Sunday meeting preview
Sunday meeting preview, selections, comments and odds.
While it may be too early to call on the back of just one race and a few trials, NOWYOUSEE could be one of the shining lights in the 2018 Singapore racing season.
But the O’Reilly 3YO has to win on Sunday in Class 4 before we get carried away and the strong field assembled in race 9 should be a terrific test over 1000m.
Obviously his debut win was strong - and he did look to beat a couple of capable types - but it is hard to line up the maiden form stepping up to open company, especially with the likes of CRAZY DREAMS and LIM’S SINCERE to contend with.
The trio have all drawn inside gates, which suggests it could get serious from the outset, but with improvement likely on the back of a serious recent trial, NOWYOUSEE should get the job done.
Elsewhere on the card, ON ELECTRIC AVENUE is starting to put together a handy CV and the lightly raced 5YO can continue on his recent winning ways stepping up to the mile in race 6 on the card.
Best Bets: (ON ELECTRIC AVENUE race 6, win), (NOWYOUSEE race 9, win) and (ALRINA race 7, value).
Bankers for Jackpots: Race 7 (1 and 4), race 8 (1, 2, 5 and 7), race 9 (9) and race 10 (2, 4, 5, 8 and 10).
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; 1 CERDAN - 8 MUSCULAR DRAGON - 10 LUCKY BOY - 7 BORN A FIGHTER
A weak Class 5 and CERDAN gets another chance. The Arexevan-owned maiden has been disappointing but resumed well from a long break and has trialled nicely since; he can break through with William Pike to ride and blinkers added. The danger should be LUCKY BOY who led and held on over this trip last start; he drops 1kg and should be prominent throughout for Harry Kassim. The rest are a very moderate lot though MUSCULAR DRAGON could improve on his effort when resuming where he looked to have some in hand while BORN A FIGHTER had support last start and has previously won at this trip so keep safe. The rest are too unreliable to consider except as exotics, the best being DICAPRIO, KUBERA'S CHIEF and HEE'S FORTE. Betting strategy - CERDAN win.
1 CERDAN *** Resumed with a solid effort and should be fitter for recent trial. Can break maiden status with William Pike and blinkers added. 3.00
2 GOLD MOSA ** Well beaten at recent outings but recent trial solid and could improve in Class 5. 33
3 KUBERA'S CHIEF * Caught wide and never likely last start. Far from reliable but could improve with a positive ride. 14
4 DICAPRIO * Only win was at this trip and most recent effort was solid despite over-racing. Gate may test. 14
5 HEE'S FORTE * Class 5 journeyman who only battled last start but won on poly three starts back and has won at this trip. Could be running on. 14
6 MOON CHARM ** Battled on last start over this trip and could improve for Manoel Nunes. Only win was at 1600m. 25
7 BORN A FIGHTER ** Had support and struggled last start at first outing since returning to Class 5. Has won at this trip and could improve. 7.00
8 MUSCULAR DRAGON *** Never likely but good work late last start suggests he has more to offer in what is a suitable race so keep safe. 7.00
9 RAPTOR * Blinkers back on but needs to improve on recent efforts. Well beaten at only turf outing. 50
10 LUCKY BOY *** Led and held on over this trip last start. Drops 1kg and should be prominent throughout. 3.00
11 PRECIOUS GEM * Hasn't won for two years and all wins have been 1600m and beyond. 50
12 GOLDEN JADE * Battling at recent outings and drops back significantly in trip. Hasn't won for a long time and that was on the poly. 50
Selections; 2 KING OF WAR - 6 INFANTRY ECLIPSE - 8 PARAGON STAR - 4 SATELLITE CLASSIC
Another weak race, this one a Maiden over 1400m. KING OF WAR has not been far away at both outings since resuming but has had his chances - normally with support - to win. The step up in trip and William Pike suggests he gets his chance. Nothing jumps off the page to beat him although PARAGON STAR did it tough last start and should be in this a long way while INFANTRY ECLIPSE showed some improvement last start and the extra distance and blinkers may help; he could be running on for Alan Munro. Some value may lie with RACE FOR FAME who is resuming with blinkers and tongue-tie back on after a change of stable and the extra distance may suit SATELLITE CLASSIC. Betting Strategy - KING OF WAR, INFANTRY ECLIPSE swinger.
1 ELITE CONQUEROR * Resuming with tongue-tie after two ordinary efforts in Singapore. Should need longer. 20
2 KING OF WAR *** Not far away at both outings since resuming. Steps up in trip but with Pike to ride should be prominent throughout. 2.50
3 QINGDAO * Has struggled since resuming and needs to improve. 16
4 SATELLITE CLASSIC ** Not far away last start when running on last start and extra distance may suit. 10
5 HIGH STREET * Yet to place in 14 starts. Tested. 50
6 INFANTRY ECLIPSE *** Showed some improvement last start and extra distance and blinkers may help. Keep safe. 10
7 THREE LIONS ** Resuming with tongue-tie an showed enough last preparation and at a recent trial to consider. 20
8 PARAGON STAR *** Faded late last start after being caught wide over this trip. Should be prominent again. 3.00
9 RACE FOR FAME ** Resuming. Blinkers and tongue-tie back on after change of stable. Trials have been sound. Watch for support. 10
10 START ME UP * Has been trying for a while and needs to improve on recent efforts. 33
11 BOHEMIAN ** Only battles but could improve back on the turf and will add value to skinny end of exotics. 33
12 HOLY THOMAS * Went forward last start but weakened and yet to place in 16 outings. 50
Selections; 5 LIM'S ROYAL - 1 CHAIRMAN - 4 SHOW FAR SHOW GOOD - 3 DEE DEE D'OR
A very strong Class 3 with a number of horses more than capable in better grades. Steven Burridge is backing up the promising 4YO LIM'S ROYAL quickly after a strong win last Sunday; he will find this harder and 1600m is an unknown but with William Pike to ride he should get every chance. SHOW FAR SHOW GOOD is consistent, racing soundly in this company and his last win was at this trip; he makes his own luck and should be prominent throughout. CHAIRMAN has been racing well in stronger company and just missed in the El Dorado last start; he would like longer but can go forward and be prominent. An interesting runner is DEE DEE D'OR who had Group form in Italy before arriving in Singapore via Hong Kong. He might like longer but did enough at his first Singapore start to follow. Betting strategy - SHOW FAR SHOW GOOD is often each-way odds and worth a play.
1 CHAIRMAN *** Racing well in stronger company just missing in El Dorado last start. Would like longer but goes forward and should be prominent. 4.00
2 GUILTY PLEASURES * Rarely runs poorly but has failed at three previous attempts over 1600m and best form is on poly. 20
3 DEE DEE D'OR *** Put in a solid effort at Singapore debut. Might need longer again but should be running on. 5.00
4 SHOW FAR SHOW GOOD *** Racing soundly in this company and last win was at this trip. Should be prominent throughout. 4.00
5 LIM'S ROYAL *** Promising 4YO backing up quickly after easy win last Sunday. Will find this harder and steps up in trip but can win. 3.00
6 SQUIRE OSBALDESTON ** Blinkers back on after being not far away when resuming. Last win was at this trip but that was nearly two years ago. Could improve. 14
7 EASTER MATE * Has struggled at recent outings. 20
8 MURRAYFIELD ** Won Class 4 over this trip last start. This is harder but should be running on for Alan Munro. 10
Selections; 4 MEDIATOR - 2 DYNAMIC EAGLE - 1 NOVA CLASSIC - 5 ELENA OF AVALOR
An interesting Initiation with some well-bred horses making their debut. Of those we have seen, the benchmark may be NOVA CLASSIC who has placed at two of three poly outings; he is suited by this distance and should be prominent from the good gate. Several of the debutants have trialled well including DYNAMIC EAGLE and MEDIATOR who both have top riders for their debuts with William Pike and Vlad Duric respectively; watch the market. The other debutante, the mare ELENA OF AVALOR, also trialled well and from the good gate could show up for Manoel Nunes. Amongst the rest, CHOCANTE improved last start and should be running on. Betting strategy - A 'watch the market' race but NOVA CLASSIC has the exposed form.
1 NOVA CLASSIC *** Has placed at two of three poly outings. Suited this distance and should be prominent from the good gate. 3.00
2 DYNAMIC EAGLE *** By Showcasing. Trialled nicely and should debut well for William Pike. 4.00
3 GOOD PEOPLE * Had a tough run on debut so could improve for the effort. 33
4 MEDIATOR *** By Commands. Brother to good Queensland sprinter Saluter and half-brother to winners Boom Boom Epic and Forty Nil Manly. Trials have been good enough to win on debut. 4.00
5 ELENA OF AVALOR *** By Echoes Of Heaven. Dam won over 1600m. Trialled nicely and can debut well from the good gate with Nunes to ride. 6.00
6 CHOCANTE *** Improved last start and should be running on. 6.00
7 RIN TIN TIN ** Made up ground against the bias last start so can improve again in this at odds. 33
8 GOLDEN FATKID * Failed to beat a runner home at debut. 50
9 BIG WAVE * 2YO who has some speed but needs to improve on efforts to date with blinkers to winkers. 20
Selections; 9 MILLION ROUND - 6 MASTER BANGER - 8 EVERTRUST - 2 OCEAN GENERAL
A Class 5 over 1200m where very few have any substantial turf form. MILLION ROUND is not the most reliable but placed in similar company last start when running on against the bias; he is suited here and should be closing late. MASTER BANGER fought on when resuming and has won over this trip on turf; he should also be running on. EVERTRUST is mixing his form but has a recent win to his name and could show up again. SUPER DAN did nothing when resuming on the poly for a new stable, his best efforts have been on turf and he could be running on. In a race in which any could win without surprising OCEAN GENERAL, LET'S TALK NOW and MUSCULAR SPRINTER could make their presence felt. Betting strategy - play with caution, MILLION ROUND win.
1 MUSCULAR SPRINTER ** Resuming. Only win was at 1400m 11 starts ago and has changed stables. Should need longer. 12
2 OCEAN GENERAL ** Recent poly form sound but hasn't won for a long time. 12
3 SUPER DAN ** Did nothing when resuming on poly for new stable. Best efforts have been on turf and could be running on. 6.00
4 LET'S TALK NOW * Only wins have been on poly and recent form poor. 12
5 KING STEAD * Has placed once on poly in eight starts and having first turf outing. Gets Nunes but needs to improve. 16
6 MASTER BANGER *** Fought on when resuming and has won over this trip on turf. Should be running on. 4.00
7 AMERICAN SNIPER * Yet to place in 10 outings. Gets a senior rider but needs to improve. 33
8 EVERTRUST *** Form sound in this company and this race is weak. 6.00
9 MILLION ROUND *** Not the most reliable but ran on against the bias last start and hard to hold out in this. 4.00
10 MARGAUX * Nuisance value only. 16
11 SILENT CONNECTION * 23 starts Maiden. Only placing was on turf but efforts since resuming poor. Needs to improve. 50
12 SACRED CROWN ** Veteran who has won nine races but hasn't won for over a year and never on turf. Could run on. 25
13 URBAN LEGEND * Dropping back in trip and best efforts are over longer. 50
Selections; 1 ON ELECTRIC AVENUE - 3 STORM TROOPER - 4 PIONEER STEP - 2 NOBLE LIAISON
A competitive Class 4 over 1600m with numerous chances. ON ELECTRIC AVENUE is in good form and won in similar company last start; he should appreciate the extra distance and be hard to run down. STORM TROOPER is racing soundly in this company, this distance suits and like a few in this field, should be running on. The chances don't end there with SOUTHERN GLORY likely to be handy throughout, PIONEER STEP in winning form, NOBLE LIAISON to be ridden by William Pike and the Stephen Gray trio of KATE'S KEEPER, MILLENIUM RULE and KOKONI all having legitimate chances. Betting strategy - ON ELECTRIC AVENUE win.
1 ON ELECTRIC AVENUE *** In good form and won in similar company last start. Should appreciate extra distance and be hard to run down. 4.00
2 NOBLE LIAISON *** Drawn wide but ran on well enough last start to consider stepping up to the mile. 8.00
3 STORM TROOPER *** Racing soundly in this company and distance suits. Should be running on with 2kg claimer. 5.00
4 PIONEER STEP *** Backed up eye-catching run with nice win in KSD company last start. Will find this harder but should be running on. 10
5 KATE'S KEEPER ** Gets blinkers and drops back in trip. Will find this easier than recent outings and in the mix. 8.00
6 KOKONI ** Blinkers back on after two poor runs. Goes close on best form. 8.00
7 DANZEB * Blinkers back on but has struggled since Maiden win. Has placed at this trip and could show up from the good gate. 33
8 RAFALE ** Showed improvement last start but yet to win in Singapore. May appreciate this distance. 20
9 STEEL CUTTER ** Ran on well enough last start and may be better suited this distance. Value. 16
10 MILLENNIUM'S RULE ** Resumed fairly and trialled soundly since. Should be improved and can show up. 12
11 SOUTHERN GLORY ** Placed this class and distance two starts back and ran on solidly last start. Should be handy throughout. 8.00
12 LIM'S BULLET * Blinkers back on after not showing up when resuming for new stable. Hasn't won for 2 years and needs to improve. 50
13 MORALES * Struggled in this company last start following Class 5 win. Might need easier and trip may test. 33
Selections; 1 PEACE WANTED - 4 ALRINA - 8 EASTERN VICTORY - 2 YULONG HOLY FLYING
Another very weak Maiden gives PEACE WANTED his chance. In fact the race is so weak that he could start on the minimum dividend, which is always a worry in a maiden. But he placed at Werribee (Victoria) over this trip before arrival, is improving with racing and suited by this distance, so this is his race to lose. Most of the others have very little form of note although EASTERN VICTORY is resuming with a solid trial under his belt and ALRINA ran on well against the bias last start so could run a race here at odds. YULONG HOLY FLYING and BALKAN CHALLENGER two to include in exotics. Betting strategy - ALRINA value.
1 PEACE WANTED *** Improving with racing and suited this distance. Should be hard to hold out in this field. 1.80
2 YULONG HOLY FLYING ** Has only battled since arrival from Europe. Gets William Pike and could improve. 6.00
3 BRING ME JOY * Recent efforts poor but gets Vlad Duric and could improve. 10
4 ALRINA ** Yet to place in six outings but ran on well enough last start to keep safe at odds. 33
5 POWER WARRIOR * Blinker pacifiers off after poor performance last start. Put in a fair effort when resuming and could improve. 10
6 BATTLE PLAN * Resuming and easier to ignore. 33
7 ELITE EMPEROR * Did not show up when resuming. 33
8 EASTERN VICTORY ** Resuming after a poor run of form but recent trial was solid. Watch market. 6.00
9 AEOLUS * Has been trying for a while and only placings are on poly. Wants easier. 33
10 WALTERS BAY * Had support last start when doing it tough but needs to improve before considering. 33
11 BALKAN CHALLENGER ** Ran first top 4 finish in 21 starts last outing and may improve again on the turf. 33
12 PURE WHITE * Will go forward and give a sight but yet to place on the turf. 33
Selections; 1 GOLDEN THUNDER - 2 QUETZAL - 5 GALAXY EXPRESS - 7 RED RIDING WOOD
With the usual suspects going round in this Class 5 over 1700m, it really is a raffle and it may be a case of whoever gets the best runs in transit, wins. But GOLDEN THUNDER is a Class dropper and given he set up a record breaking (Black Swan) early pace last start over 1800m in Class 4 and gets blinkers back on, he could be too strong for most of these. The usual suspects include QUETZAL and GALAXY EXPRESS, who both placed in similar affairs last start, while the maiden, RED RIDING WOOD, looks ready to win but will need luck from the wide draw. Betting Strategy - GOLDEN THUNDER win.
1 GOLDEN THUNDER *** Significant drop in Class and gets his chance with blinkers and tongue-tie on in a race that suits. 4.00
2 QUETZAL *** Showed last start that this type of race is his caper and wins without surprising. 4.00
3 CLUTHA LAD ** Race is suitable but has to improve on recent outings. 12
4 MONGOLIAN CHIEF ** Disappointing last start but can run on strongly when in the mood. 12
5 GALAXY EXPRESS *** Always an each-way show in races like this and gets the favours from the ace. 6.00
6 RED RACKHAM * No. 100
7 RED RIDING WOOD *** Maiden who looks due but will need luck from wide draw. 6.00
8 GIORGIO ** In solid form and can include in exotics. 20
9 TOOBIGTOFAIL ** Did it tough last start so could forgive but wide gate makes this had again with visor off. 14
10 ARCHER COMPANY ** Battled away manfully last start and always worth thought in races like this. 12
11 ZAHIR * Traffic excuses last start but looks a better option on the Poly. 20
12 RAMZES ** Form reads badly but race suits and could be running on at odds. 33
13 IMDRAGON * Improved effort last start and gets a tongue-tie but only for the brave. 33
14 BIG GUARDIAN *** Always a winning show in this Company over this trip. 4.00
Selections; 9 NOWYOUSEE - 4 LIM'S SINCERE - 1 CRAZY DREAMS - 3 HOSHIKO
The big question in this race is just how good NOWYOUSEE is. The O'Reilly 3YO started a tad over even money on debut and the 'good oil' from the trials proved to be spot on with a comfortable three length win. A recent trial was even more impressive and while he has found a particular strong Class 4 field, he may be something special and the punters may be falling out of the tree's to back him. However, CRAZY DREAMS and LIM'S SINCERE are in very good form and will test the boom 3YO. CRAZY DREAMS has won two from his last three and LIM'S SINCERE gets blinkers added from gate 1 so he could be the testing material with W Pike to ride. HOSHIKO the value - he always is - but only one horse to watch in this is NOWYOUSEE. Betting Strategy - NOWYOUSEE win.
1 CRAZY DREAMS *** In serious form and hard to beat from the nice gate. 4.50
2 DRAGON SPIRIT ** Resuming after a poor run but has first-up form and could surprise in what is a suitable race. 20
3 HOSHIKO *** Wide gate an issue but in very solid form and often great value so follow. 12
4 LIM'S SINCERE *** In cracking form since resuming and gets the favours from gate 1 with blinkers added. 4.00
5 PURE JUSTICE ** Form better than it reads and drops back to recent winning Class. Value. 33
6 PREMIER FIGHTER ** Disappointing last start in BM67 Company but a big show on form prior. 8.00
7 EFFORTLESS * Needs to lift on recent outings. 100
8 STOCK BROKER ** Did it tough last start and just battled but usually in the mix. 20
9 NOWYOUSEE *** Found a strong Class field but looked special when winning very well on debut and subsequent trial was impressive. Hard to beat. 3.00
10 HOST THE NATION * Struggling of late. 100
11 HAYTHAM ** Won in easier Company last start but was competitive in Class 4 prior and pay to follow. 12
12 DASH ** Has pace and showed last start he is up to this Company. Exotics. 20
13 BELIEVE IT OR NOT * Has pace and appreciates gate 2 but should be found out late. 33
14 TRIGAMY * Maiden who gets a tongue-tie but needs easier. 200
Selections; 2 DUSSELDORF - 8 LIM'S ELUSIVE - 10 REALLY CAPABLE - 5 ATHENA
An excellent race to finish what should have been an interesting days racing and plenty of options for each-way punters. DUSSELDORF - who mistakenly made his debut in Singapore as Dusserdolf - showed more than enough on that occasion over 1200m to think he will be hard to hold out over a more suitable trip. There will be no excuses either as ATHENA should ensure a solid clip out front and the mare will look the winner at some stage late given what she showed last start in a similar affair. REALLY CAPABLE improves lengths over this trip after a good first up run and HIDDEN PROMISE has excuses last start and he also improves. The interesting runner is LIM'S ELUSIVE who has trialled well since switching stables and has Pike to ride. Betting Strategy - LIM'S ELUSIVE each-way.
1 ANCIENT WARRIOR ** Just battled away last start but drops in grade and should improve at odds. 12
2 DUSSELDORF *** Showed more than enough at Singapore debut to follow with extra 200m in his favour. 3.00
3 FORTUNE SIX ** Two-time winner from Australia whose recent trial good enough to have some say at Singapore debut. 12
4 HIDDEN PROMISE *** Excuses last start so pay to ignore and take on good form prior. 12
5 ATHENA *** Made the running and looked the winner everywhere bar the past in similar affair last start and goes close again. 4.00
6 RICH BEAUTY * Singapore debut better than the result but should need longer to show his best. 33
7 BROTHER WIND ** Traffic excuses last start and always an each-way hope in races like this. 20
8 LIM'S ELUSIVE *** Resuming for new stable and looked very well held at recent trial. Big show. 6.00
9 PANACHE ** Never involved when resuming but appreciates the run and recent trial was good. Keep safe. 20
10 REALLY CAPABLE *** First up run better than the result and can win stepping up to his best trip. 11
11 PEACH BOWL * Tried hard last start but looking for something easier than this. 33
12 IN BOCCA AL LUPO ** Ran on from a long way back over 1200m in this company last start. May be better in Class 5 but could be closing late at odds. 20
13 SOONBABY * Better suited on the Poly. 33
14 DREAMER LEGEND ** Solid when placing in similar affair last start and pay to follow. 20