Hollywoodbets Sports Blog: International Racing: Kranji – Friday 21 February 2020

International Racing: Kranji – Friday 21 February 2020

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There are eight races to look forward to at Kranji this Friday 21 February 2020, with the headline event coming in the seventh on the card, a 1400m Class 4 event on the Turf. 

There is no meeting this Sunday, so punters will be trying to make the most of it here. It’s not the easiest of cards to make sense of, but a few winners can certainly be found.

Best Bet: HEART OF COURAGE (Race 5)
Value Bet: TIGER FORCE (Race 6)

Race
Time
Conditions
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
1
12:50
1700m – Poly – Class 5
8
3
1
7
5
2
13:20
1200m – Poly – Restricted Maiden
1
8
5
2
6
3
13:50
1400m – Turf – Open Maiden
3
8
2
10
11
4
14:20
1200m – Poly – Restricted Maiden
7
1
4
6
8
5
14:50
1100m – Poly – Class 5
1
8
3
2
6
6
15:20
1600m – Poly – Class 4
9
1
4
5
7
7
15:50
1400m – Turf – Class 3
5
2
8
3
7
8
16:20
1100m – Poly – Class 5
8
7
1
4
10

SCOOTER should be worth following on the card opener, a Class 5 poly event over the 1700m. The son of All Too Hard has been in consistent form of late and he should relish the extra half-furlong. He lands another useful draw and he has a great chance of landing in the winners’ box for the first time in Singapore. His biggest danger could be the Takaoka trained CARNELLIAN. She continues to slip in the ratings and lands a much-improved draw this time. With Rodd up, she deserves plenty of respect.

NINGALOO is just getting going in his career and he has faced slightly tougher opposition in his first three outings. He now enters weight-for-age conditions and despite the draw, he finds conditions to suit. Having found traffic last time, he will be looking for a smooth path at the business end and if so, he should be tough to oppose in the second race. UNSTOPPABLE GIANT has his debut and if going on his decent trial recently, he should give a useful account of himself. It may be worth following the markets to get an idea of what to expect from the son of Savabeel.

HWASONG should top the betting boards come the third race when the son of Declaration Of War steps out for his third outing. He showed solid improvement at the second time of asking last time out when finding an improved draw. Drawn wider here, he will be finishing well and with scope for improvement, should be worth following. SMOKE AND MIRRORS has been in modest form of late, but the last time he ran over this trip he went very close to winning so the extra furlong will suit. From another plum draw, he will be looking to get away cleanly for a change and that should set him up for a very big run.

In a very tricky fourth race, where there is very little form to assess and a few newcomers, it might prove wiser to side with the filly – SHINE ALMIGHTY. She has trialled well and if building on her latest test, she should give a good account of herself. SILVER SWORD wasn’t disgraced last time when overcoming a tricky barrier. He finds gate 6 this time and should have the scope for improvement to go right into contention.

HEART OF COURAGE is the top pick in the 5th race on the card and to add to that, he lands himself the tag of best bet. The son of Fastnet Rock is long overdue a win and on his current, consistent form he finds the right race to double his win tally. Vlad Duric takes the mount and he looks tough to oppose under these conditions.

A Class 4 mile greets punters in the sixth race and TIGER FORCE gets the nod to take the lion's share of the prize money. He hasn’t been disgraced since stepping up to Class 4 level and he lands a plum draw this time. The 34-day absence from racing would have done him the world of good and it is difficult to imagine this son of Kitten’s Joy running out of contention. DAZZLE GOLD did well last time out when stepping onto an unfavourable surface and the return to the Poly track is telling. If he manages to negate the tricky gate 9, his followers can expect a bold showing.

The penultimate race on the card is also the headline event and WECANDO is picked to finish first. He has a solid record over this course and distance and on the back of a massive effort last time out, he should be competitive under these ideal conditions. If he gets it wrong, it could be the progressive looking FEDERATION who picks up the pieces. He has been right there of late and now steps up to the 1400m which could suit. Drawn well, he must be included.

BRING ME JOY will be the top pick in the final race on the card and he gets the services of young Alysha Collett with a light weight to shoulder. He gave a solid account of himself last time out and despite the tricky barrier he must face, he should have the required gate speed to race handy from the off. He must win soon off his current mark of 23 and looks a safe bet for punters to end on a high. LUCKY RED has been a consistent type, but he is still a maiden after 20 outings and that creates an element of doubt. With that said, he finds conditions to suit and must be worth including.

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