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Kranji's Singapore Derby meeting preview

Sunday meeting preview, selections, comments and odds.

 It doesn’t matter where you are in the world, Derby Day is what horse racing is all about.

And the Emirates Singapore Derby - although a tad different to the more traditional 3YO Derbies over 2400m - is no exception and it is also the race that trainers, owners and jockeys covet the most.

Yes, $1.15 million in prize money is a nice carrot, however, it is the prestige of joining an honour board that includes the likes of the late Ivan Allan, Godolphin and arguably the greatest Derby jockey of them all, Lester Piggott.

So who joins this elite company?

Obviously more than a few current trainers are already on the Derby winners list but Hideyuki Takaoka (x2), Cliff Brown and Stephen Gray can add to their tally while jockey’s John Powell (x2), Alan Munro and Michael Rodd can also bolster their Derby CV.

But while Takaoka (JUPITER GOLD) and Gray (LIM’S MAGIC and SKY ROCKET) have serious winning hopes, it may be the reigning current Champion Trainer - Mark Walker - who tastes victory in 2018.

Walker will saddle the two likely favourite’s in ELITE INVINCIBLE and KINGSMAN who ran one-two in the Charity Bowl and the Kiwi handler would be confident of both horses being in the thick of this finish.

Good luck to all concerned and may the best Four-Year-Old win.

Best Bets: (CURVATURE race 9, win), (ONLY WIN race 8, each-way) and (MAKANANI race 10, value).

Bankers for Jackpots: Race 8 (2, 3, 4, 5 and 8), race 9 (4), race 10 (1, 2, 3, 5 and 8) and race 11 (1, 2, 8 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; 10 TURF PRINCESS - 6 WHIZZY WALTZZY - 2 ASIA - 5 ZULU WARRIOR

A Maiden of moderate quality to start the Derby Day programme. TURF PRINCESS was disappointing when she over-raced and was found wanting late over 1600m last start but Lee Freedman is a Hall Of Fame trainer who knows how to win races on big days and after some tinkering with the gear, will have the thee-year-old-filly ready to make amends. Olivier Placais stays on and from a good gate if TURF PRINCESS can replicate he two previous outings over 1400m she should be too strong. Few of the others excite, though ASIA did show earlier promise before going awry and did enough when resuming to warrant consideration particularly with Vlad Duric to ride. WHIZZY WALTZY has speed, showed improvement in a non-premier Class 4 last start and with a positive ride can give a sight. KEEP WINNING and ZULU WARRIOR for the exotics. Betting Strategy - TURF PRINCESS win. 

1 RACE FOR FAME ** Only battled last start over this trip. Has been trying for a while but well drawn again and 4kg claim may help. 20

2 ASIA *** Had some support and battled on to be in mix with placegetters when resuming after long break. Having first turf outing but did show earlier promise and can improve with Duric to ride. 3.00

3 LIM'S SENSATION * Blinkers on but has shown little in three outings. 33

4 KEEP WINNING ** Slowly away and unsighted last start at first outing for new stable. Has placed at three of seven turf outings and could improve. 14

5 ZULU WARRIOR ** Held up in straight but not far away last start. Has placed only once in eight starts but suited this distance and could run on. 14

6 WHIZZY WALTZZY *** Improved last start in non-premier Class 4 when showing speed and fighting on despite being bumped at 200m. With a positive ride can give a sight. 6.00

7 BOUNCEBACK ABILITY * Ridden on speed and weakened last start. Fitter for recent outings but needs to improve. 50

8 LARSON * Has shown little in six starts. 50

9 WHAKAARIA MAI * Gets a tongue-tie but needs to improve on efforts to date. 50

10 TURF PRINCESS *** Over-raced and was run down when well supported over 1600m last start. Gets some gear changes and should be handy throughout. 2.00

11 WHY PORTS * Did nothing at debut. Needs to improve with visor added. 50

Race 2

Selections; 13 BOLD THRUSTER - 11 BOY NEXT DOOR - 1 EVIL WESLEY - 9 BLITZ POWER

A Restricted Maiden of limited depth where the most interest may be in the two-year-olds at the bottom of the weights. BOLD THRUSTER had support at debut but was green; he has since trialled strongly and with the blinkers going on, a good gate and only 50kg, he can improve for Barend Vorster. The interesting runner is BOY NEXT DOOR who placed twice in good 2YO races in NZ and ran unplaced in the Karaka Million; his most recent trial was sound and he could debut well, watch for support. Amongst the older horses, the one of greatest interest is the Saimee Jumaat-trained EVIL WESLEY. He had solid Australian form before arrival and was well supported at his Singapore debut when running second. The 3YO was spelled after that run and is now resuming on the back of two trials; he is poorly drawn but Vlad Duric could overcome that with a positive ride. For the exotics the only other runner of real interest is BLITZ POWER; he made some ground late at debut and his latest trial was solid. Betting Strategy - BOLD THRUSTER but watch for support on BOY NEXT DOOR.

1 EVIL WESLEY *** Resuming. Former Peter and Paul Snowden runner who has sound Australian form and debuted well in Singapore before a break. Recent trials have been solid. Poorly drawn but could overcome gate with Duric to ride 4.00

2 D'GREAT STAR * Has only battled since resuming and blinkers come off. Has placed three times in 10 starts but only on poly. 20

3 DRAGON HIGH * Blinkers back on. Yet to place in five poly starts but may appreciate 1200m, good gate and turf. 16

4 GROS PITON * By Pins. Trials have been fair. Watch market. 20

5 KING WARRIOR * Well back at both outings. 50

6 LOVE ME TENDER * Well beaten at debut. 50

7 RAIDEN HERO * Distanced at both outings. 50

8 RIVER SUPERSTAR * Hampered at start on debut but showed little. Michael Rodd stays on and could improve. 20

9 BLITZ POWER *** Made some ground late at debut and trial was solid. Could improve from good gate with William Pike to ride. 10

10 IRON FIST * Placed four starts back but has battled since. Needs to improve. 33

11 BOY NEXT DOOR *** Placed twice in good 2YO races in NZ and ran unplaced in Karaka Million from four starts. Most recent trial was sound. Could debut well. Watch for support. 4.00

12 AXEL ** Green but only battled at debut. Should improve with race experience. 16

13 BOLD THRUSTER *** Had support but only battled at debut. Recent trial was strong and can improve with blinkers. 3.00

Race 3

Selections; 1 BRINGER OF WAR - 2 SWEDISH MEMORIES - 8 GAIN ECLIPSE - 10 OLIVER

A competitive non-premier Class 4 with little between a number of contenders. BRINGER OF WAR has been improved by two outings since a let-up, is well drawn and will benefit from a positive ride by Vlad Duric. One to watch is GAIN ECLIPSE who is a lightly raced three-year-old filly that placed at both starts since coming to Singapore from Malaysia; she can show up from gate two. SWEDISH MEMORIES just missed last start, Michael Rodd stays on but needs to overcome the wide gate. OLIVER put in a solid effort at his first start for the Shane Baertschiger stable (over a mile); the trainer will have learnt a lot from that and blinkers come off and a senior rider in Matt Kellady goes on. Others to consider for exotics are HERO STAR and PARAGON STAR. Betting Strategy - BRINGER OF WAR win.

1 BRINGER OF WAR *** Showed improvement last start at second run since letup. Well drawn and will benefit from a positive ride. 4.00

2 SWEDISH MEMORIES *** Supported and just missed in this class last start. Awkwardly drawn but with Michael Rodd staying aboard can give a sight. 7.00

3 XIONG FONG * Disappointing at recent outings. Needs to improve. 33

4 FEROCIOUS * Has only battled at recent starts. Placed over this trip four starts back but needs to improve. 20

5 HERO STAR ** Won maiden two starts back and narrowly beaten in KSD last start on poly. In form and should be prominent. 12

6 SHE'S THE ONE * Freshened and dropping back in trip but poorly drawn and needs longer. 33

7 PARAGON STAR ** Caught wide but only battled last start. Poorly drawn again but could be prominent. 12

8 GAIN ECLIPSE *** Has placed at both starts since coming from Malaysia. Well drawn and should be handy throughout. 5.00

9 MILLION ROUND * Won Class 5 over the mile last start and may need that grade. 20

10 OLIVER ** Led and tired last start when coming from wide gate at first outing for new stable over the mile. Blinkers off and from good gate should be handy throughout. 3.00

11 THOTH WARRIOR * Has struggled since consecutive Class 5 Poly wins. May need easier. 33

12 BRING ME JOY * Only win was on poly and needs easier. 50

Race 4

Selections; 8 FAME STAR - 1 LUCKY HADA - 3 BEJEWELLED - 6 OUR SHOWCASE

On exposed form a moderate group of maidens which may bring the two new arrivals into play. The most interesting of the newcomers is LUCKY HADA who placed twice at Newcastle from three Australian starts; his most recent trial was solid and with Daniel Moor to ride, can debut well. Of those we have seen, FAME GAME has been runner-up at his past two outings and may have the best credentials. He is well drawn and with Olivier Placais up should be handy throughout. There are questions about the other main chances. OUR SHOWCASE has been close up at both outings and gets winkers but an inexperienced apprentice replaces Michael Rodd. BEJEWELLED wasn't helped by the wide gate last start and is poorly drawn again but gets Vlad Duric. The other newcomer, ON PARADE, placed at his first two Australian starts for Chris Waller before losing form; his Singapore trials have been moderate, watch for support. Betting Strategy - FAME GAME win.

1 LUCKY HADA *** Placed twice at Newcastle from three Australian starts. Most recent trial was solid and should be up to this. 3.00

2 ON PARADE ** Placed at first two of four Australian starts when with Chris Waller. Trials have been moderate. Watch market. 8.00

3 BEJEWELLED *** Only battled late last start but wasn't helped by wide gate. Poorly drawn again but gets Vlad Duric. 6.00

4 CENTURION * Struggled from wide gate last start. Best efforts have been on poly but could benefit from positive ride. 16

5 MY GENESIS * Distanced at debut and recent trial no better. 50

6 OUR SHOWCASE *** Close up at both outings. Gets winkers and inexperienced apprentice replaces Michael Rodd. Should be prominent from good gate. 6.00

7 SHAHBAA * Resuming after being unplaced at Malaysian debut. Trialling OK and blinkers added with market best guide. 16

8 FAME STAR *** Improving and placed past two outings (and had protest thrown out last start). Should be handy throughout. 5.00

9 BLUE HAWAII * Faded late at debut. Well drawn here and should be improved. 20

10 ALWAYS INNOCENT * Did nothing at debut. Gets winkers but gate no help. 33

11 SOTHISTHEONE * Needs to improve on efforts to date. 50

12 TIGER BOSS * Unsighted at debut. Needs to improve 33

13 SCOOBY DOOBY DOO * Has shown little at two poly starts but finally gets a good gate so could improve. 33

Race 5

Selections; 7 TRIPLE TRIO - 5 EYE GUY - 12 TARO SAN - 3 KING'S SPEECH

An interesting Class 4 with a number of promising younger horses not long out of Maiden company. The best of these may be EYE GUY who led throughout to win a Novice last start and has trialled well since; with Zaki to ride he will be hard to run down from inside gate. The danger may be his stablemate TRIPLE TRIO who had excuses and still won as the odds on elect on debut. He has trialled well since, Boss stays on and he may be one to follow. Of the rest that look promising, HEARTLIGHT gets blinkers and should be running on with Vlad Duric up while KING'S SPEECH won on debut and whilst this is harder can make his presence felt. Keep TARO SAN safe as he just missed on debut and can show up from the good gate. For the exotics include CHARIOTS OF FIRE and THE ODDS. Betting Strategy - TARO SAN each-way.

1 CRAZY DREAMS ** Led and faded last start but did return lame. Hasn't won for a while but suited this class and can be prominent. 25

2 HEARTLIGHT *** Fought on solidly in this Class last start after good win in non-premier grade. Gets blinkers and should be running on. 5.00

3 KING'S SPEECH *** Won Maiden comfortably on debut. This is harder and poorly drawn but looks a horse to follow. 6.00

4 STAR EMPEROR * Won Maiden at Woodville (NZ) from four starts before arrival. Looked comfortable at trials. Watch market. 16

5 EYE GUY *** Led throughout to win Novice last start and has trialled well since. Hard to run down from good gate. 4.00

6 THE ODDS ** Only battled last start but knows how to find trouble. Recent trial was sound and can improve with winkers. 12

7 TRIPLE TRIO *** Won well at debut on poly (with heavy support) and has trialled soundly since. Promising and should be prominent. 6.00

8 HAYTHAM * Recent trial was solid but has struggled since non-premier Class 4 win three starts back. Might need easier and Poly. 33

9 VERIZON * By Red Arrow. Full brother to minor winners Ballista and Bomber Bob. Trialling well. Watch market. 16

10 CHARIOTS OF FIRE ** Improved by recent racing. Gets 4kg claim and should be handy. 12

11 HOWL * Resuming and trials have been only moderate. Watch market. 33

12 TARO SAN *** Just missed when flying late at Singapore debut an has trialled well since. Should be prominent from good gate. 8.00

Race 6

Selections; 1 RED CLAW - 7 PEER GYNT - 2 SAHABA - 3 FIRST LIGHT

The usual non-premier Class 4 with no standouts and little to recommend most runners. RED CLAW has some credentials given he has been racing consistently and is suited in this class; he should be prominent for a long way. PEER GYNT led and was run down in this class last start; he likes this trip and could be prominent for a long way. SAHABA fought on solidly last start in this class, his only win was at this trip and he should be handy throughout. Two that could show up are BASILISK on the back of a good trial and FIRST LIGHT who has been improved by recent outings and retains the services of Vlad Duric. Betting Strategy - RED CLAW.

1 RED CLAW *** Racing consistently and suited this Class. Should be prominent. 3.00

2 SAHABA *** Fought on solidly last start in this class. Only win was at this trip and should be handy throughout. 4.00

3 FIRST LIGHT ** Improved by recent outings. Vlad Duric stays on and should be running on. 8.00

4 BASILISK ** Struggled last start but has benefited from recent trials. Won maiden at this trip. 8.00

5 HANGMAN * Never likely after being slowly away last start. Gets visor and could improve with positive ride. 25

6 KEVIN ELEVEN * Gets a tongue-tie but form poor. 50

7 PEER GYNT *** Led and run down in this Class last start. Likes this trip and could be prominent for a long way with no weight. 4.00

8 MASURAO * Won one of these four starts back but has struggled since. Needs to improve. 25

9 BRILLIANT ONE * Battled away last start but needs to improve on efforts since resuming. 33

10 PHIDIAS * Recent trial sound but race form poor. Needs easier. 25

11 SATELLITE STAR * Needs class 5 33

12 SUPER DAN * Did it tough last start in this company and wide draw makes this no easier. 33

Race 7

Selections; 4 HENG KINGDOM - 2 PLATO - 6 NORTHERN KNIGHT - 3 HIGHER SOUL

Another moderate affair where most struggle to win but two well-bred horses can be followed. HENG KINGDOM is very well related (his Grand Dam, Burst, won a Golden Slipper) and while disappointing since his Maiden win he had excuses not to win last start and gets his chance from gate 1. PLATO is bred-in-the-purple (a half-brother to a Golden Slipper winner) and won a Bendigo Maiden over this trip before arrival. He had support at his Singapore debut but never looked a like winning though he was not helped by a check at the 200m. The one that could threaten is NORTHERN KNIGHT who put in a good effort over 1200m last start and will be better suited over a trip which he has won twice while LUCKY TIGER and MINGS MAN can figure. Betting Strategy - HENG KINGDOM each-way. 

1 LUCKY TIGER ** Took a long time to win a Maiden and has struggled since. Gets blinkers and should be prominent. 16

2 PLATO *** Had support and was checked at 200m on Singapore debut but out of contention at that stage. Could improve over winning trip from Australia. 3.00

3 HIGHER SOUL ** Did nothing over 2000m last start but may be better suited this trip. Could be running on. 14

4 HENG KINGDOM *** Looked a good thing beaten given traffic similar affair last start and gets his chance from the ace. 3.00

5 MUSCLE BEACH * Has struggled since resuming and pulled up lame last start. Needs to improve and better on the Poly. 15

6 NORTHERN KNIGHT *** Led and fought on last start over 1200m on Poly in easier company. Blinker pacifiers come off and only wins have been at this trip. Keep safe. 4.00

7 MINGS MAN ** Ran on well last start over 1400m and can improve again with senior hoop. 16

8 AMAZING MAN ** Hasn't won for a while and best efforts are on poly but OK late last start and could show up over the mile. 33

9 MERCHANT MARINE * Maiden who can find easier with tongue-tie off for this. 50

10 VESONTIO ** Has battled since Maiden win but solid work late last start suggests he has more to offer at odds. 33

11 AVENGERS HERO * Distanced at recent outings. 50

12 MURDOCH * Won Class 5 three starts back and better suited there. 50

Race 8

Selections; 4 KINGSMAN - 5 ONLY WIN - 3 ELITE INVINCIBLE - 2 JUPITER GOLD

The beauty of the Emirates Derby form- especially this year over 1800m - is that most of the serious hopes have come through the same preparation with their last runs in the Group 1 Charity Bowl over the mile. So no rocket science needed to think the first four over the line - ELITE INVINCIBLE, KINGSMAN, JUPITER GOLD and ONLY WIN - will figure heavily again in this finish. And while he just missed in the Charity Bowl, KINGSMAN put in the best Derby run when flying late while ONLY WIN also showed enough late to think he has been set for this race and will figure at the business end. But it's hard to fault the winning form of ELITE INVINCIBLE and he is the benchmark while JUPITER GOLD gets the Takaoka polish and that counts for plenty. Of the others from the Charity Bowl that can improve, both LIM'S MAGIC and COUNTOFMONTECRISTO pulled up lame so worth another look on best form while MR EXCHEQUER will be running on late and may be a good value option for exotics. Betting Strategy - ONLY WIN each-way.

1 COUNTOFMONTECRISTO ** Barrier 4. Excuses in the Charity Bowl (lame) but query at this trip with winkers removed. 12

2 JUPITER GOLD *** Barrier 1. Returned to form on the Poly before running on very well in the Charity Bowl. Can win this. 6.000

3 ELITE INVINCIBLE *** Barrier 9. Fought hard to hold off challenge by stablemate in the Charity Bowl and will be in this very long way. 3.00

4 KINGSMAN *** Barrier 12. Just missed when running on very strongly in the Charity Bowl when blinkers added and hard to hold out over 1800m. 4.00

5 ONLY WIN *** Barrier 16. Has looked set for this race since running on well in the Stewards' Cup and again in the Charity Bowl. Big show if luck from wide gate. 10

6 LIM'S REGARD * Barrier 6. Has the miles in his legs, goes well for this jockey and will give a sight but should be found out late. 33

7 SKY ROCKET ** Barrier 15. Progressive type who knows how to win but facing biggest test to date and gate no help. 20

8 LIM'S MAGIC *** Barrier 7. Pulled up lame in the Charity Bowl when well thought of. Goes close if right. 12

9 MR EXCHEQUER ** Barrier 11. Run in the Charity Bowl better than the result and no problem at the trip with blinkers off. Value. 33

10 NEPEAN ** Barrier 5. Tested this level but only poor run in Singapore was on the Poly and should be prominent throughout. 33

11 YULONG XIONG HU ** Barrier 3. Jockey change - Juglall riding. Obviously disappointing last start but competitive on form prior. 50

12 ZA'EEM * Barrier 8. Impossible at the ratings but always runs on and progressive enough to sneak a place at odds with blinkers to winkers. 50

13 YULONG HONOR * Barrier 17. Disappointing last start and hard to consider at this level from widest gate. 100

14 AOTEAROA ** Barrier 14. Gutsy mare who will be competitive and a must for exotics with Pike to ride. 20

15 CLAUDIA'S BEAUTY * Barrier 13. Jockey change - Vorster riding. Found the Charity Bowl too much an ask and would need to lift dramatically to figure in this. 50

16 GOLD CITY * Barrier 2. Super honest mare but should find Group level a tough ask. 50

17 MAGNIFICENT GOLD * Barrier 10. Won in Class 4 last start and tested here. 50

Race 9

Selections; 4 CURVATURE - 3 ABSOLUTE MIRACLE - 10 CERTAINLY - 5 ROBIN HOOD

While there is plenty of recent winning form to go on in this Class 2 1400m event, CURVATURE looks very hard to beat. The 4YO former Australian hit the ground running in Singapore winning three from his first four and lost no friends when placing at his last two - his most recent at set-weight conditions at Group 2 level in the Stewards' Cup. He probably starts odds-on given he only carries 53.5kg in this field with Craig Grylls likely to get the favours from gate 5. Who beats him? ABSOLUTE MIRACLE would have gone very close last start and while the 5YO hasn't won since February 2017, he gets blinkers and should be value. Others to watch include CERTAINLY who has looked due of late, ROBIN HOOD who has found form, while BIRAZ, SOLARIS SPECTRUM and SPANISH BAY can be included in exotics. Betting Strategy - CURVATURE strong win.

1 SPANISH BAY ** Last start better than the result in this company and can play a part over 1400m at odds. 33

2 KRATOS * Having first start on the turf and have to take on trust on recent form. 33

3 ABSOLUTE MIRACLE ** An age since last win but excuses not to go very close last start and happy to follow at odds with blinkers back on. 12

4 CURVATURE *** Lost no friend with some impressive runs in top company and very hard to beat in this field with 53.5kg. 1.80

5 ROBIN HOOD ** Backed up good win this trip with a very good placing on the Poly over a mile and must be respected. 5.00

6 TARGET ** Usually seen on the Poly over longer but can go forward and run a very cheeky race. 12

7 SOLARIS SPECTRUM ** Turned around some poor form to just miss at long odds last start over the mile and pay to keep safe. 20

8 BIRAZ ** Can mix his form but ran on well with blinkers added to win on the turf last start and worth another look. 8.00

9 KIRKS RYKER * Impossible on race form but gets blinkers and recent trial was solid enough to expect improvement. 50

10 CERTAINLY ** Dropping back in trip but will be running on strongly and pay to keep safe with no weight. 8.00

Race 10

Selections; 3 CAPTAIN JAMIE - 8 LIM'S DASHING - 2 MAKANANI - 1 LIM'S ARCHER

A cracking Class 3 mile and while we are pretty keen on the smart 3YO CAPTAIN JAMIE, there are plenty of winning hopes and some terrific value on some improvers. But CAPTAIN JAMIE is a very progressive and versatile type and his efforts in all three legs of the 3YO series were admirable when placing in the Sprint and Guineas (and not a mile away in the Classic). That form should more than hold up in Class 3 Company and the mile on the turf is ideal. The Lim's stable will have a say in the finish with LIM'S ARCHER getting a very handy 4kg claim which will be a factor and LIM'S DASHING having excuses last start when supported over 1400m and gets his chance here. Another that wins without surprising is JUSTICE SMART who won in Novice Company last start and looks well placed here while MAKANANI could be the value bet of the day down in grade on the back of a very good trial. Betting Strategy - CAPTAIN JAMIE win, saver on MAKANANI. 

1 LIM'S ARCHER *** Jockey suggested weight an issue two back for only poor run of late so 4kg claim looks a smart move here. Goes close. 12

2 MAKANANI *** Looks impossible on form but excuses last start (missed start) and subsequent trial was very good. Value. 20

3 CAPTAIN JAMIE *** Placed in two of the three 3YO Group series and Guineas form will hold up here. Hard to beat. 3.00

4 SUPERNOVA ** Veteran who has found some form and pay to keep safe with no weight. 12

5 JUSTICE SMART *** Broke through for first win in Singapore over 1400m in Novice Company and that in good enough to follow with the mile ideal. 5.00

6 AUSPICIOUS DAY ** Looked to have every chance when disappointing in this company last start but worth another look on progressive form prior. 12

7 SACRED EMPIRE * Should improve with blinkers added but prefer others. 33

8 LIM'S DASHING *** Had support and excuses not to win last start and must go close here. 3.00

9 NEW SENSATION ** This is tougher than last start but won comfortably enough to include in exotics with no weight. 20

10 ZAC ACE ** Honest and will run on solidly but may need easier to win. 20

Race 11

Selections; 8 BLACK JADE - 2 ANCIENT WARRIOR - 1 ANONYMOUS - 15 ENCHANTED MISTER

Not an overly strong Class 3 to finish what should have been a great Derby Day's racing which gives BLACK JADE a chance to knock in an early win in his Singapore career. The 4YO brought honest (without being spectacular) form from the UK to Kranji but after a solid sighter on the Poly at his debut, he showed he wins soon in Singapore with good second placing over 1400m at his next start on the turf. Nothing jumps of the page to beat him although ANONYMOUS does look due to break his turf duck and will be running on sans blinkers while ANCIENT WARRIOR showed more than enough first-up after a spell to follow, although he will need luck from an awkward gate. Keep the first emergency - ENCHANTED MISTER - safe as he was in the mix with heavy support last start. Betting Strategy - BLACK JADE win.

1 ANONYMOUS *** Yet to win on the turf but handles the surface and will be running on strongly sans blinkers. 6.00

2 ANCIENT WARRIOR *** No luck at the barriers (again) but went close first up and has to be respected. 6.00

3 QUEEN ROULETTE ** Wins a race like this on best for but wide gate (again) makes this tough. 10

4 DUTROW ** Disappointing last start with support and not often seen on the turf so take on trust. 12

5 CAMBRIDGE * Resuming and needs longer. 50

6 MONTAIGNE ** Showed he will be competitive in this company two back but another usually seen on the Poly. 20

7 BIG MAN * Can go forward so gate 1 helps but not at his best of late. 33

8 BLACK JADE *** Irish galloper who has shown more than enough at two starts in Singapore to win a race like this. 2.70

9 FORTUNE SIX * Resuming after showing form back in January but may need the run with blinkers and tongue-tie off for this. 33

10 BOY WONDER ** Mixes his form and drawn wide here but the type to keep safe as goes very well when on song. 20

11 ATHENA ** Appreciates being back on the turf and worth thought in exotics at value. 20

12 TERMS OF REFERENCE ** Always competitive and usually each-way value so happy to follow with gate 3 a bonus. 8.00

13 RUSTY BROWN * Resuming after long break. Recent trial was solid but prefer to watch with headgear removed. 50

14 SUPER HERO * Put in eye-catching run two back so worth keeping safe but query on the turf and may be looking for easier. 33

15 ENCHANTED MISTER *** Drawn the car park but can go forward and has to be considered on what he showed last start with heavy support. 6.00

16 EFFORTLESS ** Like to see in easier company but ran on well enough last start to include in exotics at value. 33

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