Trust the Minister

Trust the Minister

Larry Foley, Singapore – While racing jurisdictions around the world are closing up shop one by one, Singapore racing marches on – albeit without on-course punters this Friday, 27 March 2020.

The nine-race card looks to have something for all, with some tricky Class 5 and Maidens early and some very competitive racing late with a Class 3 Poly 1600m (Race 7) the pick of the bunch.

While YAYA PAPAYA has the best recent form on paper – he has won his last two races – the 5YO is up in grade and faces some handy Class 3 horses including GLASGOW who looks due to show his best.

The 5YO had an unsuccessful but promising 4YO Group campaign last season and with a two runs under his belt this preparation, he should be ready to show his best and this race is very suitable with head-gear added for good measure.

He won’t have it all his own way though with WOLF WARRIOR showing last start why he is a Poly specialist and the step up to 1600m has him under serious consideration, while INHERIT and LUCK OF MASTER are both in form.

However, MINISTER might just be better than them all.

The former UK-galloper bit off more than he could chew when taking on Group Company at his Singapore debut, but it may pay to forget he went around in the Silver Bowl, as this race is easier and he can win on his form with some very nice recent trials under his belt.

Elsewhere on the card, it may pay to follow Vlad Duric early as WELL DESERVED can win down in grade in Race 1 and SPORTSCASTER will give a sight in Race 2.

Best Bets:

MADE IN RUSSIA, Race 8, win.

MINISTER, Race 7, value.

CHALAZA , Race 9, value.


Jackpot: Race 6: 2, 3, 7, 9; Race 7: 2, 4, 6, 7 , 8; Race 8: 1, 2, 4, 7; Race 9: 1, 2, 4, 5.


Race 1


Class droppers come to the fore in the opener with no less than three horses – RAPID FIRE, WELL DESERVED and MAN OF WORDS – back to their recent winning grade. Of the three, WELL DESERVED also gets blinkers and Vlad Duric and that same combination won easily the last time they raced over this same trip. Add the fact Duric has ridden the 5YO only twice for two wins suggests he is the one to beat. In saying that, RAPID FIRE won three starts back in a similar affair and keeps the same claiming hoop. He also looked to have some in hand last start and will be doing best work late and will figure. MAN OF WORDS is another who drops to his recent winning grade so has to be respected with market best guide. The veteran PIONEER SEVEN and TRIGAMY are both due and keep the Class droppers honest. Betting Strategy – WELL DESERVED win.

1 EL CHAPO * Very much appreciates drop to Class 5 but may be a better option on the turf. Market watch advised.

2 PIONEER SEVEN *** Veteran who just missed last start and wide gate should see a positive ride.

3 RAPID FIRE *** Won three back in similar affair and looked to have some in hand when running on in Class 4 last start. Hard to hold out. 

4 WELL DESERVED *** Ignore recent poor form as gets blinkers added and Vlad Duric in Class 5 and won with that combination aligned.

5 WINNER NUMBER ONE ** Tough to follow but start costly last time out and won start prior. Keep safe.

6 MAN OF WORDS *** Another whose form reads only fair but drops to recent winning Class so expect improvement.

7 PERFORMANTE ** Should need longer but freshened and always going to be some hope in this grade.

8 CIZEN BOSS * Improved effort in the wet last start but like to see more before considering.

9 IN THE BLACK * Resuming after bleeding attack and easier to ignore.

10 SUPER TALENT * Gate helps but would need support before considering.

11 TRIGAMY *** Finding it hard to win but in solid form and will figure in the mix.

12 ASIA SPIRIT * Has speed but is finding it tough late.

13 AMAZING MAN * Resuming and should need longer.

14 ASSASSIN * Another speedy type who struggles late.


Race 2


Not many winning chances in this Class 5 Poly event over 1700m and while we will play with care, it does look a race in two between SPORTSCASTER and last start winner, SCOOTER. Duric tried to pinch it last start on SPORTSCASTER and given that was after working early from a wide alley, gate 3 is a factor in this field and he should be hard to catch. But SCOOTER won with some ease last start and while that race was a weak one, this field lacks depth and he looks the obvious danger to SPORTSCASTER. For exotics, BIG REGARDS can be considered although he is a better option on the turf, while MILITARY CHAIRMAN and FLASH THE FLAG can also be included. Keep both emergencies safe if they get a start. 

1 BIG REGARDS ** A better winning option on the turf but will win sooner than later in this Company so keep safe. 

2 SPORTSCASTER *** Did it tough from wide gate last start and almost pinched it. Hard to beat from batter alley.

3 ANGEL HALO * Has been super disappointing with support at recent runs and looks risk again from wide gate.

4 MILITARY CHAIRMAN ** Disappointing of late but some hope on best form with blinkers added.

5 WHIZZY WALTZZY * Battling of late but runs on late when in the mood.

6 SCOOTER *** Bolted in last start in a relatively weak field but was in form prior and pay to follow.

7 WINS * Battler.

8 GINGERMAN * Battles away as a rule but may need an easier race than this.

9 FLASH THE FLAG ** Maiden who has yet to run a place but recent form solid and could give a sight at odds.

10 HOLY GRAIL * Beaten a long way into second behind Scooter last start but that was an improvement.

11 CROWN DELIGHT * The odd placing of late but easier to ignore as a rule.

12 KING WARRIOR * Didn’t need the wide alley.

13 EL PRIMERO ** Rarely seen on the Poly but placed last start so keep an eye on the market.

14 ACCUMULATION ** Long-term maiden who goes OK on his day so can include in exotics.


Race 3


A very weak maiden and it may pay to have a good look at the tote on the day as the exposed race and trial form is sketchy at best. Hopefully two that can improve on weak debuts on the back of good subsequent trials in SHOWBOUND and CRYSTAL DIAMOND are the ones to watch. SHOWBOUND had raced previously in Australia and while his local debut was only fair, he will appreciate the Poly on the back of a good trial and should improve lengths. CRYSTAL DIAMOND struggled on debut but gets blinkers added and he should also improve with a good trial under his belt. Of the others with raced form, AWESOME CONQUEROR and the second emergency, FORT MUSTANG, both placed at their respective last starts so have to be considered. Of the debutantes, SAINT KNIGHT was pushed to win his trial but that effort good enough to give a sight, while WEALTH ELITE, PEFECT MISSION and RINGS OF FIRE all looked comfortable at recent trials so market best guide. Betting Strategy – small win on SHOWBOUND.

1 SHOWBOUND *** Appreciates Singapore debut and subsequent good hit out at trials. Should give a sight in this field.

2 QIJI STAR * Saddle slipped last start but looks nuisance value only.

3 AWESOME CONQUEROR ** Improved to place in Class 5 on the turf last start and this Maiden field may be weak enough to play a part.

4 BELIEVER * Needs longer.

5 BOOM ALMIGHTY * Struggles.

6 CRYSTAL DRAGON *** Struggled on debut but has trialled well since, gets blinkers and should improve lengths.

7 SAINT KNIGHT *** Drawn awkwardly and pushed to win Official Trial but that effort may be good enough in this field.

8 WEALTH ELITE *** Looked to be doing it comfortably at recent trial and worth thought on debut with tote best guide.

9 MISS FORTUNE * Market only guide on the back of quiet local trial.

10 LION SPIRIT * Nothing on debut and no.

11 PERFECT MISSION *** Looked to be doing in easy enough at Official Trial to consider on debut with gate 1 a factor.

12 RINGS OF FIRE *** Very early 2YO who looked comfortable at recent trial and has no weight. Gate could test.

13 NEW GARDEN * Nothing on debut but may improve for the effort.

14 FORT MUSTANG *** Drawn the car park but gave a sight last start in an equally weak field so must be considered if he gets a start.


Race 4


A crazy race with three horses all resuming after long breaks in the mix as well as some pacey types and handy swooper or two to keep it interesting. Starting with the on-pace runners, FIRST CHOICE showed more than enough first up after a bleeding attack to think he can go forward and give a sight under M Lerner, while GOLDEN DASH is in form, can lead from gate 3 and is always a winning show. Of the swoopers, the first emergency – ROYAL PAVILION – is in form, has Duric and will be very strong late, while HOT SHOT SLAMS and the second emergency – MOONGATE STAR – will also be running on. LIM’S DASHING, SATELLITE WARRIOR and DAVID’S SLING are the trio resuming and all have claims with market best guide. SACRED DON down in grade and AWESOME second-up back on the Poly two more to keep safe. Betting Strategy – FIRST CHOICE win.

1 SACRED DON *** Draw an obvious concern but gets head-gear back and drops to recent winning grade so can win.

2 FIRST CHOICE *** Chased home a good winner when resuming and should figure prominently in this.

3 PREFERRED ** Never involved from wide gate when resuming after long break but will improve with a more positive ride.

4 LIM’S DASHING ** Resuming on the back on three quiet trials with tongue-tie added. Market only guide but will work home strongly in right.

5 SATELLITE WARRIOR *** Resuming, also with plenty of quiet trials. Can win on best form with market watch advised.

6 DAVID’S SLING *** Resuming under similar circumstances to others. Blinkers off, gate helps and watch for support.

7 ASAAD * One-time winner (1600m) from Argentina who may need longer on the back on quiet local trials.

8 AWESOME *** Appreciates first-up run and switch back to his preferred surface with gate 1 a bonus. Value.

9 GOLDEN DASH *** In form, recent trial good and will figure prominently from gate 3.

10 GOLDEN THUNDER * Needs Class 5.

11 HOTSHOTS SLAM *** Slowly getting back to Juvenile form and did enough last start to follow from better gate.

12 WHISTLE GRAND * Will be running on but blinkers off and needs longer.

13 ROYAL PAVILION *** Swooper who is in fine form and hard to hold out if race run to suit. 

14 MOONGATE STAR *** Progressive 3YO who runs on strongly and would give this a shake if he gets a start. 


Race 5


In a Covit-19 ravaged world, any racing is good racing but this particular race could test that theory. And a few speedsters have ‘ticker’ issues late, which will make the punters life tough in the final 50m. Where to start? DAVID’S STAR is one of those speedsters and given he almost pinched it last start and gets the ‘Duric Drive’, he may hang on in this weak field. ELITE SAINT and the emergency, RED ROAR, also have speed and they should figure prominently throughout. SUPER WIN and TURF BEAUTY two others that have found a weak enough race to win and DOMINIC could be an improver. STAR EFFECT placed last start on the turf but his Poly form is a worry. Betting Strategy – self-isolate or a small win bet on DAVID’S STAR.

1 NOVA FACTOR * Blinkers off but lost form.

2 STAR EFFECT ** Improved effort to place last start on turf but Poly form an issue as is gate.

3 TURF BEAUTY *** In solid form and has placed on the Poly but a better option on the turf and wide gate could test.

4 DOMINIC ** Never involved when resuming and should need longer but this race is weak so keep safe sans blinkers. 

5 EVIL ROADSTER ** Every chance in similar affair last start but this field is as weak as you can get so worth another look on solid recent trial.


7 DAVID’S STAR *** Speedster who almost pinched it last start and Duric may lift him home.

8 ELITE SAINT *** Not a mile away last start but has speed, gate 3 helps and has to be a show in this field.

9 SUPER WIN *** Drawn a tad awkwardly but in better form than most and should figure at the business end.

10 DONTLOOKDOWNONME ** A win would surprise but race weak enough to include in exotics with blinkers added.

11 RICH FORTUNE * Battling.

12 TOP BANANA * Easier to ignore.

13 RED ROAR *** Maiden who has speed and may not get a better chance than this.

14 STELLA POLARE * A battler. 


Race 6


This maiden lacks depth and while we will make a case for MORE THAN OIL who may be the improver at odds, it’s does look a race in three between ST ALWYN, GOLD PRIZE and LIM’S TORPEDO. The tote may be best guide on the day but as it stands, GOLD PRIZE has placed two from three, gets blinkers and certainly gets his chance from gate 3 in this field. The jockey of ST ALWYN suggested the 4YO didn’t handle the Poly track last start but that was in Class 4 Company and the effort wasn’t that bad, so he is worth serious thought with Duric up in Maiden Company. LIM’S TORPEDO is resuming with a few quiet trials under his belt but given he just missed on debut with a similar preparation, he can win. As mentioned, MORE THAN OIL may be the improver on the back of a solid trial and should be long odds. GEB WARRIOR and DEE MAK MAK for exotics. Betting Strategy – GOLD PRIZE win.

1 I AM THE STAR * Trials like a goo horse but race for terrible so take on trust.

2 ST ALWYN *** Jockey suggested he didn’t handle the Poly last start but that was in Class 4 and should go close in this Company. 

3 GOLD PRIZE *** Ran on super last start, only unplaced run was in Novice Company and gets blinkers so can win. 

4 DECLARE WAR * Blinkers back on but looks a battler. 

5 FAIRY’S WING * Should improve with racing but drawn wide so maybe later. 

6 GEB WARRIOR ** Disappointing last couple but goes OK on his day so worth thought in exotics. 

7 LIM’S TORPEDO *** Resuming with quiet trials under his belt but best run was on debut in similar circumstances so can win with tongue-tie added. 

8 WINNING POWER * Gets winkers but needs to improve.

9 MORE THAN OIL ** Resuming after a terrible run of form but recent trial looked comfortable so worth a look from gate 1.

10 TIN’S MACHINE * Blinkers off but not for me. 

11 DEE MAK MAK ** Drawn awkwardly but in solid enough form to consider in a race like this. 

12 RIVER HAPPINESS * Battling away and needs longer. 

13 COMMUNICATION * Form poor and drawn wide but may improve on the back of a solid recent trial. 



Race 7


A competitive Class 3 over 1600m with not much between the top chances. MINISTER took on Group company at his first Singapore start and while that proved too ambitious, his record over this trip in the UK was good and he can win this on the back of two nice trials. WOLF WARRIOR showed last start why the Poly is his caper, this distance suits and with blinkers back on can go on with it. GLASGOW has been close up at both runs since resuming, will be fitter now over a suitable trip and he will get a good run from the inside gate; with Noh Senari to ride and blinker/pacifiers going on he maps as hardest to beat. INHERIT is in solid form and fought on well to place over this trip last start in a similar race, while LUCK OF MASTER struggled last start but is better suited this track and distance and with a 3kg claim for Zyrul, will get a good run throughout. Betting Strategy – MINISTER win.

1 EAGLE EYE * Struggled since resuming and yet to win beyond 1400m but may enjoy Poly. 

2 GLASGOW *** Fitter for recent outings and blinker/pacifiers go on. Like this trip and will get a good run throughout. Hard to beat. 

3 ELITE CONQUEST ** Ran on very well late (after bad start) over 1200m when resuming. Has battled since coming to Singapore but won five times in Canada before arrival. May appreciate 1600m. 

4 WOLF WARRIOR *** Showed improvement last start and blinkers go back on. Has won up to 1700m in this class and should get a good run throughout. 

5 MIGHTY KENNY ** Has respiratory issues and not helped by heavy track last start following Class 4 win over 2000m. Has a good record at this trip and cannot be ignored. 

6 MINISTER *** Took on Group Company at first Singapore outing and never flattered. Will find this easier, trip suits and can win on the back of two nice trials. 

7 INHERIT *** Fought on well in similar company last start and enjoys the Poly so can consider. 

8 LUCK OF MASTER *** Struggled last start after back-to-back Class 4 wins. Surface and distance suit. Draws to do no work and with 3kg claim will run on. 

9 YAYA PAPAYA ** Has found form with back-to-back Class 4 wins. Class 3 has tested in the past but winning form is good form and handles the Poly.

10 REVOLUTION * Query the trip but was OK late last start suggesting some in hand. Value. 

11 MR HOOPER * Not far away at past two outings over 1400m. Yet to win beyond 1200m and 1600m may test.

12 GOLD CITY ** Will run on but like to see in easier Company.


Race 8


This 1600m Class 4 looks tailor-made for MADE IN RUSSIA who is racing consistently without winning and didn’t have the best of luck last start over this trip; with a more positive ride he will be hard to beat. The progressive one is THE WILD BUNCH who has won two of his last four starts but may have found 1600m a tad beyond him last; he carries 1.5kg more here and from a good gate will be near the lead all the way but take on trust at the journey. Of the others that can win on recent form, MACGREGOR drops in class after showing some improvement last start and he has a good polytrack record, while ELITE REMARKABLE was a Group One horse in Argentina and while yet to fire in Singapore, he has steadily dropped in grade, gets Vlad Duric and from gate one is capable of improvement. ELITE SILVERGHOST is another Argentinean yet to win in Singapore but hasn’t been far away at his past two outings and placed four of five 1600m attempts in Argentina. Betting Strategy – MADE IN RUSSIA win.

1 MADE IN RUSSIA *** Slowly away, hampered and ran on late over this trip last start. Meets a similar field and with a more positive ride hard to beat. 

2 MCGREGOR *** Showed some improvement last start and will appreciate drop in grade. Has a good polytrack and distance suits. Watch for support. 

3 SOLO SUN ** Resuming and this trip may suit first-up. Will get back can run on. Value. 

4 ELITE REMARKABLE *** Yet to win since arriving from Argentina and has steadily dropped in grade. Gets Vlad Duric and from gate one capable of improvement. 

5 ATHLETICA ** Ran on to be in the finish over 1800m last start. Drops back in trip but should be closing late. 

6 GREEN STAR ** Loomed before fading last start at first outing in 14 weeks. Will strip fitter and gets 4kg claim. Keep safe. 

7 THE WILD BUNCH *** Progressive type run down in similar company last starts. Rises 1.5kg and should be prominent for a long way. 

8 MATSURIBAYASHI ** Did nothing when resuming but suited this surface and distance. Can improve. 

9 ELITE SILVERGHOST ** Not far away at past two outings, Placed four times over this trip before arrival. Will run on. 

10 TOUCH THE CLOUDS * Battling at recent outings. Improvement needed. 

11 ACROBAT * Had respiratory issues when resuming and didn’t show up last start. Needs to improve. 

12 BLITZ POWER * Needs easier. 

13 SUPERNOVA * Veteran. Battling at recent outings. 

14 STAR EMPIRE ** Will appreciate drop in grade and has won at the trip. Watch market. 


Race 9


A Class 4 over 1100m and this is the right race for TOOSBIES. He dropped back into Class 4 last start after three ordinary Class 3 efforts and immediately rediscovered form racing handy before finishing second to HURRIAN. His last win was this class and distance, Vlad Duric retains the mount and he will be hardest to beat. However, CELAVI is a progressive filly with plenty of speed and rises 3.5kg on her easy win in this grade last start over 1000m; she might be too classy. CHALAZA is proven in this grade and ran on solidly last start; he will enjoy a strong speed and be closing late. The wild cards are SUN CHESS who won at Listed level in Australia before arrival and has trialled well enough to win at his Singapore debut, while the ex-Hong Kong galloper FIRST CHIEF showed speed at his first Singapore outing and long ago placed in Maribyrnong Plate at Flemington. Betting Strategies – CHALAZA eachway.

1 SUN CHESS *** Won two of eight before arrival including a Listed race at Moonee Valley over 1200m. Awkwardly drawn but should be up to this Class on the back of two nice trials. 

2 TOOSBIES *** Dropped back into Class 4 last start and rediscovered form. Last win was this class and distance. From good gate will be handy throughout. 

3 DIAMONDS * Struggling to beat a runner home since arriving in Singapore.

4 CELAVI *** Progressive type winning two of four outings. Speedy and the one to run down. 

5 CHALAZA *** Ran on solidly last start. Placed at past two outings this class and distance. Will enjoy strong speed and be closing late. 

6 FIRST CHIEF ** Put in a solid effort when leading at first Singapore outing since coming from Hong Kong. Has speed and wide gate no help. 

7 SUPER SIX * Enjoys the poly but battling at recent starts. 

8 LONGHU ** Hasn’t won for a while but placed over this trip four starts back and rarely far away. 

9 FABULOUS ONE * Won Donald Maiden before arrival but showed nothing at first Singapore outing. Might need easier.

10 EXTRA WIN * Won Class 5 over this trip two starts back. Speedy and gate helps but class may test.

11 BROADWAY SUCCESS * Tested on efforts since resuming. 

12 UNCLE LUCKY * Won Class 5 last start and this is tougher.

13 GRAND CHOICE ** Drops back to preferred trip and surface after good effort on turf last start. Has speed but gate tests. 

14 LORD O’REILLY * Tested on recent form. 

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