Race by race analysis of today’s meeting at Kranji:
SACRED MAGIC (1) – Has maintained the same good form since his maiden win. Back on winning surface. With jockey Michael Rodd in red-hot form, he may well be the horse to beat.
YULONG XIONG BA (3) – Ran his best race (third) on turf. Third race from short let-up. No fireworks expected, but a place could be within his reach.
MILITARY MIGHT (5) – Seems to get along well with Vlad Duric. Doesn’t win often but may find another length or two under the champion jockey.
FEROCIOUS (2) – Showed so much promise on debut as a juvenile, running against the likes of Be Bee and Mr Hanks. Has lost his way since. Put in one good run for new handler Young Keah Yong, but has been out of
the picture since. If he runs up to his best form, he may sneak into the minors here.
PACIFIC OCEAN (4) – Has put in two good runs when fitted withblinkers. Will relish extra 200m. Pacifiers replaced by blinkers. Big say.
WONDERFUL PAINT (2) – Sprang an upset second-up. Steps up to 1800m on turf. Can be followed again.
O’REILLY STAR (9) – Still winless but has been looking for more ground of late. Blinker-pacifiers replaced by visors. May surprise if he is ridden quiet from the rear.
DREAM BIG (10) – Irish-bred who has not been a model of consistency here, but stuck on well behind Matsuribayashi last time out. Maybe an Irish jockey can get the best out of him.
MISTER YEOH (1) – Group 2 winner who made a pleasing racing comeback six weeks ago. Will find this easier, especially from the good gate. Forward showing in store.
IMPERIUM (5) – Won less easily than thought first-up from a break. Will strip fitter for this. Switch to turf will also suit better. One of the main challengers.
ETTIJAH (11) – Looked a chance in the straight at first-up run from two-month layoff. Stayed one-paced late. Did win on turf on debut. Not without some place claims in this.
CHOCANTE (8) – Huge effort first-up from a break. Looks safely held by selection, but should be in the mix for the minors.
MORITZ ECLIPSE (6) – Showed his leg issues were behind him with a flying second to Lim’s Lightning on September 14. Will be in this for a long way.
SIAM SAPPHIRE (1) – Drops back to an easier grade after finding it harder in Kranji Stakes A company. Marble one. Winkers on. Can bounce back to winner’s circle.
SUPER POWER (3) – Lightly-raced sort but with stacks of ability. Drawn awkwardly, but if he gets a smothered run in transit, he will be attacking the line in the straight.
ARC TRIUMPH (4) – Ignore last run when he was bumped at the start and was a little keen on a wide trip. Drawn in this time but reverts to turf, over which he has only one run and didn’t do badly. Outside chance.
MR DUJARDIN (12) – A bit of a letdown at his last start when tested on Polytrack for the first time. Enjoyed an ideal run but failed to quicken in the home straight. Put a line through that run. He can utilise his explosive turn of foot better on turf, especially if it’s a true run race. Can atone.
TESORO PRIVADO (3) – Outermost alley is a concern, but this is onehorse who has thrived in the last couple of starts. Big say if he can get into a handy spot without being used up too much.
EAGLE EYE (5) – Did not quite run up to expectations in Moonbeam Vase. Horse with plenty of upsides and can make his presence felt in this.
MCGREGOR (2) – Honest sort who duly scored at his last start. Shoulders a bit of lead, but he can still run in the top three.
IFFRAGAL (5) – Resumed from a bleeding attack with a slashing first-up win. Showed ability as a two-year-old filly and looks to have matured further. Joao Moreira gets on. Go close.
MO ALMIGHTY (6) – Impressive runaway winner at his second start on July 22. This is a notch tougher, but he can go well fresh. Has drawn an alley.
REVOLUTION (3) – Colt with some potential. Nearly upstaged Siam Blue Vanda last time out. In the firing line for a long way.
GOLD STRIKE (1) – Useful type who seldom disappoints. Nicely drawn. Should be thereabouts again.
TAICHI BELT (7) – Steamed home for a smack-up second to Lim’s Force at his last outing. Has only one win to show for, but gets his chance to improve on that tally here.
SILVER SKY (1) – Lost no marks at his last start. Wide gate against him but he can also be held up for a run. Can make the board.
SUCCESS COME TRUE (8) – Had to burn plenty of petrol from a wide alley to get onto the pace last time. Drawn better this time. Pacifiers off. If rated better, she can stake a claim in this.
KING OF WAR (2) – Did not come into the race at his last start. Can threaten if he brings his turn of foot on raceday. Don’t write him off in this.