did it tough last start and work home good enough to win a race like this with gate 3 a bonus. 3.00
8 TUSCAN ARTIST ** A better option on the turf but good enough on his day to play a part in this field. 6.00
9 ATTENTION ** Maiden whose form is perhaps a tad better than it reads and worth thought in exotics at odds. 20
10 EVIL SPEEDO ** Form reads badly and drawn wide but excuses last start and gets blinkers so keep safe. 20
11 GOLDEN SHOW * Struggling. 50
12 YOU ARE SPECIAL * Gets blinkers and OK three back but battles as a rule. 33
13 MY MIRACLE ** Improved effort last start and gate 1 helps. Exotics. 20
14 BELL AIR * No prince. 50
Selections; 9 KHARISMA - 11 THE SHADOW - 12 STORMY VIEW - 1 WAR FRONTIER
An interesting Restricted Maiden with three newcomers that have shown enough at the trials to have a say on debut and three of the raced brigade coming off last start placings. Of those that have raced, KHARISMA looks to have run into a good one last start and will win a race sooner than later and is hard to beat in this field from gate 1 with John Powell up. WAR FRONTIER and FORT MUSTANG also both finished runner-up last start and while WAR FRONTIER looks one to follow and gets Rodd, FORT MUSTANG placed in a weak on and needs to back up that effort before considering. Of the debutantes, THE SHADOW and GNOTHI SEAUTON have to overcome wide gates but have looked useful at the trails, as has GALLANT BLACK with the market best guide on that trio. Keep STORMY VIEW safe at odds back on the Poly with a nice trial under his belt and ACHIEVED MORE may also be a solid value option. Betting Strategy - KHARISMA strong win, saver on STORMY VIEW at odds.
1 WAR FRONTIER *** First up after improved effort when placing last start on the turf. Has to be respected. 8.00
2 ACHIEVED MORE *** Green when resuming and improves for the run. Placed on the Poly on debut and worth serious consideration here. 12
3 FORT MUSTANG ** Gave a sight last start in a weak field but must be considered on that improved effort. 12
4 PHAXE * Blinkers off and battles as a rule but best effort was on the Poly and has been freshened. 100
5 COMMUNICATION * Form poor but may improve on the back of a solid recent trial. 100
6 SILVER SWORD *** Battled late last start over the mile on turf but placed two back in similar race to this so worth thought. 20
7 GALLANT BLACK *** NZ-bred 3YO who showed enough at his local trial to consider in this field on debut. 12
8 GNOTHI SEAUTON *** NZ-bred 3YO who has to overcome a bad gate on debut but trials good enough to play a part in this finish. 12
9 KHARISMA *** No match for good winner last start but looks a handy type who is hard to beat from gate 1. 2.00
10 NEW GARDEN * Nothing on debut but may improve for the effort. 50
11 THE SHADOW *** Australian-bred 3YO who has looked capable at the trials and Duric helps from wide gate. 5.00
12 STORMY VIEW *** Form reads badly but recent trial was good and will very much appreciate being back on the Poly. Value. 20
13 BEAUTY LUCK * No. 100
14 AVOCADO * Struggled at two race starts but gets winkers and recent trial OK so can improve. 50
Selections; 2 MOONGATE STAR - 4 GAMELY - 1 TENYATTA - 6 MEGA GOLD
An odd race where the highest rated and weighted horse is the second emergency and if indeed AL GREEN gets a start, he could easily win back on his preferred surface. But as its stands, MOONGATE STAR looks very hard to beat on recent form. The progressive 3YO is more than up to winning in Class 4 and this field doesn't look overly strong so he will be very hard to hold out late with a good run expected from gate 2. The danger may be GAMELY who backed up an overdue maiden win with a solid run and he should figure prominently throughout from gate 3, while last start maiden winner - MEGA GOLD - will find this tougher but has to be respected with M Rodd retaining the ride. Keep TENYATTA safe, as he was never involved at his Singapore debut after a barrier incident, with STAR EMPIRE, HELUSHKA and ELITE BEAST for exotics. Betting Strategy - MOONGATE STAR strong win.
1 TENYATTA ** Had some support when never involved after gate incident at Singapore debut. Keep safe. 12
2 MOONGATE STAR *** Progressive 3YO who runs on strongly and should be hard to hold out. 2.00
3 STAR EMPIRE ** Recent win over the mile but versatile, has trialled well recently and always some show in this Company. 12
4 GAMELY *** Backed up maiden win with good enough run to keep safe in this field with gate 3 a bonus. 5.00
5 HELUSHKA ** Has found form over longer but versatile and should run into exotics late. 20
6 MEGA GOLD ** Backed up solid debut with a nice enough win - albeit in a weak field. Gate could test in this Company. 5.00
7 I'M A CONQUEROR * Maiden who improved two back but reverted to type last start on wet track. Take on trust with tongue-tie off. 33
8 KA CHANCE * Last start better than the result and may run on well late but like to see easier. 33
9 LINCOLN COUNTY * Best run in Singapore was on the Poly but tested as a rule. 50
10 DRONE * The odd good run and gate 1 helps but usually disappoints. 33
11 CLASSIFIED * Only battled last but work late two back was OK. Should need easier. 50
12 ELITE BEAST ** Recent win was in Class 5 but always some show on the Poly. 20
13 RED CLAW * Competitive on his day but took drop to Class 5 to find form and that may be his caper. 33
14 AL GREEN *** Best form over 1000m but drops to Class 4 and always a show on the Poly. 4.00
Selections; 8 WITHOUT PREJUDICE - 3 CLARTON STAR - 7 BRING ME JOY - 11 GOLDEN SPARK
While this race is the second division of the Class 5 Poly sprints, thankfully it is a tad better than race 1 but still a weak affair. BRING ME JOY is probably the benchmark on recent form and while he only battled last start, his efforts (including a well deserved win) prior has him in the mix here. WITHOUT PREJUDICE had excuses last time out - he reared and missed the start and also ran into traffic - and he looked due prior so gets his chance from gate 2 with Munger up. GOLDEN SPARK just missed last start and has been in good enough form prior to give this a shake, while Duric on CLARTON STAR suggests he has a say in the finish dropping back to 1200m. Include numbers 4, 5, 6 and 9 in exotics. Betting Strategy - WITHOUT PREJUDICE small win.
1 EDDIE GRAY * Has been trialling OK of late but race form this preparation has been ordinary. 20
2 STELLA POLARE * Resuming and looks a battler. 33
3 CLARTON STAR *** Solid without being a threat of late but this race is weak enough to consider back over 1200m with Duric a factor. 6.00
4 HORSE KING ** Improved effort last start and pay to keep safe in this field. 12
5 MA BAO BAO ** Maiden who reverted to type last start but placed two back in a similar weak race to this so can consider. 8.00
6 MY WIN ** Issues (heart) last start and did look to be going OK prior so worth thought with one eye on the market. 8.00
7 BRING ME JOY *** Only battled last start but hard to hold out on form prior in this weak field. 4.00
8 WITHOUT PREJUDICE *** Excuses last start (reared and traffic issues) and did look due prior so can win this. 5.00
9 HEE'S FORTE ** Had a few issues of late (respiratory) but goes OK on his day and some hope in this field if right. 20
10 DARK KNIGHT * Battling and didn't need wide gate. 50
11 GOLDEN SPARK *** In the mix last start and a repeat would have him winning in this field. 6.00
12 WEST NORTH HILL * Battler who gets a tongue-tie but may need more than that. 50
13 TIGER BOSS * No. 100
14 ALWRICH * No. 100
Selections; 2 YULONG EDITION - 4 BLACK JADE - 5 KARISTO - 8 DIAMOND BEAUTY
An extremely tricky Class 2 Poly mile with most having winning hopes on current or best form and obviously tactics play a part in this small field. The most interesting runner is KING LOUIS who, while not in our top four picks, may just have found a winnable race after his good run of form at the top level has tapered of late; he hasn't raced often on the Poly and hasn't won since 2018 but could surprise. But YULONG EDITION should start favourite given he won last start on the turf, handles the Poly and Duric with 56.5kg looks a good combination. BLACK JADE resuming in a very suitable race on the back of some good trials also appeals, while DIAMOND BEAUTY with 50kg could show up after having excuses last start. Keep KARISTO safe as his only win in Singapore was this trip and track and just missed on the turf last start. Betting Strategy - YULONG EDITION win.
1 KING LOUIS *** Form tapering but will find this Company easier and placed at only run on the Poly which was also over this trip. Gets blinkers and could surprise. 6.00
2 YULONG EDITION *** Has 4 extra kg to carry on last start turf win but down in grade and has a good record on the Poly this trip. Can win. 3.00
3 SACRED REBEL * Query the trip and have to take on trust on recent form. 33
4 BLACK JADE *** Resuming after just missing at Group level this trip and track. Goes close on the back of good recent trials. 4.00
5 KARISTO *** Just missed last start on the turf and only win in Singapore was this track and trip. Big show. 4.00
6 SUPER DYNASTY ** Battling of late but handles the trip and track with gate 1 a factor. 15
7 PER INPOWER * Battling at his last three starts but a switch to the Poly where he has a good record could see improvement at odds. 33
8 DIAMOND BEAUTY *** Looked to have plenty in hand last start after traffic excuses and should handles the surface so worth thought with no weight. 6.00
Selections; 4 PRIME TIME - 2 LAI MAK MAK - 5 ELISE - 11 JK FORMIDABLE
A weak group of Class 4 horses with the bottom half of the field looking for Class 5. The one progressive horse is the resuming PRIME TIME who should be better than most (if not all) of these. The 3YO was consistent last preparation and just missed in Novice company last start; if ready to go he has found a poor quality Class 4 and will be hard to hold out. Nothing else jumps off the page but while ELISE's recent form has been moderate, he is proven in this company, blinkers go back on and getting down in weights he can give a sight with a positive ride. LAI MAK MAK is far from reliable but he won one of these three starts back and can show up. JK FORMIDABLE has not been far away at all three outings since resuming and whilst poorly drawn, this field is more like the Class 5 animals with whom he is competitive. If the emergency OVERCOMING gets a run he will be competitive. Betting Strategy - PRIME TIME strong win.
1 CAPTAIN SINGAPORE * Distanced at first Singapore outing but that was in good Company. Needs longer. 50
2 LAI MAK MAK ** Struggled on poly over 1000m last start. Won one of these three starts back and extra distance helps. Extra distance helps. 8.00
3 LORD O'REILLY * Hasn't won for a long time. Needs to improve. 33
4 PRIME TIME *** Resuming. Was consistent last preparation and just missed in Novice company last start. Well placed this company. Hard to hold out. 1.60
5 ELISE ** Preferred the turf but blinkers go back on, getting down in weights and can give a sight with a positive ride. 8.00
6 WHISTLING WIN * Tested on recent efforts. 33
7 KING MIDAS ** Maiden which placed on debut in NZ but struggled subsequently. Local trial was solid. Watch market. 20
8 ROBIN HOOD * Battling and best form is over longer. 20
9 BEER GARDEN * Only win was at trip but has only battled at recent outings. 20
10 DREAM COMES TRUE ** Hasn't won for well over two years but recent Poly efforts OK. 33
11 JK FORMIDABLE ** Not far away at all three outings since resuming. Poorly drawn and better in Class 5 but has found a weak race. 8.00
12 ROMAN CLASSIC * Battled in Class 5 last start. Better in that company. 33
13 OVERCOMING ** Won Class 5 over this trip last start. Racing soundly and will get a good run in this moderate field. 8.00
14 ALLEGRO * Only wins are at 1600m on turf. In form but will find these too sharp. 33
Selections; 2 SKYWALK - 5 MY DREAMLINER - 9 STAR OF JUPITER - 6 GINGERELLA
A very handy field of Class 1 Poly sprinters do battle over 1200m. SKYWALK rarely runs poorly, he ran MY DREAMLINER close last start and over his preferred trip of 1200m, he can go one better. MY DREAMLINER has a great record up to 1100m and beat SKYWALK last start; he did however fail at 1200m at his only previous attempt and could be suspect late. STAR OF JUPITER resumed well and his subsequent trial was strong; he was a useful sprinter in Australia before arrival and with no weight will be closing late. NOWYOUSEE has had a short break but trialled well and his form in similar company is very consistent; with Marc Lerner staying aboard, a good gate and a 2kg drop in weight he will be near the speed throughout. GINGERELLA will relish getting back on the poly having won both outings on the surface and from the good gate she can be a nuisance for a long way. Include MURAAHIB in exotics, Betting Strategy - STAR OF JUPITER each-way.
1 WAR AFFAIR * Returned a roarer last start. Will find these too sharp. 50
2 SKYWALK *** Rarely runs poorly and has a good record at this trip. Will run on for Michael Rodd on the back of a nice trial. 3.00
3 NOWYOUSEE *** In good form and freshened by recent trial. Will be prominent for a long way. 6.00
4 CONSTANT JUSTICE * Needs to improve but appreciates the Poly. 100
5 MY DREAMLINER *** Has won three of four since resuming and beat a similar field last start over 1100m. Beaten only previous 1200m start but well treated here and will be hard to run down. 3.00
6 GINGERELLA *** Won when resuming but has had lameness issues at past two outings. Freshened and has won both polytrack outings. Will be prominent from good gate. 12
7 AUGUSTANO * Has only battled since resuming. Better suited this trip and can run on. 33
8 LIM'S SAMURAI * Broke through for first win in a long time last start on turf. Will find this harder. 33
9 STAR OF JUPITER *** Resumed well and subsequent trial was strong. Has no weight and will be closing late. 5.00
10 MURAAHIB ** Racing well and visor may help. Not far away last start and should be prominent from the good gate on his preferred surface. 12
11 LIM'S MAGIC * Tested. 100
Selections; 5 SACRED GIFT - 10 WATCH OUT BOSS - 11 HUGO - 3 DRAGON DUKE
Most of these are Class 3 journeymen, which tips the scales toward the improving horses just out of Class 4. Most prominent of those is SACRED GIFT who has won three of four starts in Singapore - all at 1000m; he goes up in grade but drops 3kg and from the good gate with Vlad Duric will be hard to beat. WATCH OUT BOSS has no such worries at the trip, fought on last start in this grade after winning three Class 4's from his previous four outings; well drawn, he should be handy and looms as the danger. Of the others DRAGON DUKE can win on best Poly form, MAGNUM KING will run on, HUGO will be prominent and both AUTUMN RUSH and NOVA VOCAL are capable of surprise. Keep STREET CRY SUCCESS safe as while he has failed at both poly outings in Singapore, he had a good record in Australia and with a senior rider back on can improve from gate one. Betting Strategy - forecast SACRED GIFT and WATCH OUT BOSS.
1 AUTUMN RUSH * Dropped in grade last start but only battled. Has won three times at this trip and with 4kg claim can improve. 20
2 THE BIG EASY * Resuming. Last win was in this grade. Poorly drawn but claim helps. Watch market. 50
3 DRAGON DUKE ** Has been freshened after two moderate efforts in this grade. Well drawn and capable of improvement. 8.00
4 NOVA VOCAL ** Resuming. Has changed stables. Trialled well and last win was this class and distance. Watch market. 12
5 SACRED GIFT *** Promising type which has won three of four starts in Singapore. Up in grade but drops 3kg and from good gate with Vlad Duric hard to beat. 3.00
6 STREET CRY SUCCESS ** Caught wide and only battled last start following Class 4 win on turf. Gate 1 helps but take on trust. 12
7 SUPER FORTUNE * Appreciates this grade but better on turf over 1200m. 50
8 ARC TRIUMPH * Won Class 4 three starts back but has found this grade harder. Could improve back on the Poly. 33
9 MAGNUM KING ** Late Fulife King. Caught wide last start and was slowly away at start prior. Poorly drawn but can run on. 8.00
10 WATCH OUT BOSS *** Fought on last start in this grade after winning three Class 4's from previous four outings. Well drawn and should be handy. 4.00
11 HUGO ** Hit the wall late in similar affair last start but form good and happy to follow. 8.00
12 LIM'S KNIGHT ** Shared lead throughout to win narrowly last start. This is harder but should be prominent. 25
13 KISS YOUR SONG ** Resuming. Trialled well but places more than wins. 20
14 SURGE ** Not disgraced at first Class 3 run following back to back Class 4 wins. Will be prominent back on the Poly. 12
Selections; 2 MY EVEREST - 1 MIGHTY GENERAL - 3 ROYAL PAVILION - 4 SWEET ANGELINE
There are several with upside in this Class 4 sprint and with a couple of interesting newcomers, the market will be a good guide. On recent revealed form, the ZL Mok-trained MY EVEREST is the one to beat. The 4YO was runner-up over 1200m on debut before bolting in over 1000m last start; he drops 1kg in higher grade but with Michael Rodd to ride has the speed to cross and will be hard to pass. Of the two raced-newcomers, SWEET ANGELINE is a 3YO filly who has trialled well and despite and awkward gate can show up for Vlad Duric, while MIGHTY GENERAL has also trialled well with market best guide. Of the others that win without surprising, ROYAL PAVILION is a consistent performer in this grade and will be running on strongly, while the two emergencies - CHARMING DIAMOND and LORD JUSTICE - both have good form in weaker company but are progressive types. Betting Strategy - MY EVEREST win, saver on MIGHTY GENERAL.
1 MIGHTY GENERAL *** Former UK galloper who has trialled well locally. Only win in six starts was by 8 lengths at Chester over 1525m. Watch market. 8.00
2 MY EVEREST *** Bolted in last start in Maiden company. Will find this harder but drops 1kg and with Michael Rodd has the speed to be prominent throughout. 3.00
3 ROYAL PAVILION *** Has been freshened. In good form. Gets back but will be closing late. 5.00
4 SWEET ANGELINE *** Former Australian who has been trialling well locally. Won Hawkesbury Maiden over 1300m from six starts before arrival. Awkwardly drawn but can debut well for Vlad Duric. 4.00
5 IMPERIUM ** Ran on last start but has been finding it hard to win. Up to 1200m with Shafrizal claim may help. 8.00
6 OL MATE BUZZER * Sat wide with cover and ran on solidly last start. Well drawn and can figure but may need easier. 14
7 SUPER RAY * Battled last start when resuming after bleeding attack. Gate no help. 50
8 HERO STAR ** Followed up Class 5 win with solid effort over 1000m. Should be competitive. 16
9 GOOD LUCK CHARM ** Led before fading last start. Battling away OK since Maiden win five starts back but should be prominent. 20
10 SOUTHERN WIND * Has done nothing since resuming. 50
11 SUPERSONICSURPRISE * Needs Class 5. 33
12 WISAKA * Blinkers off but hasn't beaten a runner home at past three starts. 100
13 CHARMING DIAMOND *** Improving 3YO who won a Class 5 last start and is worth following in this Company. 8.00
14 LORD JUSTICE *** Won Maiden comfortably last start, This is harder but has upside and may be value. 10