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Singapore Kranji Race Preview – Saturday, 11th July 2020


1st Pick: LIM'S SHOT (1) - Has been knocking on the door in most recent outings prior to the racing break. Has since returned with an impressive trial and will take beating in this affair.

2nd Pick: TWILL GUY (2) - Won well last start. Will appreciate the rise in journey, so must be respected with a repeat dose. Major player.

3rd Pick: PERFORMANTE (4) - Well backed last start and only narrowly missed. Finds conditions to suit and looks ready to win. Must be considered.

4th Pick: MERCURIAL TURN (12) - Lightly-raced and has the upside to improve. Better over further but must be kept safe here fresh.


1st Pick: MACEO (5) - Newcomer who was an impressive barrier trial winner last Thursday. Scored by a widening margin. Auric Stable are known for unearthing smart youngsters. On that sparkling form, he will take a power of beating.

2nd Pick: MIGHTY VAIN (1) - Has been thereabouts at his latest outings. This is his first go at a Polytrack race, though. If he handles it well and overcomes his awkward alley, he should finish in the frame again.

3rd Pick: THE BROTHERHOOD (2) - Two placings in four starts. Seems to be a versatile sort who can roll forward or take a sit. Place claims.

4th Pick: ABLEST ASCEND (12) - New Michael Clements-trained two-year-old who has shown good speed and looked professional in his barrier trials, albeit a touch keen at times. Worth a shot.


1st Pick: HOTSHOTS SLAM (10) - Hasn't quite lived up to some people's expectations but he has returned in good order leading into this preparation. Expect a bold showing on best efforts.

2nd Pick: TOOSBIES (3) - Hard to knock on recent efforts and looks primed for this assignment first-up. Well drawn to perform and fight out the finish.

3rd Pick: MOONGATE STAR (7) - Handy performer who has developed a respectable record in a short career. Isn't ideally drawn but is capable of being competitive with even luck.

4th Pick: SUPER SIX (5) - Experienced campaigner who has been tending to mix form but career credentials are worth respecting. Monitor parade/market.


1st Pick: PATTAYA (2) - That's one horse who has thrived during the break. Did nothing wrong prior and stands a solid chance of opening his account here. Only query is the wide alley, but as he doesn't have to necessarily get on the pace, it should be okay.

2nd Pick: JOON HO (6) - Oscar Racing debutant who won a barrier trial in smart style, with Maceo among the beaten brigade. Looks fit and well and may get off to a flier with some luck.

3rd Pick: ACHIEVED MORE (3) - Eye-catching third to War Frontier at his last start. Given an easy time in his barrier trials. Improvement expected.

4th Pick: AWESOME CONQUEROR (4) - Put up more encouraging efforts at his last couple of starts. Longer trip will suit better, but he can vie for a place here. Well drawn.


1st Pick: MIG PIERRO (1) - Has been around the mark in all four starts at Kranji so far and that form gives him a strong hope in this 1200m heat. Jerome Tan's horses have not gone unnoticed at the trials lately and even under top weight, he can how them the way home.

2nd Pick: TAKHI (9) - Won well on debut over this course and distance in what was not the strongest Restricted Maiden ever staged at Kranji and thereafter found life much tougher in a hot Novice. Not the biggest in the world but did land a trial impressively last week and in these calmer waters, he has a conceivable chance.

3rd Pick: RESTRAINED (3) - Not unlike one of the Ricardo Le Grange horses to not win a trial and this guy did so in good time on June 23. He may have a little something to prove on the all-weather but has run well on the turf prior to the shutdown and if translating that form, he is in with a decent shout here.

4th Pick: PER INCROWN (8) - Far from disgraced in three runs in Singapore and does make some appeal off this mark and on the back of a good trial effort behind another one of his race rivals, Restrained. Can surprise.


1st Pick: SUPER PINS (1) - On his runner-up spot at his second time of asking, he must be rated a chance. Probably needs a bit further but this will do at this stage.

2nd Pick: ASSASSIN (8) - Looks to have strengthened up during the long spell. Won a barrier trial last Thursday. Marble one. Won't surprise if he emerges in this ordinary field.

3rd Pick: MOWGLI (3) - Showed glimpses of ability at handful of starts so far. Will have benefitted from the break. Improvement in store even if the outside barrier raises some concerns.

4th Pick: QIJI FLYER (4) - Only two placings in 11 starts so far. Did show he had made some headway since going with his barrier trial second on June 25. Low draw. Can sneak into the minors.


1st Pick: MISTER DYNAMO (9) - Deserves to shed maiden tag following his two close seconds before the break. Looked spot-on in his work and barrier trials. Vlad Duric sticks with him. Should be included highly in your calculations.

2nd Pick: ADMIRAL WINSTON (1) - Luckless sort who does not often enjoy clear runs in his races. Has some ability and if he gets the right breaks, expect him to motor home.

3rd Pick: TRY MAK MAK (5) - In his element in this class and course and distance. Will come off the pace and will be one to watch if things go his way.

4th Pick: EASY SOUTH EAST (7) - Third stable change. Was inching closer to his first win before transfer. From barrier No 2, can be ridden positive. Solid each-way prospect.


1st Pick: ROCKET STAR (1) - An extremely likeable horse who has been well handled by Ricardo Le Grange so far in his short career. This plucky 3yo has come up against some very smart types and has run with plenty of credit in nearly all his runs so far, Group-placed at both 2 and 3 level, he has won a trial in preparation for this and in the longer term he won't be racing in Class 4 races for very long. One to beat.

2nd Pick: CHALAZA (3) - Very well handicapped 7yo. To say this fellow is frustrating is an understatement. He leaves it incredibly late on occasions but has the talent and if they go at a good tempo, that will play to his strengths here. Include.

3rd Pick: LIMITED EDITION (2) - Now four points higher than last win and has run well off this sort of mark when last seen. Trial form gets a tick and just under a year ago was only beaten 1.5 lengths by Fame Star, how good is that form? One for the numbers.

4th Pick: TYSON (9) - Better show from Tyson back in March before racing was halted. If running to that level of form again, he is a player for place money.


1st Pick: SUPER WIN (6) - He is no prolific winner but the break would be beneficial to this horse. Well drawn to get the right run and is worth considering at long odds. Major player.

2nd Pick: EL PRIMERO (3) - Appears that we will see the best of him over further but is worth monitoring here fresh off the back of a recent trial. Don't dismiss.

3rd Pick: HIDDEN PROMISE (2) - Experienced campaigner who has been struggling to win but career credentials are worth respecting. Worth including in the mix.

4th Pick: MONTOYA (9) - Has struggled to win but has had time to mature. Worth considering for the minor end.


1st Pick: MAKKEM LAD (3) - Returned in great heart to win a Class 4 on this surface in February and followed it up with a dead-heated victory with the smart Mr Malek in this grade. Runner-up in the 3yo Classic last year, he has plenty of talent and his recent trial should leave him cherry ripe for this return to action. Leading light here.

2nd Pick: ARAMANI (4) - A Group 3 winner in his native Australia when landing the Australia Stakes at Moonee Valley in October 2018, following that up with a Group 3 placing the following February but did lose his way a bit in his final few runs. Now with a top team here at Kranji, he has trialled very nicely and must be given plenty of consideration on debut in Singapore. Interesting runner.

3rd Pick: COMING THROUGH (1) - Ultra-progressive on this surface with five wins from seven runs on the Polytrack, with the most recent couple of wins in this grade. Up a further five points for that win in March, he was a close-up fourth in a trial to put him ready for this and given he is going the right way, he has to be a live chance.

4th Pick: ARARAT LADY (10) - A handy mare on her day and has backed up a Class 4 win last October with some solid efforts in this company when last seen. She has won her latest trial (in decent time) and is receiving weight which is a bonus. Will give her running here.


1st Pick: MY MIRACLE (12) - Has been struggling to win but finds conditions to suit with a lightweight and a good gate. Capable of upsetting at long odds.

2nd Pick: FREE FALLIN' (1) - Lightly-raced and has the upside to improve. Well drawn to perform, so must be respected.

3rd Pick: TAVITO (8) - Last-start winner who tends to mix form. Must be respected with a repeat dose.

4th Pick: FIREWORKS (2) - Has been knocking on the door. Poorly drawn but with a good ride from the gate, can be competitive.


1st Pick: SKYWALK (2) - This Class 1 is a Group race in all bar name and the vote will go the way of Skywalk to land the prize. A seriously smart Polytrack sprinter, he gave 8.5kgs to another of today's rivals Star Of Jupiter, who beat him last time out. This James Peters-trained runner has caught the eye with a decent trial recently also. The opposition is tough, but he is good enough to win again on the back of a five-point rise from the handicapper.

2nd Pick: FAME STAR (3) - Quite possibly the most consistent horse racing at Kranji in the last few seasons, with form figures of 42213-21222711111-1. Having struck up a winning partnership with Marc Lerner, he backed up his Group 2 EW Barker win with another strong success in a Kranji Stakes A in February and in the process beating some useful types. Recent trials have been pleasing from this 5yo and this looks sure to be the start of another excellent campaign.

3rd Pick: COUNTOFMONTECRISTO (1) - Very hard to pick holes in the form of this multiple Group 2 winner's form over the last few seasons, with one of these feature wins coming over the course and distance in the Merlion Trophy. In an ideal world, he can be preferred over a little further nowadays but has shown a top level of form over any number of trips and judged on a recent trial in which he looked fresh and well, he must be feared by all and should go close once again.

4th Pick: STAR OF JUPITER (8) - Runner-up to Skywalk when they last met and has since gone up a couple of points for that good effort in defeat. He will be receiving a lot of weight off the leading players and would have to come into the reckoning, and fresh, is possibly the time to catch him. Strong each-way chance.


1st Pick: SUN CHESS (2) - Performed well on debut. Needed his most recent trial, so looks primed for this affair. Commands respect.

2nd Pick: CALIFORNIA (8) - Hard to knock on recent efforts. Well drawn to take up a prominent role and will take beating on best efforts.

3rd Pick: WONDERFUL KNIGHT (3) - Has been knocking on the door. Monitor market/parade as this stable are very patient. That'll be the best guide.

4th Pick: SUPER POSH (5) - Quirky customer but has the ability to win this race. Isn't ideally drawn but is capable of contesting with the right breaks. In the mix.


1st Pick: SUPER POWER (3) - Has proven a hard horse to predict and recent form figures are far from inspiring to say the least, but he has trialled well enough leading up to this return to action and judged on the pick of his form, he is a nicely handicapped horse in this type of event. Can be fancied to leave some poor form behind him here.

2nd Pick: MY BIG BOSS (4) - Has some good form over this course and distance under his belt. This Lee Freedman-trained galloper trialled well recently and is more than capable of giving a good account here.

3rd Pick: QIJI DIAMOND (7) - It may be worthwhile taking a chance with Qiji Diamond back on this surface. A better performer on the green stuff but has run well on the Polytrack on his second start and a latest trial was a good indicator to his readiness for this.

4th Pick: RESOLUTION (10) - Only win came in a rather humble Class 5 but has run some nice races lately in this grade and has a nice weight to carry here. It would be no shock to witness a bold show.

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