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

RACE 1

Another tricky Class 5 field to try and find the winner from. SOLITAIRE (2) the 9yo now with David Kok, believe it or not, is having his first start in Class 5 at his 56th  raceday appearance. He has been a good horse over the years winning five and placing on nineteen occasions. It may pay to keep an eye on him in this line-up. From the trials WAR STORY (4) out of the Shane Baertschiger yard trialled really nicely last week to win in 61.49 and looked to be under a good hold by John Powell. He had the addition of the blinker-pacifiers which seem to do the job. He looks to be a very strong chance to break through at his ninth time of asking. OCEAN GENERAL (5) was runner-up last start and looks like he is going to hit some winning form shortly. He is only having his third run from the stable of Leticia Dragon and drops 1.5kgs from his last run which will benefit. KUBERA’S CHIEF (7) for Leslie Khoo has run 4th in three of his last five starts and hasn’t gone round at anything bigger than $90. A horse who certainly doesn’t win out of turn but should be kept safe.

RACE 2

Plenty of interest in this Initiation with many lightly-raced types engaged. TESORO PRIVADO (9) will benefit from his first-up outing where he produced an eye-catching finale to close off for an excellent third. Looks like he is still learning and further improvement is expected from this Ricardo Le Grange-trained 3yo. He will certainly appreciate the lighter weight and looks promising. SKY ROCKET (7) was a strong trial winner in New Zealand at Avondale over 800m earlier this year when still a colt. He makes his debut here for trainer Stephen Gray as a 4yo and has since been gelded. When he won his trial in New Zealand he led and looked impressive and he also produced an all-the-way trial win recently in Singapore clocking a moderate 61.32. There is a big market watch on this son of Casino Prince who might be hard to run down if he leads on the Short Course. However, his main rivals have a much lighter weight so he’ll need to be good on debut to win with 57.5kg. IFFRAGAL (10) has tremendous form with a narrow defeat in the G3 Juvenile Championship. At her next start young apprentice Krisna Thangamani was engaged to ride the filly off the lightweight of 48kgs where she was considered a “good thing”. Unfortunately things went wrong, with the filly wobbling around the final bend and drifting out to unfavourable ground. The Al Arabiya Stable’s 3yo has trialled since and the services of Al Arabiya’s preferred jockey Oscar Chavez have been engaged. THE ODDS (1) dropped back into a Maiden last time and looked very unlucky with jockey Michael Rodd unable to find much room at a crucial stage. His racing pattern suggests he may get back in the field again and be running home strongly so it might have been preferable if this race were on the Long Course.

RACE 3

This class 4 contest looks an ideal opportunity for CHASE (2) to get back to winning ways for the first time since last June. This Alwin Tan-trained runner has only ever had two starts in this grade, resulting in a victory and a very close 2nd three runs ago to Lucky Justice on this surface, he has a touch of class and finds himself in a race that he can most certainly win. Mark Walker is represented by NORTHERN KNIGHT (1) here, who last time out just bumped into one too good in the shape of the progressive grey Gold Faith. That run was over the course and distance and he was sporting the refitted earmuffs (has won in earmuffs) and shaped as if another big run can be expected this time around. ARR FLAIR (7) has been running some really nice races of late over both 1400 and 1600m and had been seen to close off very well in both, which bodes well for another try over this trip. KHUDAWAND (5) steps up in grade and dead-heated last time out with Fuego, he is still lightly-raced and open to a little more improvement and can play a part in the finish of this.

RACE 4

There are a few well-tried types in this race who should have won before now. O’REILLY STAR (3) definitely falls into that category; The Mark Walker-trained 4YO has been a bit disappointing in recent runs. He ended up well back in the run and was finishing off alright albeit having to change ground over the final stages. Punters’ confidence and patience will be wearing thin no doubt. MR HOPKINS (7) has only been to the races twice but looks to be improving with each run. He also comes through the same Lim’s Magic race and the way he made ground, 1600m for this race looks absolutely ideal. ACE HARBOUR (8) from the Ricardo Le Grange stable hasn’t been beaten far recently in his last two starts at $33 and $55. He looked to run home stylishly behind a smart type in Lim’s Magic to be beaten 2.3L into 2nd place and still looks like he has a bit of ring craft to learn yet. Wide draw won't make it easy for him.  AUSPICIOUS DAY (10) just might be the best of the rest here for trainer Leslie Khoo. Last start he was backed into $20 in an Open Maiden 1400m race with Zuriman Zulkifli on board and closed off the race nicely in 22.78 for the last 400m. If he can produce a similar effort he has to be respected as a quartet player.

RACE 5

A rather weak looking Class 5 where the top rated horse sits on 33 rating points. That horse is AMISTAD (1) who was a last start winner at a hefty price off 26 points from the Michael Clements stable. That arguably was a stronger race than what he meets here which gives him every opportunity to grab a double in the grade. He has risen 7kgs from that last start. WALTERS BAY (4) has been fair in his last couple of efforts in Open Maiden and Class 5. He has been seen in action at the trials recently when placed 4th. Outside of those two mentioned above it is extremely tricky with the majority of them very much out of form. PEREGRINE FALCON (7) for Leslie Khoo is out of form but has gone round at anything between $17and $259 in his five runs this year so who knows that he is going to do, he does have glimpses of Class 5 1200m form in his past. TENMA (8) has gone the odd good race from time to time but probably would be better suited over slightly more ground.

RACE 6

Interesting field assembled for the Class 5 1800m contest. CLUTHA LAD (1) gets his chance once again in Class 5 company after his solid 4th placing behind race rival Sugartime Jazz. He’s a genuine type in this grade but he has struggled to break through for the win with his three runs in the grade carrying 59kgs. SUGARTIME JAZZ (2), aided by a nice frontrunning ride from Oscar Chavez nabbed the victory at 1700m to return punters $104 which was his biggest quote for some time. That means he is hard to follow and very rarely backs up a good performance from one race to another, however he does have the 3kg claim of Chin Chee Seng. Take on trust. KEY ON KODIAC (8) has been close up in his last couple of runs for 3rd placings from the stable of Cliff Brown. He has been finishing off his races okay and deserves to snare a victory for his connections. TOOBIGTOFAIL (9) for trainer Bruce Marsh was seen running on okay at the end of his 1200m race last Friday night. He has been tried over a few different trips recently and has found himself back at 1700m which is a distance he has won at before in Class 5 and drops 2.5kgs from his last run which looks to suit.

RACE 7

A very competitive line-up to face the starter in this Class 3 contest. MR LUCK (1) who didn’t have any of that at all last start from the in-form Desmond Koh stable and gets no favours again drawing 13 of 13 for the second time in a row. He is a horse who has form in the grade and also at the 1200m distance but things never went his way last start when he drew wide off the track and was caught out there throughout the race and in the straight was right there until the last 100m, it was a brave effort. MARINE TREASURE (2) has had a fantastic last three months or so. Last start in a race where there was plenty of speed, jockey Vlad Duric was constantly at him throughout the run but he did finish the race off nicely. He also added a little extra distance would more than likely suit and he gets that for this run up to the 1200m and he was also found to be not striding out freely. DRACO (5) was a last-start winner for trainer Cliff Brown in a Class 4 race over 1200m. A horse who has always looked above average, he has since had a trial where he placed third behind a new import to Singapore who looks to be a nice type. Barrier 12 is not ideal but keep an eye out for Draco at the end of the race because he can really charge home. SIAM SAPPHIRE (11) looks to be a horse who has not finished winning yet. He has won his last two races in Class 4 and looks to be a type that can take the step-up and be competitive in Class 3 with a light weight of 52kgs. In his twelve runs to date he has only been placed worse than fourth on four occasions so looks to be a must for the quartet.

RACE 8

This looks to be a pretty open Class 4 race with a number of winning hopes. KATAGAS (1) is one of those from the Lee Freedman barn and he has been working well throughout the week leading into this. Recently he hasn’t been far away and being back down to 57kgs from 58kgs last start, he looks to get his opportunity to pick up this race. CHOCOLATS (3) is a new import from Australia and has joined the stable of Shane Baertschiger. He arrived in Singapore from Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott with a record of four starts for a win and a placing with the victory posted over 1350m at Newcastle which was nothing short of exceptional. He has placed second in both of his trials here and the most recent of them is definitely worth having a look at. MADE IN CHINA (6) has been beaten by 2.1L in his last two runs in this grade over 1200m at $28 and $22. The James Peters- trained gelding stepping up a little further for this run looks to suit his chances. LIM’S GREETING (7) has been tried over 1400m in his last four runs in this grade and is backing up from last Friday night when the grey closed off nicely to run second beaten half a length. He has won at this distance, also in the grade but that goes back to July 2015. Jumps up an extra kilo from last Friday for Steve Burridge.


 

MEDIA SELECTIONS

 

SINGAPORE RACE MEETING:

FRIDAY, 13 OCTOBER 2017

 

 

Overall 1st Selections

 

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

1st

 

Information is correct as at 12 October 2017, 3:37PM, Singapore Time

 

RACE 1

Overall
Ranking

Matthew Jones

Nicholas Child

Thomas Wood

Raymond Yong

Collin Fan

The New Paper

Punters' Way

Turf Guide

Wan Bao

Shin Min

2. SOLITAIRE

2nd

2nd

4th

3. SUPER DAN

3rd

4th

2nd

3rd

4. WAR STORY

2nd

1st

1st

1st

4th

1st

2nd

3rd

3rd

2nd

5. OCEAN GENERAL

1st

4th

4th

1st

2nd

1st

1st

1st

2nd

1st

6. CAVATINA

4th

4th

3rd

1st

7. KUBERA'S CHIEF

3rd

3rd

2nd

3rd

4th

3rd

2nd

3rd

9. FAST JET

4th

3rd

2nd

4th

4th

4th

 

 

RACE 2

Overall
Ranking

Matthew Jones

Nicholas Child

Thomas Wood

Raymond Yong

Collin Fan

The New Paper

Punters' Way

Turf Guide

Wan Bao

Shin Min

1. THE ODDS

1st

4th

2nd

4th

1st

1st

4th

1st

1st

2nd

3rd

4. EL TORDILLO

4th

7. SKY ROCKET

4th

1st

1st

2nd

3rd

2nd

2nd

8. SPEEDY NANCHO

4th

9. TESORO PRIVADO

2nd

2nd

1st

2nd

3rd

3rd

2nd

4th

1st

2nd

10. IFFRAGAL

3rd

3rd

3rd

3rd

4th

4th

1st

3rd

3rd

3rd

1st

11. CRACKING TOTTIE

4th

2nd

4th

 

 

RACE 3

Overall
Ranking

Matthew Jones

Nicholas Child

Thomas Wood

Raymond Yong

Collin Fan

The New Paper

Punters' Way

Turf Guide

Wan Bao

Shin Min

1. NORTHERN KNIGHT

1st

2nd

2nd

2nd

4th

3rd

1st

1st

1st

2nd

3rd

2. CHASE

1st

1st

3rd

4. SUPER JOE

2nd

4th

1st

1st

4th

2nd

2nd

1st

4th

5. KHUDAWAND

3rd

3rd

4th

3rd

3rd

1st

4th

2nd

3rd

2nd

7. ARR FLAIR

4th

3rd

4th

2nd

2nd

3rd

4th

4th

4th

1st

8. FALKIRK LEAD

3rd

 

 

RACE 4

Overall
Ranking

Matthew Jones

Nicholas Child

Thomas Wood

Raymond Yong

Collin Fan

The New Paper

Punters' Way

Turf Guide

Wan Bao

Shin Min

2. CAI POH WANG

3rd

1st

3rd

3rd

2nd

2nd

3. O'REILLY STAR

4th

3rd

4th

5. ROCKET FIGHTER

2nd

7. MR HOPKINS

1st

1st

2nd

2nd

1st

1st

1st

1st

1st

1st

2nd

8. ACE HARBOUR

2nd

2nd

1st

4th

4th

4th

4th

3rd

3rd

1st

9. PACIFIC PEARL

2nd

10. AUSPICIOUS DAY

4th

3rd

4th

2nd

3rd

3rd

4th

3rd

12. SNAGGLE PUSS

3rd

2nd

4th

4th

 

 

RACE 5

Overall
Ranking

Matthew Jones

Nicholas Child

Thomas Wood

Raymond Yong

Collin Fan

The New Paper

Punters' Way

Turf Guide

Wan Bao

Shin Min

1. AMISTAD

1st

1st

1st

1st

4th

2nd

1st

1st

3rd

1st

3. NOVA STAR

3rd

4th

3rd

4. WALTERS BAY

2nd

4th

3rd

2nd

1st

2nd

2nd

1st

1st

2nd

5. SACRED CROWN

3rd

2nd

1st

6. ONE O NINE

3rd

3rd

2nd

8. TENMA

3rd

2nd

2nd

4th

4th

9. ALWAYS A WINNER

4th

3rd

2nd

3rd

10. CASSIS OOLONG

3rd

3rd

4th

3rd

4th

4th

4th

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RACE 6

Overall
Ranking

Matthew Jones

Nicholas Child

Thomas Wood

Raymond Yong

Collin Fan

The New Paper

Punters' Way

Turf Guide

Wan Bao

Shin Min

1. CLUTHA LAD

3rd

3rd

1st

4th

1st

3rd

2nd

3rd

2. SUGARTIME JAZZ

4th

3. MONGOLIAN CHIEF

1st

3rd

3rd

4th

5. GALAXY EXPRESS

3rd

4th

4th

1st

4th

6. GALLANT HEIGHTS

2nd

8. KEY ON KODIAC

1st

4th

2nd

2nd

2nd

2nd

1st

4th

2nd

1st

9. TOOBIGTOFAIL

2nd

4th

1st

3rd

1st

3rd

1st

10. ARCHER COMPANY

4th

2nd

4th

1st

2nd

2nd

11. RAMZES

3rd

13. MILITARY ALLIANCE

3rd

 

 

RACE 7

Overall
Ranking

Matthew Jones

Nicholas Child

Thomas Wood

Raymond Yong

Collin Fan

The New Paper

Punters' Way

Turf Guide

Wan Bao

Shin Min

1. MR LUCK

2nd

2. MARINE TREASURE

4th

4th

3rd

4th

3rd

5. DRACO

2nd

1st

2nd

1st

1st

1st

6. JULIUS CAESAR

4th

3rd

2nd

2nd

4th

1st

3rd

8. FRIENDSHIP

3rd

2nd

1st

2nd

2nd

3rd

2nd

2nd

4th

9. HIMALAYA DRAGON

4th

3rd

4th

3rd

2nd

11. SIAM SAPPHIRE

1st

3rd

1st

3rd

4th

1st

3rd

1st

4th

1st

12. I'VE GOT A FEELING

4th

 

 

RACE 8

Overall
Ranking

Matthew Jones

Nicholas Child

Thomas Wood

Raymond Yong

Collin Fan

The New Paper

Punters' Way

Turf Guide

Wan Bao

Shin Min

1. KATAGAS

3rd

3rd

3rd

2nd

3rd

2nd

1st

2nd

2nd

3. CHOCOLATS

1st

1st

1st

1st

1st

1st

4. DANZEB

4th

4th

3rd

5. OPTIMUS

4th

2nd

1st

4th

6. MADE IN CHINA

2nd

2nd

4th

1st

3rd

2nd

1st

2nd

4th

7. LIM'S GREETING

4th

2nd

3rd

3rd

3rd

1st

8. PRATT STREET

4th

3rd

10. PEACH BOWL

2nd

4th

12. GOLDEN THUNDER

4th

3rd

13. GOLDEN SPARK

4th

 

 

 

 

Value Bet

 

Matthew Jones

RACE 4 - 10. AUSPICIOUS DAY

 

Nicholas Child

RACE 3 - 2. CHASE

 

Thomas Wood

RACE 4 - 2. CAI POH WANG

 

Raymond Yong

RACE 4 - 7. MR HOPKINS

 

Collin Fan

RACE 8 - 5. OPTIMUS

 

The New Paper

RACE 8 - 3. CHOCOLATS

 

Punters' Way

NIL

 

Turf Guide

NIL

 

Wan Bao

RACE 2 - 9. TESORO PRIVADO

 

Shin Min

RACE 3 - 4. SUPER JOE

 

 

 

 

Special Bet

 

Matthew Jones

RACE 8 - 3. CHOCOLATS

 

Nicholas Child

RACE 8 - 3. CHOCOLATS

 

Thomas Wood

RACE 8 - 3. CHOCOLATS

 

Raymond Yong

RACE 7 - 8. FRIENDSHIP

 

Collin Fan

RACE 7 - 11. SIAM SAPPHIRE

 

The New Paper

RACE 6 - 1. CLUTHA LAD

 

Punters' Way

RACE 7 - 11. SIAM SAPPHIRE

 

Turf Guide

RACE 2 - 1. THE ODDS

 

Wan Bao

RACE 3 - 4. SUPER JOE

 

Shin Min

RACE 7 - 11. SIAM SAPPHIRE



 
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