Sunday meeting preview, selections, comments and odds.
A bumper 11-race card is on offer for punters on Sunday and while a couple of maidens in KRANJI GOLD (race 2) and BELT AND ROAD (race 4) look good betting propositions early, the racing goes up a notch or two later in the day.
Race 7 and 3.45pm local time to be precise, when MAXIMUS and BLACK SWAN do battle again, this time over 1600m on the Poly.
The pair did battle over the mile on the turf two weeks ago where BLACK SWAN won in a thriller but with a 1.5kg pull in the weights from gate 1 back on his preferred surface, MAXIMUS can makes amends.
And while there is plenty of good turf racing to follow with leaders likely to have a day out on the E Course, the Poly will host the next best race with GRAN TORINO and AUGUSTANO going head-to-head over 1100m (race 10).
Both won very well on the all-weather track at their respective last starts and while GRAN TORINO will have admirers and can win again, the 4YO has drawn wide in gate 10, which gives AUGUSTANO the advantage from gate 4.
Great horses and great racing!
Best Bets: (KRANJI GOLD race 2, win), (BELT AND ROAD race 4, win) and (BANGKOK BOY race 11, value).
Bankers for Jackpots: Race 8 (1, 5, 8, 10 and 11), race 9 (2, 3, 7 and 10), race 10 (1 and 3) and race 11 (1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 9 and 12).
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; 9 AEOLUS - 8 SUPER BIG - 1 ALRINA - 10 ZAHIR
A battlers class five with some honest journeymen involved. Bruce Marsh has yet to train a winner this year but ZAHIR has just missed at both outings over this trip since resuming, with Vlad Duric replacing the apprentice Zyrul that may be enough. Another looking for a result is AEOLUS. He remains a Maiden after 20 starts but has been racing soundly and he placed over this trip four starts back and should get a good run throughout. ALRINA is also a maiden but might have fewer convictions than most of these; he fought on well when resuming over 1200m and should be improved. The bolter, however, could be SUPER BIG. The 7YO is the likely leader on a course that will suit and could be hard to run down with a 4kg claimer. Betting strategy - SUPER BIG each-way at odds.
1 ALRINA *** Fought on well when resuming over 1200m and should be improved. Extra distance should suit and with 4kg claim should be in the finish. 6.00
2 DARCI'S BOY ** Resuming. Has not shown up at trials but could finish in the mix if they can make use of gate 1. 33
3 GENERAL CONATUS ** Suited this class and battled away solidly over 1200m last start. Has won twice at the trip and should get a good run throughout. 6.00
4 POWER WARRIOR * Blinker pacifiers off but needs to improve on effort when resuming. 33
5 EVIL SPEEDO * OK work late last start suggests he has more to offer but headgear removed and needs to make use of gate 2. 50
6 MUSCULAR DRAGON * Ran past a few late last start and could improve with a more positive ride. 14
7 ANY RUMOUR ** Hasn't won for a long time but has placed at past two efforts over this trip. Should be running on. 6.00
8 SUPER BIG *** Recent form only fair but can lead and will be hard to run down at odds with 4kg claim a factor. 20
9 AEOLUS *** Still a Maiden after 20 starts but placed over this trip four starts back and should get a good run throughout. 5.00
10 ZAHIR *** Has just missed at past two outings since resuming. Gets Vlad Duric and that may be enough. 3.00
11 KENNEDY * Resuming after changing stables and gets some gear changes but form ordinary. 33
12 KING OF THIEVES * Blinkers off and only win was at this trip but that was long ago and recent form poor. 33
Selections; 2 KRANJI GOLD - 1 HENG KINGDOM - 3 AUSPICIOUS DAY - 5 ONE FORCE
The top three in the weights are all nice horses but have been finding it hard to break through. The most likely may be KRANJI GOLD who has been racing soundly but lacks a killer punch late. Vlad Duric replaces Michael Rodd and given he will most likely lead on a course (E) that suits on pace runners, he will be hard to pass late. The danger is HENG KINGDOM who was held up but ran on nicely last start; he is improving and should be hard to hold off. AUSPICIOUS DAY has solid form since resuming but is another who is finding it hard to break through; his recent trial was sound and should be handy throughout. Of the others, GALLANT ECLIPSE only battled when resuming but has trialled well since, CRACKING TOTTIE made some ground when resuming and extra distance may suit while ONE FORCE could improve first up. Betting strategy - KRANJI GOLD win.
1 HENG KINGDOM *** Held up but ran on nicely last start. Improving and should be hard to hold off if race run to suit back markers. 3.00
2 KRANJI GOLD *** Racing soundly but finding it hard to break through. Vlad Duric gets on and should be prominent throughout on a track that suits. 3.50
3 AUSPICIOUS DAY ** Form solid since resuming but is another who is finding it hard to break through. Recent trial was sound and should be handy throughout. 4.00
4 GALLANT ECLIPSE ** Only battled when resuming but has trialled well since and could find 1400m more suitable. Could run on. 8.00
5 ONE FORCE ** Resuming and has had two solid trials. Could improve on efforts to date. Watch market. 16
6 BOUNCEBACK ABILITY * Needs to improve on efforts to date. 33
7 EINSTEIN'S CROSS * Battled away last start. Blinkers and a good gate may help. 20
8 CRACKING TOTTIE ** Made some ground when resuming and extra distance may suit. Gets Michael Rodd and could be running on. 8.00
9 GOLD COMPANY * Needs to improve on debut effort. 50
10 LUCKY RED * Blinkers to winkers but needs to improve on efforts to date. 50
Selections; 6 THE GOLDEN GOAT - 4 SPECIAL RAIN - 2 MAJULAH - 5 EL TORDILLO
A competitive non-premier Class 4 with not much between the top chances. The one they may have to get past late is THE GOLDEN GOAT who has been improved by recent racing; he has trialled well since and with Amirul's 2kg claim and gate two should be prominent for a long way. SPECIAL RAIN placed in a stronger race than this last start and gets Vlad Duric; he should be running on. MAJULAH found the class too strong last outing and is better suited here; he too gets a top rider in Michael Rodd and with blinkers back on should be prominent from the good gate. The one up in class is EL TORDILLO but he impressed winning a Maiden easily last start and should be handy throughout. They look the main chances but NOVA STORM and LIM'S FORCE are capable of making their presence felt. Betting strategy - THE GOLDEN GOAT each-way.
1 NOVA STORM ** Tardy starts an issue but goes OK when he gets things right. 14
2 MAJULAH *** Just fair last start but gets blinkers back on should be prominent from the good gate for M Rodd. 4.50
3 ROYAL FORTUNE ** Had traffic issues when making run at long odds last start so look for improvement. 14
4 SPECIAL RAIN *** Placed in a stronger race than this last start and gets Vlad Duric. Should be running on. 4.50
5 EL TORDILLO *** Won Maiden easily last star but did get the favours. This is harder and rises 1kg but should be handy throughout. 5.50
6 THE GOLDEN GOAT *** Improved by recent racing and run down late last start. Has trialled well since and with Amirul's 2kg claim and gate two should be prominent for a long way. 4.00
7 LIM'S FORCE *** Only battled on turf last start following Maiden win (Poly) but better suited here. Should be handy throughout. 10
8 KEEP WINNING ** Maiden who has been running well at 1600m. Drops back in trip and will find this harder. 20
9 ACROSS THE SEA * Resuming. Poly form in similar company before break was solid. Watch for support. 20
10 LET'S TALK NOW * Won class 5 three starts back and better suited in that company. 33
11 PERKINS * Did nothing when resuming. Might need longer and easier. 33
12 TURQUOISE SON * Has struggled at recent outings. Needs easier. 50
13 PACIFIC PEARL * Did nothing when resuming and yet to place in eight outings. 50
Selections; 2 BELT AND ROAD - 1 ENHANCEMENT - 4 LUCKY MASTER - 3 LIBECCIO
A Maiden for those who have been taking a long time to break through. BELT AND ROAD was run down over this trip last start and has trialled well since; he rises 1kg but gets another chance to break through. ENHANCEMENT is resuming and was not far away over this trip three starts back on his Singapore debut; he may be better suited here and should be prominent. These look the top two although LUCKY MASTER could be the improver with blinkers on first time after a good blinker trial while LIBECCIO has placed at nine of 19 starts but never on the poly; he is well drawn and with a 3kg claim should be prominent. Betting strategy - BELT AND ROAD confident win.
1 ENHANCEMENT ** Resuming. Was not far away over this trip three starts back on Singapore debut and forward run expected here. 3.00
2 BELT AND ROAD *** Run down over this trip last start and has trialled well since. Hard to beat. 2.50
3 LIBECCIO ** Has placed nine of 19 starts but never on poly but well drawn and with 3kg claim should be prominent. 8.00
4 LUCKY MASTER ** Did nothing when resuming with support but gets blinkers and recent trial suggest he improves. 16
5 GANGNAM CLASSIC * Resuming after changing stables. Has shown nothing to date and well back in recent trial. 33
6 SILVER SKY ** Would like to see over longer but usually in the mix and this field has no depth. 8.00
7 PLUCKY LAD * Fair over this trip two starts back. Risky at gates but can improve with a positive ride. 16
8 CERDAN * Long term Maiden who will race prominently but fails to go on with it. Gate no help. 16
9 SUPER DAN * Recent trial sound but race form poor. Has placed once on poly in six starts. Improvement required. 20
10 ROCKET FIGHTER * Not the worst but yet to place in 12 starts. 33
11 ULTIMATE KILLER * Form too poor to consider. 50
Selections; 7 POWERFUL AS WIND - 4 GALAXY EXPRESS - 1 MATSURIBAYASHI - 11 DRAGON
A race for the one-pace battlers over 1800m. Hideyuki Takaoka has a reputation as a trainer of stayers and he may hold the whip hand. MATSURIBAYASHI struggled on the poly last start but his previous two efforts over 2000m and this trip in a higher grade were good enough for this. The stablemate GALAXY EXPRESS is an experienced journeyman in this grade; he placed over this trip two starts back and has won twice over the distance previously; with a 2kg claim he could get a good run throughout. However, POWERFUL AS WIND was run down over this trip three starts back, blinkers come off and should be prominent for a long way on a course (E) that suits. The 9YO DRAGON hasn't won for a long time but he has placed five times at this trip and could be charging late, as will BIG REGARDS. BATTLE PLAN and BRIMSTONE are all unknown at the trip but their racing style suggests they could be suited and are worth including in exotics. Betting strategy - POWERFUL AS WIND win, couple with the Takaoka pair in exotics.
1 MATSURIBAYASHI *** Drops in Class and recent turf efforts over 2000m were good enough for this. 5.00
2 BATTLE PLAN ** Placed once in 10 starts. Steps up in trip with Vlad Duric to ride. Blinkers replace visor and could improve. 10
3 BRIMSTONE ** Placed over a mile two starts back and should race handy throughout. 14
4 GALAXY EXPRESS *** Placed over this trip two starts back and has won twice over the distance previously. Suited here and with 2kg claim could get a good run throughout. 5.00
5 LIM'S MASTER * Yet to place in ten starts and steps up in trip. Needs to improve. 25
6 THE ONE ** Better on poly and yet to place in eight turf outings but can go forward and give a sight. 14
7 POWERFUL AS WIND *** Run down over this trip three starts back. Blinkers come off and should be prominent for a long way. 5.00
8 BIG REGARDS *** Ran on well last start and steps up in trip. Could be closing late if race run to suit. 8.00
9 AMERICAN SNIPER * Tested. 33
10 RED RACKHAM * Has shown little in 12 starts. 33
11 DRAGON *** 9YO who hasn't won for two years but should be charging late. 5.00
12 MOON RIVER * Has struggled at recent outings and needs to improve. 33
13 GRAND PARIS * Yet to place in nine turf starts. 25
Selections; 1 WIRA SAKTI - 2 ABEBE - 3 QINGDAO - 4 OVERSEER
A Maiden for those who have been trying for too long spiced up by a newcomer and another who debuted well. WIRA SAKTI placed in Australia before arrival and placed at Singapore debut over this trip; with natural improvement he should be hard to hold off. ABEDE had two Australian starts before arrival for a placing over 1300m at Newcastle; he has not shown up at trials but won't find a much weaker to debut against - watch for support. QINGDAO is resuming after a bleeding attack and has placed three times in 14 starts; he could show up with Vlad Duric to ride. The rest have little to recommend them but DONTLOOKDOWNONME has placed at his past two poly outings and OVERSEER has shown some speed before fading. Betting strategy - WIRA SAKTI to win.
1 WIRA SAKTI *** Placed at Singapore debut over this trip and should be improved. Should be hard to hold off. 2.50
2 ABEBE *** Had two Australian starts before arrival for a placing over 1300m at Newcastle. Watch market on the back of quiet trials. 4.00
3 QINGDAO *** Resuming after bleeding attack. Has placed three times in 14 starts. Could show up with Vlad Duric to ride. Watch market. 4.00
4 OVERSEER ** Has been found wanting in final stages of four starts to date but could improve in this field. Should be prominent from the good gate. 10
5 ANTHEIA * Did nothing when resuming. Only placing was on poly over 1100m. Tested. 25
6 ELITE ROCKET * Has shown nothing in four outings. 33
7 DRAGONITE * Has struggled at all four outings. 50
8 MYSTIC PRIDE ** Has passed a few late at past three outings but did not show up at trial. May benefit from senior rider and positive ride. 16
9 DONTLOOKDOWNONME ** Placed at past two poly starts. Gets back but could be running on. 10
10 ANGHIARI * Blinkers off after recent poor efforts. Needs to improve. 33
11 SPEEDY NANCHO * Gets tongue-tie but yet to place in six outings. 50
Selections; 1 MAXIMUS - 2 BLACK SWAN - 4 ROBIN HOOD - 5 AOTEAROA
The two major contenders in this KSB have met on several occasions recently and not much separates the pair. MAXIMUS is very consistent and just missed in this class and distance on turf last start; he is better on the poly and from gate one will be hard to run down. BLACK SWAN did indeed run down MAXIMUS last start, goes very well on poly and should be in the finish again. Don't discount ROBIN HOOD who ran from well back in the same race last start; he is improving with racing and will benefit from a positive ride. Of the rest, MIGHTY KENNY gets back on the poly and has a good record at this trip, AOTEAROA won well last start over 1400m while GOLD FAITH is competitive and gets Vlad Duric. Betting strategy - MAXIMUS win.
1 MAXIMUS *** Very consistent and just missed this class and distance on turf last start. Better on poly and from gate one will be hard to run down. 3.00
2 BLACK SWAN *** Ran down MAXIMUS last start, goes well on poly and should be in the finish again. 3.50
3 MIGHTY KENNY ** Gets back on poly and has a good record at this trip. Placed with Krisna aboard two starts back in KSA and should be running on. 6.00
4 ROBIN HOOD *** Ran on from well back last start over this trip on turf. Improving with racing and will benefit from a positive ride. 5.00
5 AOTEAROA ** Won well last start over 1400m but will find this harder. Won Maiden on poly but best form is on turf. 10
6 BRAHMA CIRCUS * Has struggled since Class 3 win three starts back and trip tests. 20
7 SANDTOP * Placed four starts back over 1600m in KSC but has struggled since. Might need easier. 33
8 GOLD FAITH ** Fought on in this class last start and better on poly. Should be handy for Vlad Duric. Value. 12
9 YULONG HONOR ** Won twice on synthetic in UK before arrival. Improved by recent outings and winkers off so worth thought in exotics at odds. 33
10 HERACLES * Wants easier. 50
Selections; 5 WHISTLING WIN - 1 CURVATURE - 8 MASTER MINER - 10 Q NINE MILLION
Nothing jumps off the page to win this Class 4 (premier) Poly sprint over 1200m but the recently gelded WHISTLING WIN should be in the winning mix. The 3YO improved lengths after 'the ultimate gear change’ to win first up over 1000m and had excuses last start not to win again. The step up to 1200m should not be a problem and M Rood looks a worthy replacement for J Powell who rides MONTAIGNE (who can also win down in grade) for the Baertschiger stable. The biggest danger could be CURVATURE who, while disappointing as the even money favourite at his Singapore debut, will benefit from the run and can figure on trial form. Of the rest, last start winner Q NINE MILLION can step up and win again with blinkers added while MASTER MINER and BOARD WALK resuming can figure. Betting Strategy - WHISTLING WIN, win.
1 CURVATURE *** Disappointing given the heavy support when only placing at Singapore debut but should improve for the run. Can win. 4.00
2 MONTAIGNE ** Form reads badly but gets blinkers and drops to winnable Company so keep an eye on the market. 12
3 SUPERSONICSURPRISE * Struggled since surprise win and have to take on trust. 50
4 LORD ASCOT ** Ran on well at Singapore debut before respiratory issues last start. Could improve and gets Duric. 20
5 WHISTLING WIN *** Would have gone close last start bar late check last start and can win stepping up to 1200m. 4.00
6 BACK TO THE TOWERS * Former Australian who has a catchy name but may need longer to show his best on the back of a quiet local trial. 33
7 COME AND TAKE ALL ** Got the favours when breaking maiden status and wide gate makes this tough. 6.00
8 MASTER MINER *** Solid without being a threat last start but looks a handy Poly horse and can win stepping up to 1200m. 12
9 MINGS MAN ** Resuming. Tough to follow and may need easier but recent trial looked OK and gets the favours from gate 1. 33
10 Q NINE MILLION *** Broke maiden status in slightly easier Class 4 company last start but pay to follow with blinkers added. 8.00
11 BOARD WALK *** Resuming. Honest enough and in this a long way from gate 3. 8.00
12 HIGH LIMIT ** Improved lengths last start when placing and pay to keep safe. 12
Selections; 7 MR HANKS - 10 CHARGER - 2 WEBSTER - 3 TALES OF SUMMER
As you would expect, some smart types head to the start in this Class 3 sprint and once again horses that race on the pace should come to the fore. CHARGER showed good early pace when returning to winning form last start and the 3YO will again figure prominently although the opposition is obviously tougher. MR HANKS - a juvenile Group winner - was disappointing when resuming last start but he can race handy from gate 3 and should have come on from that run. WEBSTER is another that improves on a couple of just fair recent efforts and the addition of blinkers is significant given he will need to race on the pace on the E Course. TALES OF SUMMER lead and won at long odds in a similar affair and while he has gate 11 to contend with, he has to be kept safe if he can again lead again early. Betting Strategy - MR HANKS each-way.
1 AWATERE * Resuming with solid trial under his belt and some hope if he can race handy from the good gate with 4kg claimer. 20
2 WEBSTER *** Gets blinkers after running on OK last start and can win on best ability if ridden positively. 8.00
3 TALES OF SUMMER *** Won at long odds when leading throughout last start similar affair and has to be respected on this track. 20
4 CONILAD * Runs on when in the mood but disappointing last start and not suited on the E Course. 12
5 SOUTHERN SPUR * Resuming after winning in Class 4 last start when leading throughout. Gate and company makes this tough. 20
6 UNCONQUERED ** First time on the turf in Singapore but should handle the surface given NZ form and in this a long way. 12
7 MR HANKS *** Disappointing but did get too far back when resuming. Can win with more forward run expected from gate 2. 4.00
8 LIM'S BLAST ** Looked a good thing beaten last start and will be running on well but not suited by the E Course. 6.00
9 SUPER SIX * Struggling and better on the Poly. 100
10 CHARGER *** Bounced back to best juvenile form winning well last start and in this a very long way. 3.00
11 XIONG FONG ** Disappointing last couple but can race on the pace and could show up at odds. 20
12 ALAMOSA EXPRESS ** In the mix at first turf run in Singapore last start and can include in exotics. 20
Selections; 3 AUGUSTANO - 1 GRAN TORINO - 2 HIMALAYA DRAGON - 6 BAFFERT
A very top heavy Class 3 Poly sprint with GRAN TORINO, HIMALAYA DRAGON and AUGUSTANO all above average on the all-weather track. GRAN TORINO won well last start when resuming over 1000m to give him three wins from five starts in Singapore. That win suggests he can go on with the job, however, he has drawn wide in gate 10 so O Placais will have to be on his game early. HIMALAYA DRAGON has also drawn wide but ran on well behind GRAN TORINO in that same race with excuses not to finish closer and expect much the same again. With these two needing to work from the wide gates, AUGUSTANO is the one they will have to pass late to win. The 3YO should dictate terms from gate 4 and he did look to have some in hand on the wire last start with the drop back to 1100m not an issue. Of the rest, BAFFERT had excuses last start so worth another chance. Betting Strategy - AUGUSTANO win.
1 GRAN TORINO *** First up win very strong and hard to hold out in this field. 2.50
2 HIMALAYA DRAGON *** Could have finished closer behind Gran Torino last start over 1000m and in the mix with more luck in running. 8.00
3 AUGUSTANO *** Won like a good thing should last start and gets the favours from gate 4. Hard to beat. 2.50
4 STAR GENIUS * Resuming. Honest but has struck a top-heavy Class 3 field and may lack the dash. 20
5 LUCKY STRIDE * Resuming after respiratory distress last start. Always looks a show and gets blinkers but a better option over 1400m on the turf. 20
6 BAFFERT *** Looked to be travelling well when checked badly last start in similar affair with support. Give another show. 8.00
7 HOST THE NATION * Needs easier. 33
8 LONGHU * Placed over 1200m two starts back but weakened badly last start. Might find these too fast. 50
9 REALLY CAPABLE * Looked to have something in hand when running on late behind Augustano last start but like to see over longer. 33
10 IMPERIAL WIN ** Resuming. Late Xiong Feng. Late Dan The Man. Changed stables. Hasn't won since $1 million race back in January 2016. Recent trial good. Keep safe in exotics. 33
11 SWEDISH MEMORIES ** Former Australian (WA) who has trialled well locally but has found a tough race. 33
Selections; 9 BANGKOK BOY - 3 REINE DASHER - 2 PER INCHARGE - 1 LIM'S RIPPLE
A wide-open affair with most having a winning hope on paper with race tactics likely to play a big part in the result. As it stands, the E Course usually favours on pace runners and while there are always exceptions to the rule, front-runners are the best bet. BANGKOK BOY certainly ticks that box and his last start maiden win suggest the penny has dropped and he can go on with the job from gate 2 with a CC Wong 1kg claim. REINE DASHER led last start when blinkers went on (although the saddle did slip) and battled on very well to place; a senior hoop in A Munro could be a good move. Too many others that can win to mention them all but PER INCHARGE is due and gets V Duric, LIM'S RIPPLE drops to a winnable grade and CLAUDIA'S BEAUTY is always thereabouts. Keep BORN TO BE KING safe at odds as he has early pace. Betting Strategy - BANGKOK BOY each-way.
1 LIM'S RIPPLE *** Drops in grade and steps up to suitable trip. Goes close if S Noh can make use of the ace. 12
2 PER INCHARGE *** Was odds on when just failing to run down the leader last start over 1400m and every chance over the mile. 3.00
3 REINE DASHER *** Led when blinkers added last start and would give a sight on this track if left to his own devices again. 10
4 ZA'EEM ** Ran on well after getting back from wide gate last start and expect much the same. 12
5 LITTLE MASTER ** Ran on well to win under Duric last start and has won for Amirul previously. Goes close. 6.00
6 BORN TO BE KING *** Just battled late last start over 1400m but has early speed and could give a sight at odds. 20
7 CLAUDIA'S BEAUTY *** Ran on last start and goes very close if handier in running from fair gate. 6.00
8 HIGHER SOUL ** Will be running on but not sure suited by the E Course. 20
9 BANGKOK BOY *** Broke maiden status in fine style when leading throughout and can win again from gate 2 with tongue-tie added. 8.00
10 AVENGERS HERO ** Nothing last start but led throughout to win maiden two back and can figure if ridden handy. 20
11 WEST NORTH HILL * Maiden who can run on when in the mood but eligible for easier. 50
12 DREAMER LEGEND *** Traffic excuses last start and the mile suits. Value. 15
13 SPUR ME ON ** In the mix last start and can figure at odds if ridden on the pace. 33
14 IN BOCCA AL LUPO * Needs easier and a track that suits swoopers. 50