Racing this Saturday sees an entertaining eleven race programme at Kranji Racecourse with a host of top-quality racing on offer the top bet and value bet, should be followed closely.
VALUE BET – MAN OF MYSTERY
TOP BET – EIGHT BALL
RACE 1 – Time: 06:00 Class 5 Handicap -1200m
FAST AND FEARLESS looks to be in a good patch of form in his last few starts. Solid win in this grade two starts ago and this looks a similar test here. ANPANMAN went to the line together with his stablemate Turf Beauty to dead heat last start. Looked good in a trial last week and can continue his winning form. LIM’S PRIDE nice second last start when sat up on the pace only missing out by half a length. Can make his presence felt in this.
RACE 2 – Time: 06:30 Maiden- 1100m
REIGNITE well backed last start but fade out after hitting the front in the straight. Second on debut on Polytrack. Reverts to that surface. Blinkers replaced with blinker-pacifiers. Worth sticking with him even if he jumps from a wide draw. BEN WADE making slow headway. Last two runs have not been without merit. Drawn awkwardly, but the services of apprentice jockey Hakim Kamaruddin could be key to a forward run. DON’T TELL TILLY nice second to Godfathers two runs back. Can mix her form but if in the mood, she can give this a good go here.
RACE 3 – Time: 07:00 Class 4 Handicap – 1000m
MAN OF MYSTERY the return to this trip and the booking of Vlad Duric are two strong reasons to forgive a poor display last time out. COUSTEAU now six points lower than his last win and looks handicapped to go close here. WHIZ FIZZ will be more at home on the Polytrack and this is easier than recent races he has contested.
RACE 4 – Time: 07:30 Class 5 Handicap -1600m
GINGERMAN form has been solid for a race like this. Last start finished fifth beaten under two lengths. Gets in on a very lightweight. WIND RHAPSODY although still a maiden in Singapore, his last two starts have resulted in two placings. This isn’t a strong race, so he has claims. ACCUMULATION gets his chance to add another win to his record in this. Has mixed form on both surfaces and placed twice on the course and distance.
RACE 5 – Time: 08:00 Maiden – 1200m
EIGHT BALL knocking on the door. Better racing experience gives him an edge, and a handy barrier also helps. Ninth start could be the one for Eight Ball. RENZO creditable first-up run when third to Amazing Breeze. Will strip fitter and should be right there. LIM’S DENALI Blinker-pacifiers come off this Daniel Meagher-trained filly. May have to drop back from the wide barrier. Outside chance.
RACE 6 – Time: 08:30 Class 5 Handicap -1100m
HEALTHY STAR drops back in class. Not beaten far away against better company in recent races. Don’t underestimate him. UNCLE LUCKY regular placegetter these days. Ran second to Hello Michelle last time out. Meets her three kilos better and can turn the tables on her with a bit of luck. HELLO MICHELLE, hard to ignore after she bounced back to form in a stellar fashion. Back over the same course and distance. Nice barrier. Worth another go.
RACE 7 – Time: 09:00 Class 5 Handicap -1200m
HOST THE NATION one of the oldest horses racing at Kranji. Looked good running second in a trial last week and his best runs have come over this course and distance. LIFE IS GAMBLE has a good record when competing in Class 5. Has speed and can use that here to find his winning form again. RED ROAR not beaten too far in his last few. Does not meet tough competition here and at his best can feature here.
RACE 8 – Time: 09:30 Class 4 Handicap -1000m
LONHRO GOLD it can prove fruitful to follow this course and distance specialist in what looks a very open affair. BIONICS has been racing extremely well recently and is now up 15 points for a couple of very impressive wins. More to do here but is in super form. Can go close again. KASSAB off since February but has trialled nicely and on the balance of form, he should be bang in there at the business end of the race.
RACE 9 – Time: 10:00 Class 5 Handicap -1600m
LEMON SQUASH proven performer in Class 5 and has been placed over this distance in both attempts. Stable is dangerous in this grade and distance. STREET PARTY only a one-time winner in Singapore but always has support. Very consistent having been placed 15 times in his career. ALLEGRO winner two starts ago in Class 5. Rises in distance here but has a good record.
Race 10 – Time: 10:30 Class 4 Handicap -1600m
GOLD CITY ran well last time out and Vlad Duric remains on board having ridden this mare twice for two close-up second placings in her career. A leading chance in this race. METAL WORLD If the heavens open prior to racing, this four-year-old is a major player in a race like this for Louis-Philippe Beuzelin. IRONCHAMP showed good improvement last time and is from a stable in great form now. One to include.
Race 11 – Time: 11:00 Class 4 Handicap -1200m
AFALONHRO with a lot of pace in this final race, it may well play into the hands of this top weight who has been off since last October but has trialled well. EXDREAM another hold-up performer and a winner on his latest start. Now five points higher but can go very close. UNIVERSAL EMPIRE likes to roll forward and has been racing well in his last few starts. One to watch here.