Larry Foley – Singapore: A very tricky Friday awaits punters at Kranji, but you would imagine with some very competitive fields, there should be plenty of value to be found and a Kranji Stakes A 1400m event to keep things interesting late.
True the headline race lacks the depth of normal Kranji Stakes A fields but, after missing the Raffles Cup with an elevated temperature, the connections of ELITE INVINCIBLE will be hoping for a big run going forward to a Gold Cup tilt.
This four-year-old won at this level in February but it was his subsequent Group 1 winning form heading into the Derby that had him stamped as top class.
He found one better in the Emirates Singapore Derby – Jupiter Gold – but lost no friends there or when running on well late behind the same horse over 1200m on the Polytrack in preparation for this campaign.
He looks the best horse over 1400m in this field and with Vlad Duric up from gate 7, will race in a forward position and be very hard to beat.
If he is tested it will be by the progressive TESORO PRIVADO, who was also a late scratching at his most recent non-outing, as he does look a horse who will play a big part in feature races in the future.
Best Bets: (ELITE INVINCIBLE Race 6, win), (O’WHAT A FEELING Race 5, value) and (OUR SHOWCASE Race 8, value).
Bankers for Jackpots: Race 5 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6), Race 6 (3 and 9), Race 7 (2, 8 and 13), Race 8 (1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 and 8).
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; 1 OL MATE BUZZER – 3 THOTH WARRIOR – 8 CASSIS OOLONG – 10 COOL CAT
With two of the main hopes in this Class 5 Poly dash having one hoof in the retirement home, a relatively young gun in OL MATE BUZZER gets his chance, The 5YO speedster has been terribly disappointing not to have won one by now but he has pace to burn and may just find this weak Class 5 field to his liking with blinkers off for good measure. His stablemate THOTH WARRIOR also looks a show against the old boys and the 4YO looks better than what he showed last start with M Rodd retaining the ride and 1000m in his favour. The two veterans that win without surprising are a rising 10YO in CASSIS OOLONG and a rising 13YO, COOL CAT. Both have found winning form of late and the pair will be more than competitive in a field with no depth whatsoever. Nothing else appeals although THUNDER CAT, GANGNAM CLASSIC and SECONDWAVE could be considered in exotics. Betting Strategy – OL MATE BUZZER small win.
1 OL MATE BUZZER *** Frustrating speedster who is worth one more look as Class 5 should suit over 1000m sans blinkers. 8.00
2 SHE’S THE ONE * Will appreciate Class 5 but should need longer to show her best. 33
3 THOTH WARRIOR *** Just battled last start over 1200m but worth thought on previous two efforts this trip. 6.00
4 BRING ME JOY * Just missed three starts back but very disappointing with support at two runs since so take on trust. 20
5 THUNDER CAT ** Pulled up lame when disappointing with support last start but worth another look with best work expected late. 6.00
6 GOLDEN SPARK * Struggling. 50
7 MILLION ROUND * Very disappointing at two runs since dropping to Class 5 and should need longer. 33
8 CASSIS OOLONG *** Wide draw always some concern but in form and should go forward and play a role in this finish. 4.00
9 GANGNAM CLASSIC ** Competitive without being a threat and expect much the same. 8.00
10 COOL CAT *** Veteran who had excuses last start (check 250m) when in the mix and pay to keep following. 4.00
11 SECONDWAVE ** Nothing last start but was in solid form prior and can include in exotics. 12
Selections; 5 HUGO – 12 SIAM VIPASIRI – 8 ON THE RAZZ – 2 BLACK ORCHID
Not a lot of depth to this Restricted Maiden and barring a newcomer who may have something to offer on debut, it may be a race in two between HUGO and SIAM VIPASIRI. HUGO debuted very well when pushing the favourite Mach to the wire and given there was a gap to third, he should be hard to beat in this with gate 3 a bonus. SIAM VIPASIRI is resuming after he backed up very good debut with an admirable run from a very wide gate in the Golden Horseshoe. His two recent trials suggest he will start where he left off and he will win a race sooner than later. Of the un-raced brigade, nothing jumps off the page on trial form but you could consider the likes of ON THE RAZZ, CLARTON PALACE and BLACK ORCHID if supported. Betting Strategy – HUGO and SIAM VIPASIRI swinger/forecast.
1 THUNDER DRAGON * Former Kiwi who placed one (on debut) from three career starts. Local trials suggest we look elsewhere. 33
2 BLACK ORCHID ** Two quiet trials suggests market best guide on debut. 12
3 BROADWAY SUCCESS ** Resuming after two only fair runs but trials good enough to suggest he has more to offer. 12
4 CLARTON PALACE ** Plenty of trials under his belt for race debut and the odd one OK so keep an eye on the market. 120
5 HUGO *** Debuted very well when keeping favourite honest to the wire with gap to third. Hard to beat. 2.00
6 LIM’S REBOUND ** Debut was poor but did win his Official Trial (in slow time) and very much appreciates the better gate so can improve. 33
7 LINCOLN CITY * Showed nothing at two starts. 50
8 ON THE RAZZ ** Had a few trials and the most recent solid enough to have some say in this field with Rodd a factor. 10
9 SILVER WAY * Gets blinkers added after battling on debut and prefer to watch. 33
10 THE JEWELLER * Preferred to just watch on exposed trial form. 33
11 AGNI ** Did well (at very long odds) to run on solidly on debut and happy to follow. 20
12 SIAM VIPASIRI *** Resuming after not being disgraced in the Golden Horseshoe on the back of very good debut. Recent trials suggest she can win this. 3.00
Selections; 10 SUPER DENMAN – 4 LORD ASCOT – 8 Q NINE MILLION – 5 RED CLAW
Plenty of good form to go on in this Class 4 Poly sprint over 1200m with no less than four last start winners – LONGHU, ACROSS THE SEA, DUSSELDORF and LIM’S FORCE – in the capacity field. And while you can make a case for all four to make-it-back-to back wins with perhaps ACROSS THE SEA the pick, all won in slightly easier company and this field does have depth. Of those that are due, SUPER DENMAN showed more than enough last start doing to tough from a wide alley to think he can win this from gate 5 with G Boss to ride, while LORD ASCOT resuming also looks a big show after what he showed last campaign. RED CLAW is also resuming and handles the Poly so must be respected while Q NINE MILLION ran on well last start and expect much the same. Betting Strategy – watch for value, SUPER DENMAN win.
1 MONTAIGNE ** Form reads badly but grew a leg dropping to this Class and 1200m on the Poly looks his caper. 20
2 JUSTICE FAIR * Resuming and will be running on but should need longer to show his best. 33
3 LONGHU *** Got the favours when winning well in slightly easier company last start but wide gate is a concern. 8.00
4 LORD ASCOT *** Resuming after pulling up lame (and respiratory issues) last start but can win on form prior on the back on some quiet trials. 5.00
5 RED CLAW *** Resuming after a good run of form and handles the Poly so worth serious thought. 8.00
6 ACROSS THE SEA *** Last start KSD winner who is more than competitive in this Company and pay to follow. 5.00
7 DUSSELDORF ** Surprised a few by winning this trip and track last start in a non-premier Class 4 field and gets Rodd so keep safe. 8.00
8 Q NINE MILLION *** Ran on very well late to place in similar affair last start and gets his chance with senior hoop. 9.00
9 LIM’S FORCE *** Yet another last start KSD winner who can win with gate 4 a factor. 8.00
10 SUPER DENMAN *** Did it tough from wide gate last start and that effort good enough to win this from kinder alley. 6.00
11 REDOUBT * Battled away last start without being a threat and expect much the same. 50
12 STAR KING * Has been running on well but happy to wait for longer and easier. 50
Selections; 6 SO CALLED – 4 DAVID’S STAR – 1 HEART OF COURAGE – 8 LOOKS GOOD
Most struggle as a rule in this weak maiden and while DAVID’S STAR can be his own worst enemy, he gets his chance to knock in a win. The 3YO has had issues when running poorly on more than one occasion but given he placed in Class 4 Company this track and trip two starts back, he can win this on the back of a good trial. But SO CALLED is probably the safer bet on what he showed last start. The 5YO looked the winner at stages late when blinkers and Vlad Duric went on last start and if he handles the turf he will be in the thick of this finish. Of the rest we do know, LOOKS GOOD resumed with a very solid run and he must be considered although the wide gate is a concern. The interesting runner is the raced newcomer from NZ in HEART OF COURAGE. The 4YO placed twice from four starts before arriving and should get some support on the back of an OK local trial. Betting Strategy – SO CALLED win, saver on DAVID’S STAR.
1 HEART OF COURAGE *** Raced Kiwi maiden who placed two from four and has trialled well enough locally to show up in this field. 6.00
2 CONSERVATION ** Race form ordinary but OK work late last start suggests he may improve in this field from gate 2. 33
3 ASHHAB ** Battled away without being a threat last start but should improve with racing with blinkers off for this. 12
4 DAVID’S STAR *** Freshened after poor run but just missed in Class 4 two starts back and would win if on best behaviour. 3.00
5 SPARKLE LOT * Freshened with blinkers on, tongue-tie off and back to the Meagher stable but like to see more before considering. 20
6 SO CALLED *** Looked the winner late last start when blinkers and senior hoop went on and pay to follow. 3.00
7 AMIABILITY * Only battles. 50
8 LOOKS GOOD *** Drawn wide but showed more than enough first up to consider with blinkers off for this. 6.00
9 GOLDEN ROOSTER ** Showing improvement and gets gate 1 so could place at odds. 33
10 OVER DE TOP ** Runs on when in the mood and recent trial was solid but should need much longer. 20
11 WORKAHOLIC * Resuming sans winkers and tongue-tie but easier to ignore. 100
12 MY MONEY * Battles as a rule. 50
Selections; 1 O’WHAT A FEELING – 2 SUN PITTSBURGH – 6 RICH BEAUTY – 3 CRACKING TOTTIE
Good luck if you think you can find the winner in this race as all can win without surprising including a couple of maidens in SUN ELIZABETH and ACE HARBOUR, who both look suited at the trip and at the weights. There are also two last start winners in the field – CRACKING TOTTIE and O’REILLY STAR – and given both won breaking their respective maiden status’ in KSD Company, they can win again in a terribly even race. But it may be a seemingly out of form horse in O’WHAT A FEELING who is hardest to beat. In his favour is he steps up to a suitable trip down in Class and with V Duric to ride from gate 2, he can win. SUN PITTSBURGH is another that looks in just fair form but can win with 2000m looking ideal while LIM’S RIPPLE and RICH BEAUTY both come off good runs in similar affairs and must go close. Betting Strategy – look for value as all can win, O’WHAT A FEELING win.
1 O’WHAT A FEELING *** Ignore recent poor form as steps up to right trip dropping to Class 4 with gate 2 a bonus. 8.00
2 SUN PITTSBURGH *** Form better than it reads and 2000m look ideal so pay to keep safe. 8.00
3 CRACKING TOTTIE *** Broke maiden status in fine style last start on the Poly and pay to follow as 2000m on turf will suit. 4.00
4 LIM’S RIPPLE *** Placed at his last two and went close enough last start this trip to think he can win. 6.00
5 O’REILLY STAR ** Made all the running to break maiden status this company over 1800m last start and have to respect. 6.00
6 RICH BEAUTY *** Looked the winner late in similar affair last start and yet another who wins without surprising. 5.00
7 SUN ELIZABETH ** Maiden who has shown to be competitive in this company and may sneak out to value. Keep safe. 10
8 ACE HARBOUR ** Very honest maiden who ran on well in similar affair last start but can make us of the ace and forward run expected. 10
9 DREAM BIG ** Just fair last start but only win this trip and track so can figure with blinkers to winkers. 16
Selections; 3 ELITE INVINCIBLE – 9 TESORO PRIVADO – 8 VIVIANO – 11 HERMANO MENOR
Something is not quite right in this Kranji Stakes over 1400m, starting with the top rated horse – DISTINCTIVE DARCI – who is not suited on the turf and should really struggle to place. So the best form horse on turf in the race in ELITE INVINCIBLE who, after missing the Raffles Cup with a high temperature, gets this chance to have a more than just a “blow out” as he heads to bigger races later in the season. V Duric rides and if he brings close to his recent winning Group form on Friday, he is hard to beat. If a horse was to beat him, TESORO PRIVADO looks the best bet. The 4YO has won his last two in fine fashion suggesting he is up to this company with 52kg with a forward run expected from the widest gate. Of the others, it’s hard to fault MCGREGOR’s recent winning form, with ABSOLUTE MIRACLE and ROBIN HOOD having form around him, while VIVIANO and HERMANO MENOR can also figure. Betting Strategy – ELITE INVINCIBLE win.
1 DISTINCTIVE DARCI * Poly specialist tested trip and turf so easier to ignore with headgear removed. 33
2 VOLKSTOK’N’BARRELL * Still finding his feet in Singapore and may want longer again with blinkers off. 33
3 ELITE INVINCIBLE *** Scratched from the Raffles Cup (temp) and obviously was in top form prior and has to be respected. 3.00
4 POSEIDON * Needs to lift on recent form. 50
5 MCGREGOR ** Gate a concern but hard to fault winning form and should figure at some stage. 6.00
6 BEST TOTHELIGN ** Form only fair but has shown glimpses of late and gets blinkers added so forward run expected. 33
7 BLUE SWEDE * Swooper who needs further. 50
8 VIVIANO ** Not the type out of turn but ran home very well last start and pay to keep very safe. 12
9 TESORO PRIVADO *** Drawn wide but in spanking form and can go forward and make his own luck. Goes close. 3.00
10 ABSOLUTE MIRACLE ** Long time between wins but not far away last start over the mile in KSB Company and can figure in exotics. 12
11 HERMANO MENOR ** Did it tough enough last start to forgive running out of gas late and follow each-way. 12
12 ROBIN HOOD ** Another in the mix behind McGregor last start over the mile and can include in exotics. 12
13 ELUSIVE EMPEROR ** Form reads very badly but appreciates getting back onto the turf and not without a chance with no weight at long odds. 50
14 GOOD NEWS ** Traffic excuses last start when running on and another that could add huge value to exotics if he gets a start. 50
Selections; 2 ZA’EEM – 13 SUPER DYNASTY – 8 REVOLUTION – 4 JUSTICE GLORY
An extremely interesting Class 3 over 1400m but a tough one for punters with two very progressive types in ZA’EEM and SUPER DYNASTY resuming and a newcomer from Australia in ATLANTIC WATCH some hope. Of the two resuming, SUPER DYNASTY is first up after a Guineas campaign where the then 3YO ran a very cheeky race at odds. The now 4YO had one start (too many) after that but a recent trial suggests he play a big part in this if he gets a start. ZA’EEM is first up after an ambitious Derby campaign but his form prior to the Group 1 has him having huge say in this with best work expected late. ATLANTIC WATCH brings solid form from Australia to Singapore and his local trial suggests he should run a race with some support likely. Of the rest, JUSTICE GLORY had excuses last start and this race suits with blinkers off. Betting Strategy – JUSTICE GLORY each-way value.
1 DESTROYER ECLIPSE ** Best form, including nice last start win when blinkers added, have been on the Poly but pay to follow. 4.00
2 ZA’EEM *** Resuming after ambitious Derby run where he ran to his rating but big show on form prior with best work expected late. 5.00
3 ANCIENT WARRIOR * Had a few issues of late and easier to ignore form wide gate with blinkers off for this. 50
4 JUSTICE GLORY *** Ran on well with excuses not to finish closer over 1200m last start and worth serious thought with blinkers to visor. 20
5 MARK ECLIPSE * Blinkers and tongue-tie off after showing some improvement last start but needs to show more. 50
6 ANDADO ** Kiwi who has yet to show anything in Singapore but race suits and looks for improvement off the back of a good trial. 20
7 SPLINTER * Goes OK and gets Rodd from gate 1 but a better option on the Poly. 20
8 REVOLUTION *** Promising 3YO who runs on very well suggesting trip suits and can win. 3.00
9 WHOSE ELSE’S ** Appreciates first up run after bleeding attack and some show at odds in what is a suitable race. 33
10 ATLANTIC FOX *** Handy enough ex-Australian who was showing enough prior to arrival to think he can have a say with local solid trial a factor. 10
11 DECRETO * Hates the turf. 50
12 ASTROJET ** Better than what he showed last start and can figure with winkers added from gate 3. 6.00
13 SUPER DYNASTY *** Resuming after good Guineas campaign and recent trial suggests he can return in form. Keep very safe. 5.00
Selections; 1 DAVID’S SLING – 2 KEEPITUP – 7 OUR SHOWCASE – 6 STREETWISE
Races don’t get much more even than this and who starts favourite and who starts value is anyone’s guess. As it stands DAVID’S SLING gets V Duric after placing first up after a spell and that combination suggests he gets support and will be in the winning mix. Likewise, KEEPITUP also ran well when resuming and his effort late behind a smart winner suggests he has returned in fine form. Most others are in form including two last start maiden winners in KING ZOUSTAR and RAPTOR, with the former having more upside on his strong win. One at odds to watch is the maiden, OUR SHOWCASE, who has been freshened and his good trials suggests the Poly could well be his caper. STREETWISE, DIXIELAND ROCK and SECKILL just three others that win without surprising and go wider again in exotics. Betting Strategy – OUR SHOWCASE each-way at value.
1 DAVID’S SLING *** In the winning mix first-up after spell and expect much the same with Duric to ride. 4.00
2 KEEPITUP *** Drawn wide but ran on super behind nice winner when resuming and pay to follow. 8.00
3 KING ZOUSTAR *** Also drawn wide but broke maiden status in fine style and looks up to this company. 6.00
4 METTLESOME * Competitive and gate 2 helps but needs longer to show his best. 100
5 SECKILL *** Raced maiden who showed more than enough at Singapore debut to follow. 8.00
6 STREETWISE *** Resuming. Honest without being a threat in the Golden Horseshoe but gets blinkers and company suits so pay to respect. 8.00
7 OUR SHOWCASE *** Maiden freshened after showing glimpses on the turf but trials like the Poly is his caper and could win. 12
8 DIXIELAND ROCK *** Super disappointing with heavy support last start in similar affair but had excuses (and was a roarer) so worth another look with blinkers off. 12
9 HOST THE NATION ** Won’t win out of turn but always an each-way show in this company. 12
10 REACH FOR THE SUN ** Draw a concern but battled away to be in the place mix last start and expect much the same. 12
11 COME AND TAKE ALL ** Thereabouts at his last couple and should figure somewhere late. 12
12 RAPTOR ** Took seventeen starts to break maiden status in Class 5 but always competitive and gate 1 with no weight helps. 12
13 SUCCESS COME TRUE * Should need Class 5. 50