Friday meeting preview, selections, comments and odds.
A standalone Friday meeting and while the big (and young) guns eye Group glory in the Golden Horseshoe and the Emirates Derby next Friday and Sunday respectively, it’s a good night for punters with value galore to be found.
Starting early on the card (race 2), a debutante in GYARADOS could sneak out to each-way odds on the back of some quiet trials but he showed enough to think he could play a part from gate 4 in a Restricted Maiden on the Poly over 1100m with little depth.
And with the turf racing on the E Course (long) there is often value about for those that can pinch a soft lead and FLAK JACKET in race 6 could do just that.
But it may be his stable-mate LINCOLN ROAD who is right on his shoulder and get the chocolates and both should be value in a small field that includes the smart SUPER FORTUNE and a talented newcomer from South Africa (via Dubai) in NOAH FROM GOA.
Keep some each-way powder dry for the lucky last where again a horse that may lead on a track that suits in WONDERFUL KNIGHT could win at odds.
The 7YO certainly doesn’t win out of turn but hopefully he hasn’t forgotten how to win as he will be value and looks suited with blinkers back on down in Class.
Best Bets: (LORD OF CLOUD race 3, win), (LINCOLN ROAD race 6, value) and (WONDERFUL KNIGHT race 8, value).
Bankers for Jackpots: Race 5 (1, 2, 3 and 7), race 6 (3, 4, 6 and 8), race 7 (1, 2, 3 and 4), race 8 (2, 3, 4, 5 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; 6 KUBERA'S CHIEF - 2 DAYUAN - 1 ANTHEIA - 3 GOLDEN SPARK
A Class 5 raffle to open the standalone Friday meeting from Singapore, with a couple of Class droppers just adding to the punters dilemma. The two horses in question are ANTHEIA and GOLDEN SPARK and while both horses look out of form, this company and race suits and they will improve lengths with the market best guide. DAYUAN was a recent Class dropper and showed more than enough last start to think he wins one soon but he, like ANTHEIA, will need luck after drawing badly. In their favour is the fact that KUBERA'S CHIEF probably leads and has also drawn wide in eight but given his recent form, he will be the horse to run down and can win this. SECONDWAVE has drawn to advantage in gate 2 and given he just missed last start, he gets a chance to make quick amends. Blanket over most others. Betting Strategy - ANTHEIA each-way.
1 ANTHEIA *** Recent form reads badly and drawn wide but will find Class 5 to her liking and goes close on best form. 12
2 DAYUAN *** Drawn wide but did it tough last start and was in the winning mix and expect much the same with 4kg claim a factor. 7.00
3 GOLDEN SPARK *** Recent form poor but will grow a leg dropping back to recent winning grade and expect support and a better run. 6.00
4 SWEET BUDDY * Struggling this campaign. 50
5 WEST NORTH HILL ** Maiden who has been getting some support in better company of late so worth thought in Class 5 but may need longer to win with blinkers off. 8.00
6 KUBERA'S CHIEF *** Foot on the till, will probably lead and hard to run down. 3.00
7 WITHOUT PREJUDICE ** Battled away last stat in similar affair and can include in exotics from the ace. 12
8 YELLOW JADE HORSE ** Always puts himself into races like this and will figure prominently throughout. 10
9 CROWN DELIGHT ** Backing up after solid effort at odds last start and another to include in exotics. 20
10 SECONDWAVE *** Just missed last start and will get every chance from gate 2. Goes close. 6.00
11 KING OF THIEVES ** Mixing his distances but not a mile away since shock win four starts back and could figure in exotics. 33
Selections; 6 GYARADOS - 1 CONATUS G - 2 KISS YOUR SONG - 5 WARRIOR KING
While there is little depth to this Restricted Maiden and a few of the newcomers would need support on just average trial form, two horses in CONATUS G and KISS YOUR SONG are due and should be the two punters jump on. Not much separates the pair and while both have drawn wide, they have enough early pace to make their own luck and should figure at the business end. However, both have been trying for some time and it may be a newcomer in GYARADOS who keeps them in maiden company for a little while longer. The Australian-bred filly looked very comfortable at her Official Trials and happy to think she gets a nice run throughout from gate 4 and can make a winning debut. Nothing else jumps off the page although two that improve at odds are WARRIOR KING who ran on well with excuses not to finish closer on debut and the emergency, BROADWAY SUCCESS, who did it tough at his debut and will appreciate gate 3 if he gets a start. Betting Strategy - GYARADOS each-way.
1 CONATUS G *** Gave the odds-on pop something to catch last start and very forward run expected again. 2.50
2 KISS YOUR SONG *** Draw a concern but can go forward and make his own luck and certainly due (over) to win one. 2.50
3 REIGN ** Resuming. Had support at earlier outings and has been trialling well. Well drawn and gets 4kg claim. Watch market. 20
4 SCORPION KING * Drawn wide and needs to improve on what he has shown thus far. 33
5 WARRIOR KING *** Had excuses not to finish closer when running on at his debut. Goes close with race experience under his belt. 7.00
6 GYARADOS *** Has looked very comfortable at Official trials and pay to keep safe with an eye on the market on debut. 7.00
7 RELIC WARRIOR * Hard to have on debut effort. 100
8 BELL AIR * Would need support to consider on exposed trial form. 100
9 HUNDRED HUNDRED * Name could well be it's odds. No. 100
10 LEGENDARY ERA * Gets blinkers after very poor debut and could improve on the back of OK trial with headgear. 33
11 MR O'REILLY ** Did it tough on debut so happy to think he improves for the run with gate 2 a factor. 33
12 SHANGANI * Quiet trial suggests market only guide on debut. 33
13 BROADWAY SUCCESS *** Did it tough from wide gate on debut and improves for the run with gate 3 a factor. 6.00
14 SUPER JIMMY * Will improve with racing but looks like he may need longer. 50
Selections; 4 LORD OF CLOUD - 1 ARHAT - 7 PANACHE - 2 MIGHTY EMPEROR
While you can make a serious winning case for the likes of ARHAT, MIGHTY EMPEROR and the last start winner, PANACHE, the 3YO Group form of LORD OF CLOUD is hard to go past and he looks the horse to beat. Yes, he didn't manage a top four finish in the Sprint or Guineas and was never involved after bucking from the start in the Classic, but he has shown more than enough to think he is a horse with a future and from gate 1 he gets his chance to show his best with the experienced D Moor a factor. But as mentioned, ARHAT wins a race like this without surprising and had excuses for not finishing closer last start while MIGHTY EMPEROR resumes after a very eye-catching placing and he will figure heavily in this finish. PANACHE and SACRED GALAXY are both good last start winners but it is PANACHE who handles the Poly better and can go on with the job. Betting Strategy - LORD OF CLOUD win, saver on ARHAT if value.
1 ARHAT *** Last run better than the result and handles the Poly so can win with blinkers downgraded to winkers. 5.00
2 MIGHTY EMPEROR *** Resuming after running on very well late in similar affair back in April and has to be respected. 5.00
3 SUPERNOVA * Veteran who is mixing his form of late and have to take on trust. 20
4 LORD OF CLOUD *** Excuses in the Guineas not to finish closer to the winner and more than handles the Poly. Big show with gate 1 a factor. 2.20
5 SMART VINTAGE ** Disappointing last start but runs on well as a rule and a must for exotics. 12
6 SACRED GALAXY * Won very comfortable in Class 4 last start but that was on the turf and remains a query on the Poly. 12
7 PANACHE *** Another last start Class 4 comfortable turf winner but he does handle the Poly and very cheeky run expected with no weight. 5.00
8 O'WHAT A FEELING * Runs on when in the mood but may be looking for easier company on what he has shown at his last two starts. 50
Selections; 2 BEN GUNN - 13 D'GREAT STAR - 11 AMISTAD - 5 SATELLITE CLASSIC
A very weak non-premier Class 4 event over 1200m and the tote could be the punters pal on the day. And given it's on the E Course, on-pace runners could be hard to run down and while nothing jumps off the page with the form to lead and win, BEN GUNN on best form could be hardest to beat. The Irish-bred 4YO arrived in Singapore as a raced maiden but duly saluted at his Kranji debut when leading throughout in a similar affair to this. And while showing little since, Duric will ensure he gets into a forward position early from gate 6 and if he can race on the pace, he will be in the mix at the business end. The emergency, D'GREAT STAR, is a maiden but has early pace, which will put him into position to win in this field with support likely. AMISTAD and RACING TALENT are two more that can go forward and run cheeky races (at odds) while SATELLITE CLASSIC has the best form going into this race but will need to be handy enough in running to win. Betting Strategy - look for value, BEN GUNN win.
1 WILDE RYKER * Blinkers off, tongue-tie on but needs to show more. 50
2 BEN GUNN *** Form starting to read badly but race suits and could give a sight with positive ride on the E Course. 3.00
3 HOST THE NATION ** Rarely seen on the turf but could play a part in this from gate 4. 12
4 SONORAN * Yet to show anything at two starts in Singapore. 33
5 SATELLITE CLASSIC *** Form better than most here and could play a big part if handy enough when things get serious. 4.00
6 LAND BELOW D WIND * Will be running on but needs longer to show his best. 7.00
7 RACING TALENT *** Found wanting over the mile last start and could give a sight on the E Course in this field. 12
8 SATELLITE STAR * Swooper who needs Class 5. 50
9 BIG BANKER * Another that will work home strongly but needs easier and longer. 33
10 LUCKY BOY * Just battling of late and needs much easier. 33
11 AMISTAD *** Draw a concern but gets tongue-tie after issues last start and could run a cheeky race with winkers added. 8.00
12 SUCCESS COME TRUE ** Excuses not to finish closer last start and solid form suggests he plays a part in this field. 7.00
13 D'GREAT STAR *** Maiden who can go forward and be hard to run down with blinkers back on. 8.00
14 AVENGERS HERO * Can go forward but should need longer to show his best. 33
Selections; 2 SPIRIT SEVEN - 7 GOOD WARRIOR - 3 SPUR ME ON - 1 KASHAN
Not a great race to start the Jackpot or Quaddie but hopefully we can narrow down the winning hopes to just four with KASHAN, SPIRIT SEVEN, SPUR ME ON and the maiden, GOOD WARRIOR, the likely contenders. Both KASHAN and SPIRIT SEVEN drop back to recent winning company and both improve lengths on recent form. Of the two, SPIRIT SEVEN looks the more likely on solid recent form with his 2kg claimer a factor while KASHAN certainly appreciates being over a more suitable trip but he may be better again when blinkers are added. Of the other two that can win, SPUR ME ON showed last start that this company is his caper and should figure prominently throughout, as will GOOD WARRIOR who probably has the most honest form of late and gets his chance to break his maiden status in this field. Betting Strategy - SPIRIT SEVEN small win.
1 KASHAN *** Hasn't gone a yard since Class 5 win but back in this company over the right trip suggest improvement. 6.00
2 SPIRIT SEVEN *** Won four starts back over 1700m. Drops back to Class 5 and will find this more suitable than recent outings. Should be in the finish. 2.80
3 SPUR ME ON *** Just missed last start, handles the Poly and trip so can win. 4.00
4 THREE LIONS * Maiden who may need to go to penalties. 50
5 KING OF GLORY * Maiden trying his luck of the mile but impossible on form. 50
6 PERFECT GIRL ** Maiden who showed some promise early in her career and may improve in this weak field over the mile. 20
7 GOOD WARRIOR *** Maiden who can go forward and recent form may be good enough to win this. 3.00
8 GOLD MOSA * Just battling. 50
9 LADY LIBERTY ** Not a mile away last start and can include in exotics stepping up in trip. 20
10 HEPHAESTUS * Struggles as a rule. 33
Selections; 3 NOAH FROM GOA - 4 LINCOLN ROAD - 6 SUPER FORTUNE - 8 FLAK JACKET
A real wild card in this Kranji Stakes A with NOAH FROM GOA making his much anticipated Singapore debut. The 5YO South African-bred gelding won at Group 1 level in his homeland before some solid form - albeit without success - in Dubai. Now with Ricky Le Grange, NOAH FROM GOA won a recent trial with blinkers very comfortably and he might be ready to show his best first up at Kranji. He will need to race very handy on the E Course to be a winning chance and with this in mind it may pay to keep LINCOLN ROAD safe at odds given he had excuses last start (respiratory) and could very well give a sight out front with V Duric up. The other likely leader is his stablemate FLAK JACKET who will also be value and could pinch this with no weight while Baertschiger also has ARAMCO who has a Group sprint win to his name but he may no be suited by the track bias. The horse that might beat them all is SUPER FORTUNE who looks well placed with 56.5kg from gate 2 and he may even start favourite. Betting Strategy - LINCOLN ROAD value.
1 POSEIDON * Not at his best of late and may find these too sharp. 50
2 ARAMCO ** Did it tough in the Lion City and has trialled well since but may not be suited on the e Course with best work expected late. 4.00
3 NOAH FROM GOA *** Former Group 1 (mile) winner from South Africa (via Dubai) who has trialled impressively. Can win if he can race on the pace. 3.00
4 LINCOLN ROAD *** Respiratory excuses last start so pay to forget as he will lead and be hard to run down on the E Course. 5.00
5 MR FANTASTIC * Honest enough and will be battling way late but needs to find a length before considering. 20
6 SUPER FORTUNE *** Never involved from wide gate in the Lion City Cup but worked home well enough to consider from better alley in this field. 3.00
7 TWICKENHAM * Can go forward if circumstances permit but should need longer. 33
8 FLAK JACKET *** Form solid enough to think he can give a sight back on his preferred surface with forward run expected from gate 1 with no weight. 12
Selections; 1 KINGS RYKER - 2 O'REILLY'S DANCER - 3 LITTLE MASTER - 4 SANDTOP
A good quality non-premier class 4 over 1800m with a number of chances having solid credentials at the distance. KINGS RYKER improved to place in KSC Company over this trip last start and given Craig Grylls stays on and he rises only 2kg in an easier grade, he can win. The other main contender is O'REILLY'S DANCER who has been racing soundly and was run down late two starts back in this class over the 1800m distance; he was ridden back last start but if JP goes forward again he can win on the E Course. Of the others, DUSSELDORF has shown improvement at recent starts and had a Group 2 placing to his credit in Australia before arrival whilst SANDTOP was a star in Macau and might now be starting to find his level in Singapore with this being the weakest grade in which he has competed. The chances don't end there with the consistent LITTLE MASTER likely to run a very forward race while LIM'S RIPPLE, SMART RACER, KHUDAWAND and the class dropper MAGNIFICENT GOLD are all capable at the trip. Betting Strategy - LITTLE MASTER each-way.
1 KINGS RYKER *** Improved to place in KSC company over this trip last start. Craig Grylls stays on and rises only 2kg in easier grade. Can win this. 4.00
2 O'REILLY'S DANCER *** Racing soundly and was run down late two starts back in this class over 1800m distance. Goes close if J Powell takes the initiative again. 4.00
3 LITTLE MASTER *** Racing consistently since Maiden win four starts back. Steps up in trip, Amirul claims 2kg and could give a sight. 8.00
4 SANDTOP *** Yet to win in Singapore but has been handy at past two outings and this is weakest grade tackled since coming from Macau. Senior rider helps. 6.00
5 DUSSELDORF ** Runs on well and distance suits but not suited by probable leaders biased track. 6.00
6 HUMDINGER * Runs on when in the mood but tested against these on recent form. 50
7 LIM'S RIPPLE ** Just missed over this trip three starts back and not disgraced at most recent outings. Could be running on but need race to suit back markers. 8.00
8 MAGNIFICENT GOLD ** Returned not striding out freely last start. Will find this easier than recent outings. Bred for this trip and could improve for Michael Rodd. 20
9 KHUDAWAND ** Placed over 1600m last start in this grade. This is a stronger race but placed only try at the trip and could show up. 20
10 SMART RACER ** Held up and ran on solidly last start over 1600m in this grade. Won over 1900m before arrival and another for exotics. 20
11 DREAM BIG ** Put in a dour effort to break through for first win in this class last start over 2000m. Has trialled since and should be prominent but has found a strong race. 33
12 GANNET * Won over 2000m before arrival but only Singapore win was at 1400m and recent form moderate. Prefer others. 50
13 ABEBE * Maiden whose form is solid but eligible for easier. Unknown at 1800m. 50
14 ACE HARBOUR ** Seventeen start Maiden who just missed over 2000m last outing in this grade. Rarely runs poorly but can find easier. 50
Selections; 5 WONDERFUL KNIGHT - 4 STORM TROOPER - 10 GOLD STRIKE - 3 EASTIGER
A relatively poor Class 4 of little depth finishes off proceedings. STORM TROOPER fought hard to place in this Class when resuming despite the rider dropping his reins over the final stages; he gets Vlad Duric and whilst better over longer can show up from good gate. EASTIGER is super consistent in this class and while poorly drawn he gets a 4kg claim and he could be running on. The danger on the E Course may be WONDERFUL KNIGHT. The 7YO is down in Class, gets blinkers and can lead which means plenty on this track. Of the others, DAZZLING SPEED won narrowly in a Class 4 non-premier over this trip last start while GOLD STRIKE broke through last start in Maiden Company and from the good gate he could be prominent. CHARIOTS OF FIRE and REALLY CAPABLE both get on to their preferred surface and could improve. Betting strategy - WONDERFUL KNIGHT each-way.
1 BILLY MOJO ** Just battled at first outing from lengthy spell but will strip fitter and some show at odds if he goes forward from wide gate. 33
2 DAZZLING SPEED *** Won narrowly in Class 4 non-premier over this trip last start. Rises 0.5 kg and will find this harder from awkward gate but this is not a strong field. 5.00
3 EASTIGER *** Consistent in this class. Poorly drawn again but 4kg claim helps and could be running on. 3.50
4 STORM TROOPER *** Fought hard to place in this class when resuming despite rider dropping reins. Gets Vlad Duric and whilst might prefer longer can show up from good gate. 3.50
5 WONDERFUL KNIGHT *** Significant drop in Class and gets blinkers in a race and course that suits. Can lead and can win. 10
6 REALLY CAPABLE ** Has been struggling on poly since resuming but gets on to preferred surface and could improve in this class. 33
7 CHARIOTS OF FIRE ** Battled on soundly when resuming after long break. Only win was on turf at this trip and could improve if ridden positively from wide gate. 14
8 FAREES ** Disappointed on poly last start and has since changed stables. Only win was on turf over 1400m. Watch market. 33
9 CLASSIC * Has been battling at 1400m and drops back in trip. Could be running on. 14
10 GOLD STRIKE *** Broke through for Maiden win last start. This is harder but from good gate should be prominent. 6.00
11 PACIFIC OCEAN * Recent trial sound but race form poor. Improvement needed. 33
12 INVINCIBLE MAN * Poorly drawn and best form on poly. Looking for easier. 50
13 WHITE COFFEE * Rising 11YO having 98th career start. Runs on but needs easier. 50
14 RAFALE * Showed improvement last start but might need easier. 50