New Year's Day meeting preview
New Year's Day meeting Preview, selections, comments and odds.
A new year and plenty of changes at the Singapore Turf Club!
Keen followers of racing from Kranji will know that all horses have had their rating’s increased by five points so don’t be surprised to see some horses seemingly race out of their usual Class.
There are some new race classifications too - most notably in Class 4 where there will be a ‘Premier’ and ‘Non Premier’ division - but for all intent and purposes, the form remains the same.
The racing year kicks off with the New Year Cup - this installation a Group 3 handicapped Sprint - where all eyes will be on the up-and-coming star, SKYWALK.
A 4YO by Battle Paint, SKYWALK made the step to Open Company in the best way possible when beating some top Poly sprinters at Kranji Stakes A level and, given he has just 50kg to carry at the conditions, he is the one to beat again.
If class was going to test him, the top weight (and stable-mate) in WIMBLEDON has the runs on the board and the pair should figure very prominently throughout with the dangers being the Nova pair in NOVA SWISS and last start Group winner, NOVA STRIKE.
The race has depth and DISTINTIVE DARCI will keep them all honest with his best work expected late and you can go even wider in exotics with wildcards such as the versatile FOREVER YOUNG and SPEEDY DRAGON to name but two.
A great race and a terrific way to start the 2018 season - enjoy!
Best Bets: (MR CLINT race 3, win), (PANACHE race 8, value) and (IMPERIAL FALLS race 10, value).
Bankers for Jackpots: Race 8 (1, 3, 6 and 13), race 9 (1, 2, 8 and 12), race 10 (1, 3, 4 and 6) and race 11 (1, 2, 3 and 7).
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; 7 ELISE - 8 TYPHON - 1 PERFECT COMMANDO - 11 PARAGON STAR
The first race of the year and the Singapore Turf Club has fittingly made it the first 'Non Premier' Class 4 race. This race is for the lower rated Class 4 horses (when there is more than one division) and coupled with the rating hike (all horse were raised 5 rating points at the end of the 2017 season), it does read like a KSD field. As such a horse like ELISE - who looks out of form - could improve in a race that suits with a nice recent trial a pointer. His stablemate, PARAGON STAR, could be the danger given his recent solid form and another maiden in TYPHON also looks due and may look the winner at some stage late. PERFECT COMMANDO looks suited dropping back to 1200m while RIVER GOLDEN showed glimpses late last start and Michael Rodd on-board has to be a factor. Betting Strategy - market a good guide bur ELISE looks suited and can win.
1 PERFECT COMMANDO *** Ran out of puff over 1400m last start but worth a serious look over 1200m on the back of a good trial. 10
2 PHIDIAS * Better efforts in Singapore have been on the Poly. 33
3 RICH FORTUNE * Worked home OK late last start but have to take on trust. 20
4 RUM N RAISINS ** Never involved last start but some previous efforts have him under notice. 8.00
5 GREY GATSBY ** Maiden who should strip fitter for first-up run and worth a market watch. 20
6 RIVER GOLDEN *** Put in eye-catching effort late on a wet track last start and pay to follow with Rodd a factor. 12
7 ELISE *** Has been disappointing but recent trial looked good enough to win a race like this on best form. 6.00
8 TYPHON *** Maiden who showed more than enough last start in Class 4 when leading over 1400m to win this. 3.00
9 IN BOCCA AL LUPO ** Nothing last start but should be running on in a race that suits. 12
10 SATELLITE CLASSIC * Unplaced maiden who should need easier but recent trial OK and gets tongue-tie. 20
11 PARAGON STAR *** Maiden who looks due and in this a very long way. 5.00
12 RACING TALENT * Blinkers off after struggling of late and easier to ignore. 33
13 PATROCLUS * Maiden who picked up a cheque two starts back but easier to ignore. 33
Selections; 2 D'GREAT STAR - 9 EDDIE GRAY - 10 KISS YOUR SONG - 4 MY GOLD
D'GREAT STAR could be the first beneficiary of a nice increase in prize money for maidens, as he looks the horse to beat in this $85,000 Restricted Maiden. The 3YO has had his chances but with three placings from seven career starts he wins one sooner than later and with blinkers added on the back of a good trial (and from a nice gate), he is the one to beat. Two horses that also appreciate a nice gate are EDDIE GRAY and KISS YOUR SONG. EDDIE GRAY in particular looks the improver after having excuses on debut where he was heavily supported. KISS YOUR SONG placed last start from a wide alley and connections would be confident of a forward showing. Of the rest, MY GOLD showed last start what he is capable of with a trouble free run and wins without surprising while a market watch looks the best advice on the debutantes. Betting Strategy - D'GREAT STAR win.
1 GLAMOROUS ** Coming off two placings but failed at only Poly run so take on trust with blinkers off. 8.00
2 D'GREAT STAR *** Overdue to win and gets his chance with blinkers back on with nice recent trial under his belt. 2.80
3 LONHRO GOLD ** Just battled away last start and drawn wide but showed enough two back to include in exotics. 8.00
4 MY GOLD *** Excuses for two poor runs and showed more than enough last start to win a race like this. 8.00
5 HIGH LIMIT * Struggles at the business end. 33
6 RIN TIN TIN * No. 100
7 AMANZOE ** Gate a concern but solid at the trials and worth a market watch on debut. 20
8 COME AND TAKE ALL ** Making debut on the back of a very quiet local trial so market only guide. 33
9 EDDIE GRAY *** Could make excuses for inauspicious debut with heavy support and must be respected from gate 1. 6.00
10 KISS YOUR SONG *** Ran on well from wide gate to place last start in similar affair and gets his chance from gate 2. 6.00
11 WORKAHOLIC * Has looked green at the trials and may need more experience. 33
12 LUCKY RED ** US-bred 2YO who has looked OK at the trials and worth thought in exotics with weight pull. 12
Selections; 4 MR CLINT - 3 MAGIC WAND - 2 LADRONE - 6 TUN O'REILLY
A 'Premier' Class 4 race but nothing to see here as far as changes to form is concerned bar the obvious five-rating point hike for all runners. And given the field he meets, MR CLINT does look very hard to beat on paper and will be the punters elect. The 3YO does drop back from the mile but is fresh enough to think that won't be an issue with gate 1 in his favour. In fact the barrier could be a big factor given two horses that could test him in LADRONE and MAGIC WAND have drawn gates 11 and 12 respectively. LADRONE doesn't win out of turn but is always in the mix and the 6YO would have very much appreciated a solid first-up run. MAGIC WAND comes off a shocker but he had excuses and has to be a show on what he showed when winning on debut. Nothing else jumps off the page but TUN O'REILLY could be the improver with blinkers added. Betting Strategy - MR CLINT win.
1 COLORADO PRINCE * Former Kiwi who won in moderate Company back home and market best guide on local trial form. 33
2 LADRONE *** Struggles to win but appreciates good first up run and could run a very cheeky race in a race that suits. 4.00
3 MAGIC WAND *** Excuses last start after strong maiden win and happy to give another chance with tongue-tie added. 5.00
4 MR CLINT *** Freshened after good run over the mile and maiden win was this trip so hard to beat. 2.20
5 ALL MY EYE * Former Japanese galloper who has taken a while to get to the track in Singapore so prefer to just watch. 50
6 TUN O'REILLY ** Struggled at two turf runs but gets blinkers and recent trials strong so market watch in order. 12
7 DANZEB ** Looked to have something in the tank over the mile last start and could surprise at odds back in trip. 33
8 TAICHI BELT ** Resuming and trialling well. Drawn wide and only win over the mile but can go forward and give a sight. 20
9 COUNTRY QUACK * Will find this easier than last start an recent trial OK so can improve at odds. 33
10 WHITE COFFEE ** Veteran who has been showing enough of late to keep safe in exotics. 20
11 BELLUS WONDER * Can run a cheeky race but prefer on the Poly. 100
12 ONLY WIN ** Maiden who looks handy enough to follow in this Company. 12
13 BARNBURGH LAD * Reassess over 100m on the Poly. 50
14 SUPERMART * Needs easier Company than this. 50
Selections; 1 NOVA CLASSIC - 9 DYNAMIC EAGLE - 6 ABLE PINS - 11 SATELLITE WINNER
Absolutely nothing jumps off the page in this Open Maiden and it may pay to take a longer look on the day with one eye on the horseflesh in the Parade Ring and the other on the tote. NOVA CLASSIC looked to have every chance last start and while you wouldn't be rushing to back him on that effort, he gets his chance in this weak field and looks the benchmark. Plenty of horses could improve on poor debuts though including DYNAMIC EAGLE who had support when failing at his first race start and has subsequently trialled well. SATELLITE WINNER had excuses on debut (lame, roarer..) and should improve if things go his way while D'GREAT PRIDE has his own issues but looks to have ability so worth a look. ABLE PINS another that can improve on the back of good trial form and a blanket over most others. Betting Strategy - DYNAMIC EAGLE each-way.
1 NOVA CLASSIC *** Looked to have every chance last start but in the mix and expect much the same. 3.00
2 EL TORDILLO ** Found the mile too big an ask last start and will be running into exotics calculations late in this. 12
3 DONTLOOKDOWNONME ** Only placing was this trip and a recent trial good enough to follow. 7.00
4 YELLOW JADE HORSE ** Placed two start back in Class 5 and this field weak enough to figure in the top three again. 8.00
5 OBSTACLES FREE ** Start costly when placing last start and that effort good enough to follow. 6.00
6 ABLE PINS ** Resuming. Race form ordinary at best but trials well and could be the improver with upgrade to full blinkers. 12
7 D'GREAT PRIDE ** Resuming after being disappointing on debut and has had issues at the barriers at the trials but looks to have some ability so keep safe. 12
8 DRAGONITE ** Never involved from the wide gate on debut and drawn badly again so take on trust. 33
9 DYNAMIC EAGLE ** Very disappointing with support on debut but has trialled well subsequently and can improve with pacifiers and tongue-tie added. 12
10 PURE SPARK ** Local trial OK and market best guide. 20
11 SATELLITE WINNER ** Had all sorts of issues on debut (lame, roarer) so his effort to run on well late was good enough to follow. 12
12 THOTH WARRIOR ** Race form hopeless but showed enough very late last start to consider at odds in exotics. 33
13 BELT AND ROAD ** Disappointing last start but shown glimpses and this field is weak enough. 12
14 GOLD CUSTOMER * Long-term maiden who is better over longer. 33
Selections; 1 LAND BELOW D WIND - 5 PRINCE FERDINAND - 4 EASTERN VICTORY - 3 SUPER DAN
Another race - this time a Class 5 - where nothing jumps off the page to win so waiting for stable support on the tote may be a wise punting strategy. But as it stands LAND BELOW D WIND looks well placed in Class 5 back on the turf with the step up to 1400m also in his favour. EASTERN VICTORY placed last start on the back of a good trial and he is obviously worth another look on that effort and staying with the trial form, PRINCE FERDINAND resumes with a good trial under his belt so is worth a look. Of the rest, SUPER DAN could be ready to show his best over 1400m and would give a sight while AEOLUS could surprise at long odds on OK trial form. Betting Strategy - 1, 4 and 5 boxed quinella.
1 LAND BELOW D WIND *** Will find this race more suitable and look for improved effort. 3.00
2 PRECIOUS GEM ** Should need longer again to win but will be running on. 12
3 SUPER DAN *** Form reads badly but race suits and gets his chance from gate 1 sans blinkers. 5.00
4 EASTERN VICTORY *** Backed up nice trial with a very good run at big odds and pay to follow. 6.00
5 PRINCE FERDINAND *** Resuming with nice enough trial under his belt to consider. 5.00
6 ROCKET FIGHTER ** Has been battling away into exotic calculations of late and expect much the same. 12
7 POP GEMS * Easier to ignore. 33
8 AMISTAD ** Just fair at his last couple but may appreciate being back on the turf. 20
9 YOURSTOKEEP * Better option on the Poly. 33
10 AEOLUS ** Maiden whose recent trial was OK so could improve at odds with visor removed. 33
11 BIG REGARDS * Yet to run a place in some 17 career starts so easier to ignore. 33
12 BASTION * Long-term maiden who likes this trip but wide gate makes this tough. 20
13 ENERGIZER ** Maiden who has been running on well enough to think he can win a race like this. 12
14 HIPPO VENTURA * Improved effort last start but yet to place in 13 career starts. 33
Selections; 8 CAPTAIN JAMIE - 10 SUN DREAM - 6 AUTUMN RUSH - 1 ELITE INVINCIBLE
Some very exciting types head to the start in this Class 3 sprint and while CAPTAIN JAMIE missed a place at his only start at this trip and drops back from 1700m, he is the horse to beat. The 3YO gets an important - albeit subtle - gear change with a visor added on the back of a strong trial and happy to think he is close enough when the whips are cracking to win again. SUN DREAM is another progressive type who backed up a strong maiden win with a very competitive effort in good Class 4 Company and is a horse worth following on those efforts. AUTUMN RUSH has done little wrong at six career starts and while his worst result was at his only turf start, he is better than that and should be in the mix. Of the others, ex-UK/Dubai galloper, ELITE INVINCIBLE, won well enough at his Singapore debut to follow in this Company while QUEEN ROULETTE (back in trip) and DUSSELDORF (with blinkers added) are better than what they showed last start. Betting Strategy - CAPTAIN JAMIE/SUN DREAM quinella, stand out with 1, 3, 6 and 11 in a trifecta.
1 ELITE INVINCIBLE *** Well-travelled 3YO who won well at Singapore debut and pay to follow through the grades. 6.00
2 MAGIC CITY ** Did nothing after moving stables but better than that and pay to keep safe. 33
3 QUEEN ROULETTE *** Back in trip after struggling over 1400 last start and always a show over this trip. 12
4 MARK ECLIPSE * Resuming from wide gate and may just need the run. 33
5 JUSTICE DAY ** Yet to win in Singapore but more than competitive on his day and recent trial was solid. 12
6 AUTUMN RUSH *** Ran fifth at only turf start but first-up run suggests he is worth following this campaign. 8.00
7 BEAR WITNESS ** Gate a concern but last run better than the result so worth thought at odds. 20
8 CAPTAIN JAMIE *** Back significantly in trip but gets visor and has been freshened by a very nice recent trial. Can win. 3.00
9 MONTAIGNE ** Wide draw a concern but super honest and can figure with luck in running. 10
10 SUN DREAM *** Smart type who backed up strong debut win with close-up effort in good Class 4 Company. Follow. 5.00
11 DUSSELDORF *** Disappointing last start but has trialled well with blinkers so look for improvement. 12
12 SIGLAP BIRD * Nuisance value only. 100
13 SUPERSONICSURPRISE * Gate a concern and a better option on the Poly. 33
Selections; 7 TESORO PRIVADO - 2 MAXIMUS - 1 ARES - 9 LIM'S REGARD
A cracking Class 3 mile and with four last start winners - three of them coming of multiple wins - there is plenty of good form to go on. And you can make a case for all of them to go on with the job with ARES showing a liking for Michael Rodd when winning well through traffic last start in BM67 Company while HERACLES is gunning for a quartet of wins with the mile a natural progression. But perhaps the most progressive of the winners has been TESORO PRIVADO who backed up his maiden win with an impressive Novice win and he looks a horse that will go through the grades. The other last start winner is MAXIMUS who may be value given his two wins have been over 1100m on the Poly, but he is bred for longer so this could suit. Plenty of others to consider including LIM'S REGARD who is due, CHOCOLATS who is also due while the two emergencies in CHASE and IMPERIAL MARCH are great value options. Betting Strategy - keep an eye on the emergencies but LIM'S REGARD each-way looks a solid bet.
1 ARES *** Grew wings late under Michael Rodd last start over 1400m to win and pay to follow. 5.00
2 MAXIMUS *** Hard to fault winning form this campaign and breeding suggests step up to the mile no problem. Keep safe. 5.00
3 CLASSIFIED ** Looked to have every possible chance last start behind Ares but worth another look on solid first up run. 12
4 SMART VINTAGE * Long time since last turf run but may appreciate the change with best work expected late. 20
5 BANDIDO * Nothing last start but recent placing was this trip and track and could show up at odds. 33
6 HERACLES *** Up in Class but has hit a rich vein of winning form and have to respect. 5.00
7 TESORO PRIVADO *** Backed up Maiden win this trip with a good Novice win over 1400m. Can win again. 5.00
8 HIDDEN PROMISE ** Loomed large at odds last start and worth another look at value in exotics. 33
9 LIM'S REGARD *** Excuses at his last couple and happy to think he wins a race like this at odds without surprising. 10
10 JUSTICE FAIR ** Coming off a shocker but runs on when in the mood and may be long odds so keep safe. 33
11 CHOCOLATS *** Shown enough at three starts in Singapore to think he can win a race like this with forward run expected with blinkers back on. 8.00
12 KINGS RYKER ** Honest and lost at KSD level in the protest room last start so a must for exotics. 20
13 CHASE ** A long time between wins but looks due to surprise at odds so keep very safe. 33
14 IMPERIAL MARCH ** Another who looks due, had excuses last start and may be odds as second EA. 33
Selections; 1 AMAZING MAN - 3 PANACHE - 6 YAYA PAPAYA - 13 KEEPITUP
AMAZING MAN picks himself in this Non Premier Class 4 Poly mile and while we have the 5YO on top, he will be short and looks a risk. In saying that it's hard to fault his recent form and while drawn a tad awkwardly in gate 9, his 2kg claimer in S Noh should ride a positive race and he will look the winner at some stage late. But he may jump at prohibitive odds so a horse like PANACHE appeals. The 5YO's two career wins have been at this trip and track and given he has had two sighters this campaign, he looks ready to win and may be value. The race has depth and YAYA PAPAYA looks better than Class 4 so happy to follow him at each-way value and keep the first emergency - KEEPITUP - very safe at odds as this race looks perfect to show his best. Betting Strategy - PANACHE each-way and KEEPITUP each-way if he gets a start.
1 AMAZING MAN *** In fine form and hard to beat with handy 2kg claim. 2.00
2 WONDERFUL ERA ** Always some show in races like this but wide gate is a concern. 12
3 PANACHE *** Solid without being a threat two runs this campaign but this race is his caper and can win. 5.00
4 PRIME TURF * Showed nothing at three turf start so hoping for prime Poly run. No. 100
5 CAI POH WANG ** Drawn wide but handles the Poly and can figure at each-way odds. 12
6 YAYA PAPAYA *** Widest gate a concern but looks a progressive type and has won on the Poly so looks a good value option. 12
7 SPUR ME ON ** Honest and will appreciate gate 1 but may need a tad easier to win. 12
8 FALKIRK LEAD ** Never involved last start from the wide gate and worth another look in exotics at odds. 20
9 PRINCE DARCI ** Query this surface and nothing last start but previous form good so keep safe. 20
10 SMART MASTER ** Should need it easier to win but appreciates being back on the Poly and should be competitive. 12
11 BLUE DIAMOND * Tested this trip but could run a super cheeky run at odds. 33
12 CARNELIAN ** Won going away in the old Class 5 last start and pay to include somewhere on that run with no weight. 33
13 KEEPITUP *** Form reads badly but this race is suitable to show his best and can win at odds with blinkers removed. 12
14 ZAC ACE ** Placed on a very wet Poly track last start in similar affair and pay to follow. 12
Selections; 12 SKYWALK - 1 WIMBLEDON - 2 NOVA SWISS - 8 DISTINCTIVE DARCI
The first feature event for 2018, a Group 3 over 1200m on the polytrack. The new kid on the block may be SKYWALK who is unbeaten in three poly outings and made a big jump in class to win a KSA last start. With only 50kg he will be prominent throughout and hard to beat. WIMBLEDON is the benchmark - a quality sprinter who has to give them all weight. The 6YO led and was run down at his first start since returning from Korea in a KSA over this trip but has trialled well since and should give the fave something to pass late. Of the rest, DISTINCTIVE DARCI has an excellent poly record and has run on strongly at his two most recent poly outings in KSA company while NOVA SWISS wasn't far away as fave in the same race. NOVA STRIKE won the Colonial Chief last start and whilst he might like longer, will be closing late. Betting strategy - SKYWALK/WIMBLEDON quinella. Add 2, 4 and 8 to the trifecta.
1 WIMBLEDON *** Quality sprinter who has to give them all weight. Led and was run down at first start since returning from Korea. Has trialled well since and goes close. 4.00
2 NOVA SWISS *** Has plenty of speed and a good polytrack record. Should be prominent for a long way. 8.00
3 SPANISH BAY * Returned with respiratory distress last start and has trialled since. Placed at only poly outing and could show up if right. 33
4 NOVA STRIKE ** Won Colonial Chief last start and drops back in trip. Has an outstanding poly record and whilst he might like longer will be closing late. 10
5 FOREVER YOUNG ** Drops back in trip after Gold Cup failure. Won Maiden at only poly start but might need longer. 33
6 MR FANTASTIC * Consistent and put in a solid effort in EW Barker. Has trialled since but not helped by the gate. 16
7 SEBAS * Has plenty of speed but finds 1200m too far at this level. 50
8 DISTINCTIVE DARCI *** Has an excellent poly record and has run on strongly at two most recent poly outings in KSA company. With only 52kg should be in the finish. 8.00
9 SPEEDY DRAGON ** Poorly drawn but loves the Poly and could add value to skinny end of exotics. 33
10 FORTUNE WINNER * Dropping back in trip after moderate Colonial Chief effort. Placed in EW Barker at prior start and has a good poly record. Should be running on. 50
11 RAISE NO DOUBT * Hasn't won for a long time. Distance suits but class tests. Could be running on. 100
12 SKYWALK *** Unbeaten in three poly outings and made a big jump in class to win KSA last start. With only 50kg will be prominent throughout. 2.00
13 CONSTANT JUSTICE ** In form and trialled well. Up in class and awkwardly drawn but has an excellent poly record and can be prominent. 12
14 GOOD NEWS * Hasn't won for a while but goes well on the poly and could be running on. 100
Selections; 6 IMPERIAL FALLS - 1 COUNTRY WARRIOR - 4 SCORPIO - 3 FIRST LIGHT
A very moderate Class 4 where most have struggled at this level. COUNTRY WARRIOR took a long time to win his Maiden but showed improvement being runner-up at his last start in this class and distance before the break; he finds it hard to win but should be running on. The weak field might give IMPERIAL FALLS his chance given he was considered good enough to have a go in Listed and Group races without success back in Australia; his two Singapore efforts have been sound and with Michael Rodd staying on he can show up from the inside gate. The form runner is SCORPIO who won a Class 5 and class 4 before the Xmas break, he rises 4.5 kg on his last win but the 2kg claim for Zawari helps and he should be prominent. FIRST LIGHT disappointed when supported last start; but his previous form was sound, has trialled since and could improve. The race falls away after these but BAYU, FLASH ONE and DECRETO are worth considering for exotics. Betting strategy - IMPERIAL FALLS each-way.
1 COUNTRY WARRIOR *** Showed improvement last start in this class and distance and will be running on for JP. 4.00
2 DOUBLE RAINBOW * Form moderate and was off the scene for two years before resuming for new stable. No. 33
3 FIRST LIGHT *** Disappointed when supported last start but that was on a rain effected track so worth another look. 5.00
4 SCORPIO *** Won in Class 5 and Class 4 before the Xmas break. Rises 4.5 kg on last win but 2kg claim helps and should be prominent. 4.00
5 BAYU ** Excuses when resuming after seven month break and pay to keep safe. 10
6 IMPERIAL FALLS *** Has put in fair efforts at both Singapore outings and could improve from the good gate with Michael Rodd staying aboard. 6.00
7 FLASH ONE ** Won KSD two starts back but wide gate an issue in this Company. 14
8 WINTERFELL ** Resuming with quiet trails under his belt. Battles away but only win was in the Stewards Room. Might need easier. 25
9 DECRETO ** Better on the Poly but will make his presence felt late if on song. 14
10 BLACK MAGIC * Reassess on the Poly. 25
11 LUCKY GIANT * Nuisance value only. 20
12 PAPERBACK TROOPER * Struggling since Maiden win and needs easier. 33
13 OCEAN MASTER * Still a Maiden. Needs poly and easier. 50
14 KUBERA'S CHIEF * Needs Class 5. 50
Selections; 3 BE BEE - 1 KINGSMAN - 7 LIM'S RACER - 2 SPLINTER
A strong Class 3 featuring several runners that might be capable of going on to better things. BE BEE is a promising 3YO sprinter who resumed well in class 4; he won the 2017 Golden Horseshoe as a 2YO, should be up to this class and will be hard to hold out. KINGSMAN also shows potential and has performed well since arriving in Singapore just missing in this class before the Xmas break; with a 2kg claim for Zawari he can overcome the bad gate. The quality doesn't end there. LIM'S RACER is another former good 2YO (winning the 2016 Golden Horseshoe) who is resuming and his recent trials have been solid; he is poorly drawn but could be prominent. Of the others SPLINTER is also resuming but is very honest in this company and will be running on while XIONG FONG is up in class but shows promise while AOTEAROA can show up fresh. Betting strategy - BE BEE might be a top liner, can win.
1 KINGSMAN *** Has performed well since arriving in Singapore just missing in this class before the Xmas break. Gets a 2kg claim for Zawari and should be hard to hold off despite bad gate. 4.00
2 SPLINTER *** Resuming. Honest and recent trial was solid. Goes close with winkers added despite awkward gate. 5.00
3 BE BEE *** Promising sprinter who resumed well in class 4. Won Golden Horseshoe as a 2YO and should be up to this class. Will be hard to hold out. 4.00
4 CONILAD ** Struggled when resuming for new stable but subsequent trial was OK. Market watch advised with M Rodd up. 16
5 SECRET MISSION * Hasn't won for a long time and best efforts are on poly. 50
6 AOTEAROA ** Resuming and trial was solid. Was being tried over longer last preparation but has won at 1200m and can show up fresh. Watch market. 10
7 LIM'S RACER *** Resuming and recent trials have been solid. Awkwardly drawn but suited this class and can be prominent. 5.00
8 CRAZY TIMES * Needs to improve. 50
9 WONDERFUL KNIGHT ** In solid form and will be prominent throughout. Each-way. 20
10 GOLDEN KINGDOM * Hasn't won for a while and might need easier. 50
11 XIONG FONG ** Won well in Class 4 when resuming on wet track. This is harder but drops 1kg and can show up for Alan Munro. 10
12 BARNATO ** Honest performer in Class 4 company but this field looks too strong. 33
13 REACH FOR THE SUN * Hasn't won for a while and needs easier. 33