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Race analysis and race selections for Friday's racing at Kranji
02 Nov 2017 | Singapore Turf Club 

RACE 1

A competitive looking class 5 on paper with many chances in the field. GET GOING (4) may well have done a bit too much early on in the race last time out when running 3rd on only his second class 5 run, always handy they clocked 24.50 for the opening 400m and with that he could well have paid the price with his finishing effort, dropping back to 1200m here could suit him nicely as he travels kindly throughout his races and does find a suitable race to once again enter the winners enclosure. MUSCULAR DRAGON (6) was recently given a strong hit out in a trial (60.41) to finish 3rd behind two Ricardo Le Grange trained gallopers, he like the top elect is little raced in this company and has gone around at short odds in his last two starts, he will stay a bit further if required to do so here and is having his first start for Leticia Dragon who has her horses in pretty good nick at the moment. New trainer KY Young is yet to saddle a winner but he does however run a horse with a definite chance in this by the name of DICAPRIO (2) who faced a tough task on debut for this stable but did run very well on his class 5 debut two back for the now retired Laurie Laxon, judged on that piece of form and a return to the turf he is a horse that can go well here. LEONARDO (5) doesn’t really jump off the page in this but last time out there were more encouraging signs from this lightly raced runner having closed off in 22.71 and will be racing over more ground here.

RACE 2

This is perhaps not the strongest restricted maiden ever run, but plenty of interested will surround the newcomers in the field. The selection here is the Stephen Gray trained EDDIE GRAY (2), A $65,000 2yo he has had two trials in preparation for his debut and is a full brother to both Green Card (x4 wins in HK) and Green Light (x2), extremely eye-catching in a recent turf gallop this son of All American looks more than ready to make a winning debut here in the second of the day for his inform handler. Another trainer doing good things with his youngsters is Cliff Brown and he will field newcomer KRANJI GOLD (5) here to be partnered by Barend Vorster, he has trialed nicely and at $77,500 this Hussonet 3yo has a nice pedigree also with his dam winning three and is a half-sister to Group 1 Adelaide cup winner Exalted Time, he looks a progressive type judged on his trials and breeding. KING OF HOUSEHOLD (1) was an 85,000 Euro 2yo from the Goresbridge sales and to date has trialed on eight occasions, showing form in those trials for CT Kuah to suggest he can go well on debut with blinkers first time, but the fact he is a US bred colt means he will have to shoulder the 57kgs and give upwards of 4kgs away to his rivals. Last of the selections is HARVEYWALLBANGER (3) who was far too green last month behind the useful Filibuster to do himself justice, he will now sport Pacifiers and should hopefully have learnt a lot from the experience.


RACE 3

In this Maiden 1200m race it looks as if you can just concentrate on the top half of the field. BELT AND ROAD (1) from the stable of Desmond Koh has run a couple of ok races now for 4th and 3rd placing’s and looks to be still improving. CC Wong sticks with the horse but he has to be able to handle an awkward draw of 12 on the short course. He tried to lead last start and was run down in the straight. ONE KINABALU (3) from the very much in form stable of Shane Baertschiger is trying to lose the maiden tag at his twelfth time of asking. He had his first run back from a spell recently and made good ground in the home straight to finish in 22.36 only 2.4L away from the winner. He should have trained on nicely after the first up pipe opener and should go close to winning even though he has been shy of the winners stall in the past. KING OF WAR (4) for James Peters who had two winners last Sunday is another in this race who has been knocking on the door recently suggesting a win will come at short notice. Stepping up to 1200m from 1100m last start where he was beaten 3.7L into 5th and also dropping a kilo in weight to 55.5kgs with Michael Rodd should suit. LIBECCIO (5) is another long standing maiden who lines up in this race for Stephen Gray and the inform apprentice I Amirul. The big assist here will be the claim of Amirul so will get down to 53kgs compared to recent runs where he has been lugging 55.5kgs or 57.5kgs and in those runs and always been within 3L of the winner. But be weary, another who has white line fever!

RACE 4

Tricky second division of a Class 5 1200m with horses rated from 27-36. At the top of the ratings is MAGIC PAINT (1) for Leslie Khoo who has his team tuned up nicely with a handful of winners last weekend. He partners with Glen Boss (combination has also won recently) and this looks to be the ideal race for this horse as he has been well backed in two of his last three assignments ($18/$19). More than capable of winning a race like this and the jockey booking is key. SUPER BIG (4) for CT Kuah who has certainly had his share of Class 5 winners this year must be accredited some chance in this race was S Noh on board providing a 2kg claim. Failed last start at $20 after leading but had been running well prior. Blinker-Pacifiers have been applied for the first time. LUCKY BOY (5) also has a key jockey change and that is Vlad Duric riding for Mark Walker. He hasn’t been beaten overly far recently when priced between $19 and $40 and was narrowly beaten when on this rating of 36 (his lowest) four starts ago. Blinkers go back on for Friday night. MILLION ROUND (7) was heavily backed two starts ago and could only manage second placing for Desmond Koh & I Saifudin. He is only 2 rating points of his lowest ever mark of 31 where he has prevailed in the past and market support close to start time is key to his chances.


RACE 5

The feature race of the night with some old favorites in the lineup and none more so than SUPERNOVA (2) for Bruce Marsh, this 9yo is racing extremely well at the moment and although he had to settle for 2nd last time out to McGregor after an epic battle up the Kranji straight he is better off at the weights with that runner this time around after giving him 4kg and going down by a narrow margin. A return to this trip of 1700m will do him no harm (Beat Mighty Emperor over C/D in April) he has now won 10 races, 3 for Vlad Duric and owes nobody anything but he could well add this Benchmark race to his already impressive CV. Having only raced on the Polytrack just the once BATTLE OF TROY (3) is a very interesting contender in this line up, raced almost exclusively at 1400m he made his local debut on this surface and early this year wasn’t beaten far behind subsequent Raffles Cup winner Gilt Complex and on his most recent run showed plenty of grit to beat the useful Mare Siamese Cat, a big run is expected. MCGREGOR (4) was very good last start in defeating the selection in a great finish but I think will have to settle for a place this time around at the revised weights, a winner over 1600m so the trip will hold no fears for this Michael Clements trained runner who will more than likely race forward as he did last time out, he is in good heart and should go well though a little more is required. MIGHTY EMPEROR (5) has recorded his last two victories over this course and distance and now has Nooresh Juglall in the saddle; he is a horse with tons of Polytrack form and can back up a good run last time with another one here.

RACE 6

There are plenty of well-tried types in this Class 5 1800m contest along with a couple of lightly tried types. One of those is CASEY (1) for Lee Freedman and rider Craig Grylls. He has only had a handful of races and has improved in each of them and arrives into Class 5 for the first time. In a Maiden 1600m race last Friday he was in front at one point in the home straight but was run down and it’s interesting that he moves to 1800m for the first time but he just might have a little more upside than some of his rivals. SATELLITE STAR (4) was a winner on the Polytrack over a mile three starts prior and has done his recent racing in Kranji D & Class 4 for CT Kuah. Apprentice S Noh has been engaged to ride with a 2kg claim which will mean he ride at 57kgs. Was in behind Secret Win last time out that of course went onto win the El Dorado Classic and is now a Gold Cup contender. DESTINY KNIGHT (5) for Stephen Gray who calls on his apprentice once again I Amirul must be rated a hope in this race. A winner over this trip on the turf two back and not far from race rival and last start winner Fortune Spirit at the 1600m receives 56.5kgs with the claim which should be ideal. FORTUNE SPIRIT (7) for Leticia Dragon and Olivier Placais steps to the 1800m after his winning performance last start on the turf with a light weight. No apprentice claim this time round but she should still be competitive in a race like this.
RACE 7

This is definitely one of the better races on the Friday night card at Kranji. DREAM COMES TRUE (2) for apprentice CS Chin went a huge race last time and was only just downed by Guilty Pleasures. With that effort this horse has gone up 3 rating points to land the top weight of 59 but has the benefit of the apprentices 4kg claim. This horse had been in good winning from a few starts ago when going back to back in Kranji D. Was last start just a flash in the pan, or is he good enough to shape up in this with a bit more weight? SIAM SAPPHIRE (6) has been in great form recently winning two in a row and then running 1L third to Awesome last start over 1200m in Class 3 company. Michael Clements has dropped him back to 1100m and in his three runs at the trip he has never finished worse than fourth placing. Stable mate SUPER LINE (7) also comes though the same race as Dream Comes True which was two starts ago and was seen making strong ground at the end of the race. Most of his recent runs have been in Class 3 and off light weights so this won’t be easy with an extra 6kgs to carry in this line up, Vlad Duric rides. UNSURPASSED (8) for Mark Walker and jockey R Sahfiq is another who has been racing extremely well in his past few runs. Carried a feather weight last time with an apprentice on so now has to lug an extra 9kgs which is a fair increase but he is a horse who has been able to carry 57kgs to victory in Class 4 which was 4 starts ago.


RACE 8

A very tricky puzzle to solve here. WAR STORY (6) showed enough last time out as a beaten favorite to suggest he can take this for Shane Baertschiger, he is only having his Tenth start and although he has now had Four runs in this grade he has only been beaten under 3L in all of them, boxing on well last time out when the winner (Kubera’s Chief) had the best run in the race and with conditions to suit he is the tentative selection in this with the blinkers now removed. CERDAN (1) hasn’t looked like a horse to rely on totally having been a beaten favorite on his last three runs and not seen since April when turned over at $11! He is for that reason still yet to win in 17 race day runs, he has trialed ok leading up to his debut here for Lee Freedman and this is not a strong race and he does have a bit more form then some which would have to put him under consideration to at least make the frame in this. HEE’S FORTE (3) who will have to bounce back from a poor run last time but unlike a few of his rivals he has won two races since June and PARKER (4) has a decent piece of form in August when 2nd to Unsurpassed which would give him some sort of claims in this also.


RACE 9

A cracking little class 4 to finish with as always on this Friday night with many chances in the field. The nod will go the way of the Leticia Dragon trained MELTING POINT (5) who on his first start here in Singapore was seen to great effect at the finish behind the very useful Deimos to close off in 22.90 (2nd quickest after winner) when 3rd over 1100m, the extra distance will suit this former Western Australian galloper who has wins at Ascot and Bunbury to his name over slightly further. DUTROW (3) has shown very solid form so far here in Singapore for Shane Baertschiger and last time out was beaten by the improving Silkino, he has done nothing wrong to date and over this extra 100m can certainly run another very good race. The downgraded TERMS OF REFERENCE (2) has been working very well and the form of his win over Splinter in June is good enough to give him a big chance in this, he faced a tough ask last time and this is much more his level, the quartet is completed by the sizable BUENOS AIRES (7) the James Peters trained entire may well have needed a couple of runs to hit top form and will now sport a tongue tie for the first time which can help him hit the line well here.


 

MEDIA SELECTIONS

 

SINGAPORE RACE MEETING:

FRIDAY, 3 NOVEMBER 2017

 

 

Overall 1st Selections

 

First Pick = 1 • Second Pick = 2 • Third Pick = 3 • Fourth Pick = 4

1st

 

Information is correct as at 2 November 2017, 3:29PM, Singapore Time

 

RACE 1

Overall
Ranking

Nicholas Child

Thomas Wood

Raymond Yong

Collin Fan

The New Paper

Punters' Way

Turf Guide

Wan Bao

Shin Min

1. ALRINA

4th

2. DICAPRIO

4th

3rd

1st

2nd

1st

3. EVIL SPEEDO

2nd

4. GET GOING

1st

1st

2nd

2nd

3rd

2nd

4th

4th

2nd

5. LEONARDO

4th

3rd

1st

3rd

4th

6. MUSCULAR DRAGON

3rd

2nd

1st

4th

4th

2nd

1st

7. SIR REGINALD

3rd

3rd

4th

9. TASSAJARA

2nd

4th

3rd

1st

1st

2nd

3rd

3rd

12. SMIDDY BYRNE

1st

 

 

RACE 2

Overall
Ranking

Nicholas Child

Thomas Wood

Raymond Yong

Collin Fan

The New Paper

Punters' Way

Turf Guide

Wan Bao

Shin Min

1. KING OF HOUSEHOLD

3rd

1st

2. EDDIE GRAY

1st

1st

1st

2nd

1st

2nd

2nd

1st

4th

2nd

3. HARVEYWALLBANGER

4th

4. HIGH LIMIT

2nd

3rd

1st

1st

4th

3rd

4th

5. KRANJI GOLD

2nd

3rd

3rd

4th

4th

6. POWER RANGER

4th

2nd

4th

3rd

3rd

3rd

7. RIN TIN TIN

4th

3rd

8. VENUS DE MILO

3rd

2nd

1st

1st

10. OVERSEER

4th

2nd

2nd

 

 

RACE 3

Overall
Ranking

Nicholas Child

Thomas Wood

Raymond Yong

Collin Fan

The New Paper

Punters' Way

Turf Guide

Wan Bao

Shin Min

1. WEST NORTH HILL

4th

2. BELT AND ROAD

1st

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

1st

1st

1st

3rd

3. ONE KINABALU

2nd

2nd

1st

4th

3rd

2nd

3rd

2nd

2nd

1st

4. KING OF WAR

3rd

3rd

4th

1st

1st

3rd

4th

4th

2nd

5. LIBECCIO

4th

4th

3rd

2nd

2nd

2nd

3rd

10. POWER WARRIOR

4th

3rd

1st

 

 

RACE 4

Overall
Ranking

Nicholas Child

Thomas Wood

Raymond Yong

Collin Fan

The New Paper

Punters' Way

Turf Guide

Wan Bao

Shin Min

1. MAGIC PAINT

4th

1st

2nd

2nd

3. SHUYING XIAOXIAO

2nd

4th

4. SUPER BIG

3rd

4th

3rd

3rd

2nd

2nd

2nd

3rd

1st

5. LUCKY BOY

1st

2nd

1st

1st

1st

3rd

3rd

1st

1st

4th

6. JOYOUS

2nd

4th

2nd

1st

1st

3rd

2nd

3rd

7. MILLION ROUND

3rd

4th

3rd

4th

4th

9. NOVA STAR

4th

4th

 

 

RACE 5

Overall
Ranking

Nicholas Child

Thomas Wood

Raymond Yong

Collin Fan

The New Paper

Punters' Way

Turf Guide

Wan Bao

Shin Min

1. CASTOR

2nd

2. SUPERNOVA

2nd

1st

4th

2nd

2nd

2nd

2nd

3. BATTLE OF TROY

3rd

2nd

3rd

3rd

3rd

2nd

4th

1st

4. MCGREGOR

3rd

2nd

4th

3rd

4th

5. MIGHTY EMPEROR

1st

4th

1st

1st

1st

1st

3rd

1st

3rd

3rd

6. TURQUOISE KING

4th

2nd

7. BLACK SWAN

4th

4th

1st

3rd

4th

4th

8. SMART VINTAGE

1st

 

 

RACE 6

Overall
Ranking

Nicholas Child

Thomas Wood

Raymond Yong

Collin Fan

The New Paper

Punters' Way

Turf Guide

Wan Bao

Shin Min

1. CASEY

3rd

1st

1st

4th

4th

2. CHAIRMAN WIND

3rd

4th

3rd

4th

3. MURDOCH

1st

2nd

2nd

1st

1st

3rd

2nd

4. SATELLITE STAR

2nd

1st

4th

5. DESTINY KNIGHT

3rd

2nd

2nd

6. FIRST PASSTHEPOST

1st

3rd

7. FORTUNE SPIRIT

2nd

2nd

4th

3rd

3rd

2nd

1st

8. KASHAN

1st

4th

2nd

9. PERCIUS

4th

10. DRAGON

4th

4th

3rd

1st

3rd

 

 

RACE 7

Overall
Ranking

Nicholas Child

Thomas Wood

Raymond Yong

Collin Fan

The New Paper

Punters' Way

Turf Guide

Wan Bao

Shin Min

2. DREAM COMES TRUE

2nd

1st

2nd

1st

3rd

3rd

3. LUCKY STRIDE

3rd

4. GREY FALCON

4th

3rd

3rd

5. HERO I AM

4th

4th

4th

6. SIAM SAPPHIRE

1st

1st

1st

2nd

1st

1st

1st

3rd

2nd

1st

7. SUPER LINE

3rd

3rd

2nd

2nd

3rd

1st

8. UNSURPASSED

2nd

4th

4th

4th

9. LONGHU

4th

4th

4th

2nd

3rd

2nd

2nd

 

 

RACE 8

Overall
Ranking

Nicholas Child

Thomas Wood

Raymond Yong

Collin Fan

The New Paper

Punters' Way

Turf Guide

Wan Bao

Shin Min

1. CERDAN

2nd

2nd

1st

1st

1st

1st

2. DIVERGENT

2nd

3rd

3. HEE'S FORTE

3rd

3rd

3rd

4th

4. PARKER

3rd

4th

3rd

1st

4th

2nd

2nd

5. SOUTHERN CHIEF

3rd

4th

2nd

4th

2nd

1st

3rd

6. WAR STORY

1st

1st

2nd

1st

2nd

1st

4th

2nd

8. HEE'S EGO

4th

3rd

3rd

9. JOHN DUKE

4th

10. SACRED CROWN

3rd

4th

 

 

RACE 9

Overall
Ranking

Nicholas Child

Thomas Wood

Raymond Yong

Collin Fan

The New Paper

Punters' Way

Turf Guide

Wan Bao

Shin Min

1. KNIGHT WAGER

3rd

2nd

2. TERMS OF REFERENCE

3rd

4th

1st

3. DUTROW

1st

2nd

1st

1st

2nd

1st

1st

1st

1st

5. MELTING POINT

2nd

1st

2nd

2nd

4th

4th

2nd

6. O'WHAT A FEELING

4th

3rd

3rd

3rd

4th

3rd

3rd

4th

7. BUENOS AIRES

4th

4th

8. ELITE DIAMOND

3rd

4th

3rd

4th

2nd

1st

3rd

9. PANACHE

2nd

11. SNIP

2nd

 

 

 

 

Value Bet

 

Nicholas Child

RACE 9 - 5. MELTING POINT

 

Thomas Wood

RACE 3 - 2. BELT AND ROAD

 

Raymond Yong

RACE 4 - 5. LUCKY BOY

 

Collin Fan

RACE 9 - 2. TERMS OF REFERENCE

 

The New Paper

RACE 1 - 9. TASSAJARA

 

Punters' Way

NIL

 

Turf Guide

NIL

 

Wan Bao

RACE 5 - 8. SMART VINTAGE

 

Shin Min

RACE 6 - 2. CHAIRMAN WIND

 

 

 

 

Special Bet

 

Nicholas Child

RACE 2 - 2. EDDIE GRAY

 

Thomas Wood

RACE 9 - 3. DUTROW

 

Raymond Yong

RACE 9 - 3. DUTROW

 

Collin Fan

RACE 7 - 6. SIAM SAPPHIRE

 

The New Paper

RACE 9 - 3. DUTROW

 

Punters' Way

RACE 5 - 7. BLACK SWAN

 

Turf Guide

RACE 9 - 3. DUTROW

 

Wan Bao

RACE 4 - 5. LUCKY BOY

 

Shin Min

RACE 3 - 3. ONE KINABALU



 
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