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Race analysis and race selections for Friday's racing at Kranji

Race 1

1st Pick: POROSHIRI (2)
A chance is taken with this Hideyuki Takaoka-trained runner in the first of the night. Not a strong race but there was plenty of merit in his run over a mile on the turf last time out. If he is able to translate that form to this surface, he is a fair chance of winning this over shorter. Has won a Polytrack trial. 
2nd Pick: MONTOYA (7)
The penny dropped late when last seen to collect some minor money. This opening race is not strong and with that in mind, this Copperbelt-trained four-year-old is one of the leading contenders.
3rd Pick: TUSCAN ARTIST (8)
Only success has been over the mile on turf but ran a nice race last time out and should be included for the multiples here. Stable in decent form.
4th Pick: RED ROAR (6)
Best of the rest in the starter of nine and wouldn't be any shock to see a good run. 

Race 2

1st Pick: WAR FRONTIER (1)
Put in a nice trial recently, expect good run.
2nd Pick: KHARISMA (9)
Polytrack is a query, but has the recent form to be going close in a race like this.
3rd Pick: THE SHADOW (11)
On debut. Trialled well in blinkers, monitor betting.
4th Pick: GNOTHI SEAUTON (8)
On debut. Strong late when ridden out in recent trial. Respect.

Race 3

1st Pick: STAR EMPIRE (3)
Interesting runner returning after a break. Last seen when last of eight in the Class 3 won by subsequent Group 2 winner Siam Blue Vanda when too keen early to see out the 1400m. His record over the course and distance is a good one and is now off a point lower than when last successful. Looked very good in a recent trial and does go well fresh. Forget his last start, this is a much more suitable race. Has every chance. 
2nd Pick: MOONGATE STAR (2)
In only five career starts, he has been a model of consistency so far and was once again good in defeat last time out when second to Lim's Zoom (winner had first run). This will be only his second start over this distance but he sees his races out well and should be bang there at the death. 
3rd Pick: MEGA GOLD (6)
A horse that Tim Fitzsimmons will never forget. A winner at only his second start and won it well, not beating a great deal in doing so but the win was good. Looks like a horse that can make his mark at this level (opening mark of 55). Drawn widest of all, which is the negative but if he can overcome that, he can go close. 
4th Pick: HELUSHKA (5)
Wins have been at a lesser level but he went well in a Class 4 last time out and has won at this trip over the course and distance. Don't rule out for a place. 

Race 4

1st Pick: GOLDEN SPARK (11)
Better effort last time and expect good run down in the weights. 
2nd Pick: BRING ME JOY (7)
Disappointed last start but is capable of better. 
3rd Pick: EDDIE GRAY (1)
Has enough ability to win a race of this class if he’s right.
4th Pick: WITHOUT PREJUDICE (8)
Suited here, bold showing expected.

Race 5

1st Pick: YULONG EDITION (2)
Hard to knock on recent efforts. Will make his own luck on speed from a good gate and will take beating. Open to further improvement.
2nd Pick: KING LOUIS (1)
Has been known as a turf horse throughout his racing career but seems to handle the Polytrack surface anyway. Career credentials demand respect, so expect a bold showing.
3rd Pick: KARISTO (5)
Performed above market expectations last start. The switch in surface and rise in journey should be no problem. Major player on best efforts.
4th Pick: BLACK JADE (4)
Returns to the races off a freshen-up. Hard to knock on his last start effort, so must be considered yet again. In the mix.

Race 6

1st Pick: PRIME TIME (4)
Has had a good break having not been seen in action since early January. This Michael Clements-trained three-year-old can go well fresh and had to cover extra ground last time out when eventually rattling home for third behind Water Rocket in a handy little Novice heat. He has another disadvantageous barrier but if he can overcome that, he should be good enough to land this prize now he is in calmer waters. The one to beat.
2nd Pick: JK FORMIDABLE (11)
Racing well of late with a few placed efforts over shorter distances, this will be his first go at 1200m on the All-weather. Given that there are plenty of questions to answer for a number of these runners, he is at least in good form without winning.
3rd Pick: ELISE (5)
Not ideally suited to racing on the Polytrack, as all nine of his victories have been achieved on the turf, but he is well handicapped on his best form and is now eight points lower than his last win. Place chance.
4th Pick: LAI MAK MAK (2)
Not getting any younger now at the age of eight, but did win back in January on turf and has got winning Polytrack form. 

Race 7

1st Pick: GINGERELLA (6)
Worth forgiving on most recent attempts. Well drawn to take up the lead and she will take beating switching back to the Polytrack surface. Expect a bold showing.
2nd Pick: SKYWALK (2)
Tough, honest Polytrack sprinter who is hard to ignore in a suitable race yet again. Awkwardly drawn but has the ability to overcome and fight out the finish.
3rd Pick: MY DREAMLINER (5)
Lightly-raced and continues on an upward spiral. Well drawn to take up a prominent role and will look the winner at some stage. Commands respect.
4th Pick: LIM'S SAMURAI (8)
Bounced back to winning form last start. This race doesn't read as well but he is capable of figuring with a repeat dose. Worth considering.

Race 8

1st Pick: SACRED GIFT (5)
Very hard to look beyond Sacred Gift given the form he is currently in. A winner of three of his four starts here at Kranji, he is developing a very nice record and won with something in hand last time out. This is a bigger ask but he can take the step-up in grade in his stride. 
2nd Pick: MAGNUM KING (9)
Was seen to good effect late last time out when just in behind another of Friday's rivals in the shape of Watch Out Boss. It is possible he can turn that form around as he had a wider trip than the Daniel Meagher-trained runner and a bold show is expected. 
3rd Pick: HUGO (11)
Has really enjoyed racing on the Polytrack and had kept on improving at Class 4 level, he slightly had his limitations exposed last time in the company but has trialled well. No reason for him not to finish in a top-four spot. 
4th Pick: WATCH OUT BOSS (10)
An amazingly consistent horse, having never been out of the first four in 13 runs in Singapore and all credit to the Daniel Meagher camp for that. He is impossible to leave out of the numbers on that basis alone. Will run an honest race here once again.

Race 9

1st Pick: MIGHTY GENERAL (1)
A 325,000 Euro yearling and formerly trained by Andrew Balding in the UK. Raced under the name of Hero Hero in England, he was an emphatic winner of a Chester Novice over 1500m in May of last year and prior to that, was placed on Polytrack over this trip. Highly tried after that win, he finished up with a BHA rating of 89 and has trialled very nicely since arriving in Singapore. Very interesting runner.
2nd Pick: SWEET ANGELINE (4)
Ex Brad Widdup-trained Filly. A Hawkesbury scorer last April over 1300m, then tackled the Group 1 Champagne Stakes over the mile in the same month (finished eighth). She has trialled very nicely, winning two of three trials for Ricardo Le Grange showing good speed. One of the more likely winners here. 
3rd Pick: ROYAL PAVILION (3)
Up a point for a fast finishing third last time out when coming from a long way back in the field. Trip should be fine and is a must for the exotics in this. 
4th Pick: MY EVEREST (2)
Has done little wrong in two starts and absolutely bolted in last time out, he has more to give on the back of that Open Maiden win but this is tougher and needs to produce more now back up to 1200m. 

Media selections

Race No. COLLIN FAN DANIEL COBBY LITING NICHOLAS CHILD PUNTERS' WAY RAYMOND YONG SHIN MIN THE NEW PAPER WANBAO
1 7 - 1 - 4 - 6 8 - 9 - 7 - 2 6 - 7 - 9 - 1 2 - 7 - 8 - 6 6 - 7 - 9 - 4 4 - 6 - 7 - 12 7 - 6 - 4 - 2 7 - 6 - 4 - 10 9 - 7 - 4 - 5
2 9 - 12 - 6 - 3 9 - 1 - 11 - 12 9 - 3 - 12 - 1 9 - 11 - 3 - 1 9 - 1 - 3 - 12 9 - 12 - 11 - 8 3 - 12 - 9 - 1 9 - 3 - 1 - 8 11 - 9 - 2 - 12
3 2 - 10 - 6 - 4 2 - 6 - 9 - 10 2 - 6 - 4 - 3 3 - 2 - 6 - 5 2 - 6 - 4 - 3 4 - 2 - 3 - 6 6 - 2 - 4 - 5 2★ - 4 - 6 - 5 1 - 6 - 4 - 2
4 3 - 5 - 8 - 9 9 - 7 - 11 - 3 5 - 11 - 8 - 3 11 - 3 - 7 - 8 11 - 8 - 5 - 2 3 - 7 - 11 - 12 7 - 11 - 3 - 4 3 - 5 - 4 - 7 4 - 5 - 3 - 8
5 2 - 4 - 5 - 7 2 - 1 - 5 - 4 5 - 2 - 4 - 1 2★ - 1 - 5 - 4 2★ - 4 - 1 - 5 4 - 2 - 3 - 5 2★ - 1 - 4 - 5 2 - 5 - 1 - 7 6 - 2 - 1 - 5
6 4 - 11 - 13 - 5 4★ - 3 - 1 - 13 4 - 11 - 13 - 7 4 - 11 - 5 - 2 11 - 13 - 4 - 3 7 - 4 - 2 - 11 4 - 11 - 2 - 5 4 - 11 - 5 - 2 4 - 5 - 1 - 2
7 5★ - 2 - 6 - 10 6 - 4 - 5 - 11 5 - 6 - 3 - 2 6 - 5 - 2 - 3 9 - 3 - 5 - 10 5 - 2 - 10 - 6 3 - 2 - 5 - 10 2 - 6 - 3 - 5 6 - 9 - 5 - 2
8 5 - 2 - 8 - 10 3 - 5 - 10 - 1 5★ - 10 - 3 - 9 5 - 9 - 10 - 11 5 - 9 - 10 - 11 5★ - 10 - 3 - 8 10 - 5 - 11 - 9 5 - 2 - 10 - 11 1 - 5 - 6 - 3
9 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 4 - 1 - 3 - 2 3 - 2 - 4 - 1 1 - 4 - 3 - 2 4 - 2 - 1 - 3 1 - 2 - 4 - 3 4 - 2 - 8 - 3 1 - 4 - 3 - 2 1★ - 4 - 2 - 5
Value Bet R9-5 R8-3 R9-3 R3-3  R1-4 R9-3 R4-3 R2-11
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