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Kranji's Saturday meeting preview

Meeting Preview, selections, comments and odds, courtesy Larry Foley, kranjiracing.com:

There won’t be many arguments that the Singapore Gold Cup is the biggest race in Singapore and while the big crowds won’t be in attendance at the track, the buzz on the day will be electric.

The winners will go down in history along side names like SMART BET, Laurie Laxon and Saimee Jumaat and there is no bigger honour in Singapore racing.

So who joins the greats?

Lee Freedman won the race last year with MR CLINT and the 6YO gelding looks some hope to go back-to-back in the Group 1 feature after returning to form in the QEII Cup.

Freedman also saddles MINISTER, SUN MARSHAL and OCEAN CROSSING and all four should play a part in the great race.

Michael Clements has yet to win a Gold Cup but given the Zimbabwean expat is having a stellar season and saddles two of the fancies in TOP KNIGHT and BIG HEARTED, he must be confident.

And while history is against TOP KNIGHT who has to carry the top-weight, BIG HEARTED on 50kg looks very well placed to run a big race at the handicap conditions.

There is a big chance that Freedman and Clements could train the first three or four over the line, however, Shane Baertschiger has also been having a breakout year at Group level and his stable star - ARAMAAYO - has to be some show to add another Group 1 to his 2020 season.

Elsewhere on the card, the combination of Mike Clements and Louis Beuzelin could have a big day with IRON RULER and PATTAYA hard to beat in races seven and nine respectively, while IMPLEMENT looks a solid each-way hope in race 6.

Best Bets: (PATTAYA race 9, win), (LOYALTY MAN race 8, value), and (BIG HEARTED race 10, value).

Bankers for Jackpots: Race 8 (1, 2, 3 and 4), race 9 (1, 2 and 5), race 10 (1, 2, 3, 5 and 13), race 11 (2, 3, 4, 7, 9, 11 and 15).

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.

Race 1

Selections; 3 FIDDLESTICK - 12 FIGHT TO VICTORY - 11 ALL WE KNOW - 7 CRU BOURGEOIS

Some consistent performers in the grade make this a competitive Class 5. FIDDLESTICK won one of these three starts back and battled away on the poly last start; his form since resuming has been consistent at this level and he will be prominent from the good gate. FIGHT TO VICTORY won one of these on the poly last start over 1200m, the 4kg claimer ZX Tan stays on and from gate 3 he will hard to pass. STAR EFFECT drops back to 1200m after being run down late over 1600m; he too has been racing well since resuming and with the 3kg claim for Zyrul should be in the finish. ALL WE KNOW is fitter for three outings and has made ground at his past two starts; a six-start Maiden, he placed twice last preparation and can run on. HERO STAR can improve after one start since dropping into Class 5 and a watch on CRU BOURGEOIS and other maidens in Class 5 Company. Betting Strategy - FIDDLESTICK win.

1 STAR EFFECT *** Drops back to 1200m after being run down late over 1600m. In good form since resuming and should be prominent. 4.00

2 WINNING LEGEND * Disappointed last start from wide gate. Better drawn here but best form on poly. 33

3 FIDDLESTICK *** Won one of these three starts back and battled away on poly last start. Will be prominent from good gate. 3.00

4 GLOBAL SPIRIT ** Yet to place in eight starts but wasn't far away in Maiden last outing. Well drawn and can show up in Class 5. 20

5 AUTUMN BLITZ * Will appreciate Class 5 but yet to show up in three starts and poorly drawn. 100

6 BALOR * Struggles to beat a runner home but another that could improve in Class 5. 100

7 CRU BOURGEOIS *** Placed at three of six starts in Maiden company and improves on recent form at first start in Class 5. Watch market. 8.00

8 HERO STAR *** Struggled at first outing in Class 5 (Poly) after dropping from Class 4 but should appreciate the turf. Keep safe. 12

9 NADEEM SAPPHIRE * Resuming. Hasn't won for a long time. Watch market. 100

10 TILSWORTH SYDNEY * Has shown nothing in three starts but could improve with blinkers. 100

11 ALL WE KNOW *** Maiden who had excuses last start when running on and can win a race like this. 12

12 FIGHT TO VICTORY *** Won one of these on poly last start. Rises 0.5kg and from good gate hard to pass. 4.00

13 JUST STARS ** Still a Maiden but has finished top four at past four outings. Poorly drawn but has speed. Turf a concern. 25

14 VOLUNTAD * Needs to improve. 100

15 ATLANTEAN * Needs to improve on recent efforts. 100

16 CAPONE * Yet to place in seven outings. 100

Race 2

Selections; 6 FOREVER GOOD - 4 LIM'S UNIQUE - 7 BARBARIAN - 10 DAVID'S STAR

A bunch of non-winners and crocks make up this Class 5 over 1200m. FOREVER GOOD resumed from an eight week break with a bold effort over this trip last start to run second; from gate 1 with Mark Ewe staying aboard, he only has to repeat the performance to be the one to beat. BARBARIAN was an expensive yearling but has only placed once in ten starts; that came when resuming and his two subsequent outings have been good enough to give him a chance in this field. LIM'S UNIQUE is another well-bred type with not much to show in seven outings but he did run fourth on the poly last start and has a similar placing on turf over this trip. DAVID'S STAR is far from reliable but capable of a good run at this trip sans blinkers on the back of a good trial. Betting Strategy - FOREVER GOOD small win.

1 WINNING MONSTER * Distanced at all four starts. Tested. 100

2 ACE HARBOUR * Did not show up when resuming and only win in 33 starts was at 1700m on Poly. 33

3 HOSAYLIAO * Drops back in trip after battling efforts at 1600m. Only win in 33 starts was at 1400m. 25

4 LIM'S UNIQUE *** Yet to win but wasn't far away in this class on poly last start. Poorly drawn but ran fourth over this trip six starts back, With blinkers back on can show up. Watch for support. 4.00

5 QINGDAO ** Placed when resuming. Far from reliable with one win from 37 starts but can run on. 10

6 FOREVER GOOD *** Led and was run down late last start. Has been kept fresh and should be prominent for a long way. 3.00

7 BARBARIAN *** $700K yearling with one placing in ten starts. Freshened since last outing and with blinkers off has the speed to be prominent. 4.00

8 MOON CHARM * Needs to improve on efforts since resuming. 50

9 COMMUNICATION * Tongue-tie off but struggles to beat a runner home. 100

10 DAVID'S STAR *** Hasn't won for 74 weeks but both wins are this trip and surface. Can improve on recent form sans blinkers on the back on a good trial. Keep safe. 12

11 MINGS MAN * Veteran capable in this class but better over 1400m. 33

12 SUN ELIZABETH * Struggled on poly last start but previous turf effort sound. Well drawn and should be handy. 12

13 PEGASUS JUNIOR ** Drops back in trip from 2000m but placed over 1200m two starts back. Capable of surprise in this field. 20

14 RICH FORTUNE * Hasn't won for a long time and gate no help. 100

15 EL MACHO * Has shown nothing in four starts. 100

16 BETHLEHEM * Has shown nothing in five starts. Needs longer. 100

Race 3

Selections; 7 ATLAS - 2 GLASGOW - 4 MCGREGOR - 1 AFALONHRO

A battlers affair over the mile where most are Class 4 journeymen who don't win out of turn. ATLAS has fewer convictions than most having won two of his seven starts and ran a solid second to a handy type in IMPERIUM last start. Being out of an O'Reilly mare, the 1600m shouldn't trouble ATLAS and given Cliff Brown is a good trainer of middle-distance horses, he might be the one with the upside. GLASGOW hasn't won for 80 weeks but is having his second outing since dropping into Class 4. This distance also suits and with the experienced John Powell to ride, he can overcome the gate and play a part in the finish. It has been an even longer time between drinks for the 10YO MACGREGOR but his recent poly form over this trip has been sound, his last win was in a KSB over this trip on turf and he can be in the finish with gate one a factor. Of the rest, AFALONHRO battled late last start but has trialled well since and this race suits, while MAGNIFICENT GOLD is an honest one-paced battler capable of getting in the money in this field - hopefully at odds. LEATHERHEAD, BASILISK and HARD TO THINK can be included in exotics in what is a wide-open race. Betting Strategy - ATLAS each-way.

1 AFALONHRO *** Caught wide and faded last start. Has trialled since. Poorly drawn but placed over this trip before arrival and can run on. 10

2 GLASGOW *** Having second outing since dropping into Class 4. Has won over this trip in better class and with John Powell can overcome the wide gate. 5.00

3 LEATHERHEAD ** Returned with respiratory issues last start (again). Won on poly this class and distance at start prior. Will be prominent if right. 14

4 MCGREGOR *** Hasn't won for a long time but recent efforts sound, trip suits and draws to do no work on the back of a good trial. 5.00

5 FORESTO * Freshened after some battling efforts. Trips suits with winkers to visor but best efforts are on poly. 25

6 BASILISK ** Efforts since resuming have been ordinary. Has placed over this trip and could improve from good gate. 10

7 ATLAS *** Racing soundly since resuming. Up in trip but out of well-bred O'Reilly mare and should be running on. 4.00

8 HARD TOO THINK ** Disappointed last start at first outing following Maiden win over 1400m. Suited this trip and can improve. 10

9 MAGNIFICENT GOLD *** Hasn't won for a long time but suited this class and distance and worked home well late last start. Will be running on. 8.00

10 KINABALU WARRIOR ** Broke through for Maiden win last start. This is harder but extra distance may suit. 25

11 ROYAL PAVILION * Ran on solidly last start. Up in trip and best form is on poly. 25

12 TIGER FORCE * Rider reported not striding out freely last start but needs to improve on recent efforts. 100

13 HELUSHKA * Trip suits but needs Class 5 and poly. 100

14 LEGEND ROCKS * Needs poly. 100

15 LORD OF CLOUD ** Better suited on poly but recent trial suggests he improves on recent form. 33

16 BREATHE FIRE * Best Singapore outing was this class and distance two back but gate no help. 33

Race 4

Selections; 4 RISE OF EMPIRE - 3 HEAVENLY DANCER - 9 MIEJ - 1 STREET CRY SUCCESS

Some handy types go around in this Class 4 over 1200m but the Shane Baertschiger-trained RISE OF EMPIRE looks the one the others have to beat. The Australian-bred 4YO has done well since coming to Singapore, was dominant last start in a similar race and while he has 3kg extra to carry, he is drawn well again and Maia stays on so can go on with it here. MIEJ is a well-bred type by Deep Field that bolted in last start and while this is much harder and the gate is no help, he looks to have plenty of upside with the market a good guide. HEAVENLY DANCER has won two of three career starts and was beaten by a handy one in BLUESTONE last start. So while the 4YO has drawn wide for this, he will be running on late with champion hoop, Vlad Duric, a factor. BEER GARDEN wasn't helped by the wide gate last start but still closed off well and given he is better drawn here, he could replicate his effort of two starts back where he led throughout and won. Of the others, beware the class dropper in STREET CRY SUCCESS who was outclassed in a Group I last start but his last win was this class and distance and include CHICAGO STAR and VULCAN in exotics. Betting Strategy - RISE OF EMPIRE win.

1 STREET CRY SUCCESS *** Outclassed in Group I last start. Last win was this class and distance. Can improve with John Powell from gate 2. 10

2 CHICAGO STAR ** Won one of these three starts back and fought on solidly to place last start. Poorly drawn but should be prominent. 14

3 HEAVENLY DANCER *** Has won two of three and beaten by a handy one last start. Gets back but will be running on. 5.00

4 RISE OF EMPIRE *** Beat a similar to this convincingly last start. Promising type, hard to pass from good gate. 3.00

5 WONDERFUL KNIGHT ** Might need easier to win and not often seen on the turf but always looks some hope. 33

6 BEER GARDEN *** Got a long way back from wide gate last start but ran on late. Better drawn here and can be prominent. 6.00

7 VULCAN ** Freshened since ordinary effort last start. Trialled well and placed behind BEER GARDEN two starts back. Gate may test. 16

8 THUNDER * Only battled last start and has found a strong race. 33

9 MIEJ *** Bolted in despite saddle slipping last start. Well-bred type by Deep Field out of a sister to Group I winner Brian Boru. Poorly drawn but has upside. 4.50

10 CENTURION * Freshened after ordinary effort last start. Needs longer. 50

11 I'M A CONQUEROR * Won Class 5 two starts back but struggled last outing. Needs easier. 100

12 DIAMOND MINE * Won Class 5 four starts back but has struggled since. Poorly drawn. Tested. 100

13 WHAT YOU LIKE * Won Class 5 four starts back and not disgraced subsequently but has found a strong race. 50

14 EASTIGER * Needs easier. 50

15 IRONCLAD * Won a Class 4 over 1400m five starts back but needs to improve on recent efforts. 50

16 CROWN GIFT ** Hasn't won for a long time but recent trial good and form solid so keep safe at odds. 100

Race 5

Selections; 7 DAY APPROACH - 3 SURE WILL DO - 10 ABLEST ASCEND - 1 BRUTUS

One of the strongest Novices in living memory with no less than seven last start winners. Of the numerous speedsters in the race, the Michael Clements-trained DAY APPROACH looks the hardest to beat. The 3YO NH Colt is yet to miss place in four outings, bolted in to win his Maiden over 1400m last start and with Vlad Duric to ride from a good gate, can sit off the likely fast speed and be too strong late. SURE WILL DO is coming off a good Maiden win, will get all the favours from gate 1 and with Simon Kok's claim, could be hard to pass. BRUTUS has to overcome a tough gate but he is a last start winner in this class – albeit on the Poly - and if Benny Woodworth can find cover off the speed, he will be hard to hold out. ABLEST ASCEND didn't need the widest gate but he is in best at the race conditions and his form since being gelded is very good, so keep safe. Of the others, YOU QIAN ZHUAN will find this easier than the Group 1 Guineas, RELENTLESS charged home to win his Maiden on the poly, has trialled since and a strong speed will suit and you can include BOOMBA and MACEO in exotics. Betting Strategy - DAY APPROACH win.

1 BRUTUS *** Freshened by solid trial after breaking though in this class last start. Poorly drawn but yet to miss a place in eight Singapore outings. 6.00

2 SPEEDY MISSILE * Bolted in over 1600m last start to win Maiden. Freshened and drops back in trip. Will run on but may need longer. 14

3 SURE WILL DO *** Won Maiden comfortably on debut over this trip. Will go forward and be hard to pass. 5.00

4 MACEO ** Bolted in on poly last start. Failed at only previous turf outing but has the speed to be prominent. 10

5 TRIPLE BOWL * Just missed over this trip three starts back in Class 4 and not disgraced subsequently. Will be running on but not suited at the weights. 20

6 SATURDAY * Best when leading and gate no help. 50

7 DAY APPROACH *** Bolted in last start. Shows promise and with Duric from a good gate will be hard to pass. 4.00

8 WINNING SPIRIT * Run down on poly over 1100m in Class 4 last start. Has speed but not helped by the gate. 25

9 YOU QIAN ZHUAN ** Resuming after Singapore Guineas failure. Placed over 1400m in Class 4 at start prior. Will run on. 20

10 ABLEST ASCEND *** Won Maiden over this trip and then just missed on poly last start over 1100m. Gate no help but in well enough at the conditions to keep safe. 12

11 RELENTLESS ** Came from a long way back to win Maiden comfortably last start on poly. Has trialled since and should be strong late. 8.00

12 BOOMBA ** Has been freshened since returning lame last start. Well-drawn and should be prominent. 15

13 SESON * Broke through for Maiden win last start. This is harder and poorly drawn. 25

14 KWOI HOI * By Danerich. Grand-dam is a sister to Kingston Town. Full relations Uptown Lilly and Uptown Lola are good winners. Trialled solidly but has found a tough race for debut. Watch market 33

15 NINETEEN GALE * Followed 1600m Maiden win on poly with placing over 1800m. Gets blinker and tongue-tie off but will find these too sharp. 50

16 CRYSTAL STAR * Will find this too hard. 100

Race 6

Selections; 3 ON LINE - 6 IMPLEMENT - 2 PER INPOWER - 10 GLOBAL KID

A Kranji Stakes C over the Gold Cup trip of 2000m and you would imagine a few of these would have been eyeing off a start in the feature. In fact ON LINE, LUCK OF MASTER and IMPLEMENT are emergencies one, two and three respectively in the big race, so scratching’s in the Gold Cup on the day will affect this race. But as it stands, ON LINE and IMPLEMENT both figured prominently in a race won by BIG HEARTED, who looks some in the Gold Cup and that form will hold up here. Not much separated the Mike Clements-trained pair on that occasion with IMPLEMENT leading and ON LINE on his flank throughout and both were more than honest to the wire and well and truly in the place mix. Vlad Duric staying with ON LINE is a pointer, however, IMPLEMENT loses nothing with Louis Beuzelin returning to the saddle. Mike Clements also has SO HI CLASS in the field and while he is probably better in Class 4, he had excuses last start and could run into the money with Ruan Maia up. Another that wins without surprising is PER INPOWER who drops from 1400m Class 2 Company. The 5YO ran on well to place over 1400m on that occasion and while tested at this trip, he gives every indication he will see the 2000m out strongly and will figure. Conversely, GLOBAL KID is up in Class but while he is yet to win in Singapore, his most recent win in Australia was over 2000m and he might provide some value with blinkers back off for this. As mentioned, LUCK OF MASTER is second emergency in the Gold Cup so has to be considered here but his last start win was in Class 4, while TIME LORD, AXEL and GOLAZO are three more to include in exotics. Betting Strategy - ON LINE win, saver on GLOBAL KID.

1 BLUE SWEDE * Veteran who has lost all form. 100

2 PER INPOWER *** Ran on well to place last start, in-form jockey helps and should figure. 5.00

3 ON LINE *** Did the work and ran on well to just miss a place over 1800m last start and should figure prominently again. 4.00

4 TIME LORD ** Returned to form and kept the winner honest on the Poly last start with some support. Keep safe. 7.00

5 LUCK OF MASTER ** Recent wins in Class 4 but competitive on his day this Company so can include in exotics. 12

6 IMPLEMENT *** Made the running and still involved late last start over 1800m and that form will hold up here. 4.00

7 SO HI CLASS ** Best of the rest with excuses not to finish closer last start and another to include in exotics. 12

8 AXEL ** Love to see in Class 4 but has been honest in this Company and expect much the same with blinkers to visor. 12

9 GOLAZO ** Run down on poly last start in Class 4. Trip suits but might need easier. 20

10 GLOBAL KID *** Up in Class an yet to win in Singapore but won this trip in Australia and could surprise with blinkers back off. 12

11 DON DE LA VEGA * Better in Class 4 but trip suits so another to keep safe in exotics. 33

12 MATSURIBAYASHI * Excuses not to finish closer on Poly last start but that was in Class 4 and prefer in that company. 33

Race 7

Selections; 6 IRON RULER - 8 MUSTENGO - 2 CENTENARY DIAMOND - 4 BUDDY BUDDY

While you can make a strong case for IRON RULER to go on with his winning ways, this race has plenty of depth so looking for value on the day might be the smart thing to do. But as it stands, IRON RULER looks a very progressive type and his last start win was very strong, so he is the one to beat. Yes, that win was on the Poly, but it was over the mile and the turf certainly holds no fears, so he can win again and is a horse to follow through the grades and distances. With the likes of BUDDY BUDDY and IRONCHAMP likely to set a decent clip out front, a backmarker in MUSTENGO may be the biggest danger. The 5YO looks ready to win and, with Ruan Maia up on a track that suits, he will be strongest late and may be each-way value. As mentioned, both BUDDY BUDDY and IRONCHAMP can lead and will be fighting all the way to the wire, while MO ALMIGHTY may also be a value option given his form is better than it reads and he will be strong late. CENTENARY DIAMOND is another that wins without surprising and given his good recent form and Vlad Duric to ride, he may even push for favouritism on the day. Betting Strategy - MUSTENGO each-way. 

1 LIMITED EDITION * Very much appreciates drop back to winning Class but tested at the trip and drawn wide so prefer others. 20

2 CENTENARY DIAMOND *** Foot on the till in similar affairs to this and will figure in the finish. 4.00

3 MO ALMIGHTY *** Last run better than the result and previous run was in the Derby so pay to keep safe. 20

4 BUDDY BUDDY *** Not far away at three runs this campaign, gets tongue-tie and could run a very bold race. 20

5 IRONCHAMP *** Did the groundwork last start so effort in back-markers race was good. Should give a sight. 6.00

6 IRON RULER *** Won very well on the Poly this trip last start after just missing on turf over 1800 start prior. Promising type and hard to hold out here. 3.00

7 TENYATTA * Race form since arriving has been ordinary but has trialled well recently so could improve. 50

8 MUSTENGO *** Swooper who will play a big part in this finish if race run to suit. 8.00

9 CIRCUIT STAR ** Nothing last start and finds it hard to win but usually thereabouts. 20

10 SUN SPEAR * Recent good form in Class 5 and gate will test here. 33

11 STREET PARTY ** Lack of winning form is always a concern but will figure late. 12

12 CATCH THE TIGER * Best work late last start was promising but like to see in Class 5. 33

13 PING PONG * Placed three back this trip and company but should need easier with winkers added for this. 33

14 AWESOME CONQUEROR * Recent solid form in Class 5 and better suited there. 33

15 LARRY * Appreciates first up run and step up in trip but should need longer again. 33

16 WHISTLE GRAND ** Has been showing plenty late in races to think he has plenty to offer in this Company so keep safe. 12

Race 8

Selections; 1 LOYALTY MAN - 3 CIRCUIT MISSION - 2 KARISTO - 4 THREEANDFOURPENCE

Like a few races today, Hall of Fame trainer, Lee Freedman, holds most of the aces with LOYALTY MAN, KARISTO and CIRCUIT MISSION all winning hopes. In fact there doesn't appear to be much between the trio, with perhaps the 3kg Iskandar claim on LOYALTY MAN the difference. The 8YO will certainly find this Company easier than the Raffles and QEII Cup’s and from gate 4 you would imagine the instructions will be to go forward and make every post a winner. CIRCUIT MISSION with Maia up could be the closer. The 5YO has worked home well at his last start two starts and given the lack of depth to this race, he may be handier in running and play a big part late. KARISTO had excuses last start and his form prior had been very consistent, however, he doesn't win out of turn so good luck if you can catch him. Away from the Freedman runners, THREEANDFOURPENCE will also find this race more suitable than the QEII Cup and given the mile is his most recent winning trip, he goes close with value on offer. The winning hopes fall away quickly, however, SINCERELY looks a handy enough type at three runs in Singapore and has to be respected, while INHERIT could be included in exotics stepping up to a more suitable trip. Betting Strategy - LOYALTY MAN win.

1 LOYALTY MAN *** Will find this easier than recent Group 1 racing and his effort in the Kranji Mile suggests he is hard to beat in this with forward run likely. 2.50

2 KARISTO *** Doesn't win out of turn but excuses not to finish closer last start and mile suits so has to be a show. 4.00

3 CIRCUIT MISSION *** Form reads badly but two runs this campaign better than they look in the form guide and would give this a shake on best form. 6.00

4 THREEANDFOURPENCE *** Outclassed in the QEII but this company over his most recent winning trip suits so pay to keep safe. 6.00

5 SINCERELY ** Looked the winner at stages late last start over 1400m and another to keep safe as the mile should hold no fears. 12

6 TESORO PRIVADO * Battling this preparation. 100

7 DESTROYER ECLIPSE * Has battled at his last two starts and wide gate suggests another day. 33

8 SKY ROCKET * Hard to have on recent form. 100

9 BIRAZ * Needs to find a few lengths before considering in this Company. 50

10 FEDERATION * Form reads badly but may improve over the mile with blinkers off. 33

11 INHERIT ** Nothing on the Poly over 1200m last start but placed start prior over 1400m and another that can improve at odds. 20

12 SACRED GIFT * Usually seen on the Poly over shorter and may need easier. 20

13 BOY NEXT DOOR * Struggling. 100

14 TERRIFIC * Long time between wins and needs easier but mile suits sans blinkers so could improve. 50

Race 9

Selections; 5 PATTAYA - 1 BLITZING - 2 GENTLEMEN AGREEMENT - 3 UNIVERSAL EMPIRE

With little or no depth to this Class 4 turf sprint, PATTAYA can add another win to his already solid CV. The 4YO has had only nine starts but given his two career wins have been in his last three runs, he is progressive and this field should hold no fears with a forward run expected from the wide gate. On recent form, GENTLEMAN AGREEMENT looks the benchmark and while 1400m looks his best trip, his recent win was over 1200m and with Vlad Duric to ride from gate 5, he should have every chance. Looking for improvers that could figure, an ex-Hong Kong gelding in BLITZING ticks a box or two. Yes, the 6YO hasn't managed a place at four starts since arriving, however, he drops to Class 4 for the first time, gets a 3kg Iskandar claim and could be ready to show his best with the market a very good guide. The only other horse that can win on exposed recent form is the second emergency - WILD BEE - but it will pay to keep UNIVERSAL EMPIRE first up after year off the track safe as he is trialling well and showed ability - albeit on the Poly - at his first campaign. The rest look better suited in something easier, although MY BOSS and UNCONQUERED can figure on best form and HOTSHOT SLAM looks the best of the recent Class 5 winners. Keep EL CHAPO safe in exotics at any old odds as he had excuses when running on last start. Betting Strategy - PATTAYA strong win, saver on BLITZING.

1 BLITZING *** Yet to fire a shot since arriving from Hong Kong but drops in Class, gets a 3kg claim and can win with one eye on the market. 6.00

2 GENTLEMEN AGREEMENT *** Disappointing last start (Poly) but will appreciate being back on the turf and should figure with Duric a pointer. 4.00

3 UNIVERSAL EMPIRE ** Resuming after a year off the track. Trialling well, has speed but best form on the Poly. Watch market. 12

4 UNCONQUERED ** Usually seen on the Poly but has speed and could run a cheeky race at odds. 20

5 PATTAYA *** Drawn a tad sticky but in very good form and hard to beat. 2.40

6 MY BOSS ** Only battled last start but won three back in similar affair and always some show. 20

7 TAX FREE * Recent good form on the Poly and wide gate will test in this field. 20

8 HOTSHOTS SLAM ** Took a drop to Class 5 to win but always competitive and will work home late. 12

9 SUN RECTITUDE Scratched. 

10 BROADWAY SUCCESS * Appreciates turf but recent wins in Class 5 and that looks his caper. 33

11 CHAMPAGNE FINALE * Excuses last start but may need longer to show his best in this grade. 33

12 LIM'S PRIDE * Winkers off but another that needs longer and easier. 33

13 EL CHAPO ** Excuses last start and work in straight suggests he is kept safe at odds from gate 2. 33

14 WELL DESERVED * Drawn wide and needs Poly and Class 5. 33

15 PROOF PERFECT ** Debris in trachea last start when dropping to Class 4 and worth another look. 20

16 WILD BEE *** Always a show in this Company and won two back this trip so has to be a show. 12

Race 10

Selections; 1 TOP KNIGHT - 13 BIG HEARTED - 3 MR CLINT - 5 MINISTER

The time-honoured Singapore Gold Cup and at the relatively recent revised handicap conditions, the race looks a beauty with many winning chances and tactics likely to play a big part in the result. Mike Clements has three guaranteed starters (and two emergencies) but it is the top-weight - TOP KNIGHT - who looks the horse to beat. The 5YO has only had one bad run of late, but given the slow early pace that day did not suit his running pattern, he only has to bring his last start Queen Elizabeth II Cup form to this to win again with 57kg a very fair weight. Like TOP KNIGHT, BIG HEARTED will need the race run to suit back markers but this Clements runner will relish 2000m with just 50kg and will figure late. Lee Freedman won this race last year with MR CLINT and will saddle four runners on Sunday, which includes MR CLINT who found form last start and has to be seriously considered. Likewise, SUN MARSHAL and OCEAN CROSSING have to be respected on recent form with the Freedman polish a factor, but it may be MINISTER who could dictate terms out front and be hard to run down if indeed the race is suited to the on-pace brigade. Of the others with winning hopes, ARAMAAYO is yet to win beyond 1600m and has drawn badly but has the runs on the board at Group 1 level and should figure with luck in running, while further down in the weights, GOLD STRIKE, SACRED CROIX, STRONG N POWERFUL and VITTORIA PERFETTA all can figure in the exotic mix at value. Betting Strategy - TOP KNIGHT win, saver on BIG HEARTED.

1 TOP KNIGHT *** Derby and QEII Cup winner who looks well-placed with 57kg and will be very hard to hold out if race run to suits swoopers. 3.00

2 ARAMAAYO *** Has two Group 1 mile wins to his name and while yet to win beyond that trip and drawn wide, he will work into this late. 6.00

3 MR CLINT *** Won this race last year with 53kg and returned to form last start in QEII Cup. Keep very safe. 6.00

4 SUN MARSHAL ** Very disappointing in the QEII but form prior good and gets a tongue-tie. Can figure. 20

5 MINISTER *** Drawn a tad sticky but will go forward and make his own luck. Big show if he can dictate terms. 8.00

6 PREDITOR * Just missed last start over 1400m but tested this trip and easier to ignore. 50

7 YULONG EDITION * Trip suits and gets tongue-tie and visor added but best form is when he can lead and gate will test. 33

8 GOLD STRIKE ** Form better than it reads with good work late in races and placed in this race last year with 50.5kg. Worth thought in exotics at odds. 33

9 TRUMPY * May have to declare himself the winner but solid late last start and could be the improver at long odds with 51.5kg. 100

10 OCEAN CROSSING ** Only Group run was a solid effort in the Derby but in honest form since and can figure. 20

11 SENOR DON * Took a drop to Class 3 and the Poly to win but could be competitive with soft run in transit. 33

12 SACRED CROIX ** In honest form and not a mile away from the money in this race last year. Exotics. 20

13 BIG HEARTED *** Drawn wide but showed last start that this distance is no worry and has form behind Inferno. Lightweight winning chance. 12

14 ELITE INCREDIBLE * Recent form reads badly but just missed in the Derby and could run a very cheeky race from gate 4 at long odds. 50

15 STRONG N POWERFUL ** Never travelled well last start on a heavy track but can consider on very honest form prior which includes a placing behind Inferno. 12

16 VITTORIA PERFETTA ** Drawn a concern but in good form and trip should not be an issue. 20

17 ON LINE ** Gave Big Hearted something to pass last start over 1800m and can figure here. 33

18 LUCK OF MASTER * Drawn the widest and recent wins in Class 4. 100

19 IMPLEMENT ** Another in the mix with Big Hearted last start when he lead and could run a cheeky race. 33

Race 11

Selections; 15 THE AUGUST - 2 EYE GUY - 3 PAX ANIMI - 4 LIM'S CRAFT

With no standouts on recent form in this Class 3 turf event over 1400m, it may pay to keep an eye on the late scratching’s to see if last start winner - THE AUGUST - gets a start as he can win again. The 5YO's form does read patchy at best at his four starts in Singapore, but he had excuses two back over this trip and his two wins either side of that effort have been easily good enough to win this. But as the field stands, EYE GUY will find this Company to his liking after two ambitious Group 1 runs and 1400m looks ideal sans winkers with a very forward run expected. PAX ANAMI is also suited over 1400m and given he never got involved last start in this grade, we could forgive and follow with Duric up, although the wide gate could test. LIM'S CRAFT also had excuses last start when not tested to the wire and he improves at odds on the back of a subsequent good trial, while we can also make excuses for WECANDO's poor last start effort and he figures on best form with Maia a factor. The chances don’t stop there with LIM’S ZOOM getting blinkers added to his gear suggesting a forward run is on the cards, while IRONSIDE very much appreciates gate 2 and gets his chance. EXCEED NATURAL down in grade, QUADCOPTER and WASSERGEIST just three more to include in exotics. Betting Strategy - THE AUGUST win, saver on EYE GUY.

1 EXCEED NATURAL ** Form reads very badly but two recent runs have been at WFA Group 1 level so appreciates the Company with tongue-tie off. 16

2 EYE GUY *** Another that will find this easier than Group 1 Company (Lion City Cup) and could give a sight in what is a suitable race with winkers off. 4.00

3 PAX ANIMI *** Drawn wide but last run better than the result, form prior good and recent win was this trip. Keep safe. 4.00

4 LIM'S CRAFT *** Form reads badly but ran into backsides late last start and has trialled well since. Watch at odds. 20

5 QUADCOPTER ** Might need easier to win but recent trial good and race suits so can figure. 12

6 LIM'S MIGHTY * Resuming after long break. Recent wins on the poly over shorter so market only guide. 33

7 WECANDO *** Did it tough at second run this campaign so happy to give another chance on first-up placing. 12

8 WASSERGEIST ** Excuses (respiratory) two back and OK late last start so can include in exotics. 20

9 IRONSIDE *** Has been honest without winning this campaign but happy to follow in this field with gate 2 a factor. 6.00

10 MR HOOPER * Good recent form on the Poly and prefer on that surface. 33

11 LIM'S ZOOM *** Doesn't win out of turn but gets blinkers added and a very forward run expected. 12

12 EASY DOES IT ** Excuses last start so happy to forget he went round and follow on each-way form prior. 20

13 LEGEND OF THE SUN * Has plenty of pace but battled late last start over 1200m and may be tested here. 33

14 CHARGER ** Drawn wide but ran on well three back this trip and company and expect much the same. 12

15 THE AUGUST *** Two wins in Singapore have been over 1200m but work late suggests 1400m no problem and can win if he gets a start. 5.00

16 LIM'S SAMURAI ** Form hopeless but will find tech easier than the Raffles Cup so market watch in order. 33

 

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