Follow Duric, Clements at Kranji

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Follow Duric, Clements at Kranji

MICHAEL CLEMENTS

Larry Foley: The jury may be out on whom will top the trainer and jockey premierships at season end, but as it stands the proof is in the 2020 pudding and Mike Clements and Vlad Duric are the men to follow at Kranji on Sunday.

And while Duric had a slow start due to injury in 2021 and is just hitting his straps, Clements remains on top of the trainer’s table with a strike rate of some 20%.

Clements best on Sunday look to be ABLEST ASCEND and HEARTENING FLYER in Races 3 and 11 respectively, with IMPLEMENT also a big show down in grade in Race 7.

Duric always has a good book of rides, but oddly a Class 5 conveyance in SESON (Race 5) could be his standout in a day littered with some tough race for punters.

But the interesting runners are where the Duric and Clements planets align and SHEPHERD’S HYMN and TOP KNIGHT in races seven and nine are worth serious thought.

TOP KNIGHT is perhaps the most interesting runner competing in the bumper 12-race card, given he is the best horse in the race but has never won over 1200m.

But the Kranji Stakes A field lacks winners on paper and on the more than fair D Course, you would imagine Duric has him ready to pounce on straitening and his class may prevail at the business end.

If TOP KNIGHT does find 1200m too short, the progressive KHARISMA could be the one to run down with the honest ZAC KASA also in the winning mix.

BEST BETS

Race 5 Seson

Race 11 Heartening Flyer

VALUE BET

Race 12 Romantic 

JACKPOT

R288

Race 9: 1, 4, 11

Race 10: 1, 2, 3, 11

Race 11: 2, 4, 5, 11

Race 12: 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8

 

RACE-BY-RACE ANALYSIS

Race 1

Selections; 10 HIDDEN PROMISE – 1 CAVALLA COURT – 7 ALL WE KNOW – 2 AMAZING CHOICE

The usual Class 5 raffle to open the bumper 12-race Easter Sunday card and it may pay to follow two of the leading hoops in Vlad Duric and K Hakim. Obviously Duric has the runs on the board over many years and the Champion jockey has just missed on CAVALLA COURT at his last two starts over this trip and it should be a case of whoever beats him wins. He has drawn a tad sticky in gate 11 though, so Hakim on HIDDEN PROMISE from gate 9 could be the danger. In fact HIDDEN PROMISE finds himself over the right trip after two runs over shorter and Hakim looks a big pointer to his winning hopes. Of the rest, three last start winners in AMAZING CHOICE, INTREPID and SUN CONQUEROR all should figure, while the maiden, ALGUMIR, is worth another look after a disappointing run with support last start. The big improver is ALL WE KNOW who drops to Class 5 – his only winning grade – and he could easily surprise after a solid Class 4 run last start. Betting Strategy – ALL WE KNOW each-way.

1 CAVALLA COURT *** Just missed last start in a similar affair and looks the benchmark again. 4.00

2 AMAZING CHOICE *** Won last Saturday over 1200m, handles the mile and worth another look from gate 2 with a 4kg claim. 6.00

3 GUNMETAL GREY ** Resuming with tongue-tie. Maiden who should be competitive from gate 1 with market best guide. 20

4 MURRAYFIELD * Drawn badly again and needs turf. 50

5 INTREPID *** Broke overdue Maiden status this trip and track and worth a look but gate will test. 6.00

6 SUN CONQUEROR ** Made every post a winner last start but extra weight and wide gate a concern. 12

7 ALL WE KNOW *** Form better than it reads, drops significantly in Class and could be the bolter at odds. Keep safe. 12

8 SUN PITTSBURGH * Very hard to follow on form but won two back so include if budget permits. 20

9 ALMUGIR *** Maiden who was very disappointing with support last start when resuming in this grade. Worth another look. 12

10 HIDDEN PROMISE *** Always a show and can win over a suitable trip with Hakim a factor. 4.00

11 ZOFFSPEED ** Respiratory issues at his last two starts but recent trial good and pay to keep very safe. 12

12 FOOTSTEPSONTHECAR * No. 100

13 SPIRIT SEVEN ** Resuming on the back of a solid trial and Beasley booking suggests forward showing. 20

14 SUNDAY ** Maiden who should appreciate Class 5 and gets upgrade to blinkers. Improves. 33

Race 2

Selections; 5 ACE SOVEREIGN – 3 STRONG N SMART – 9 GREAT EXPECTATION – 12 TAVI WILL DO

A very tricky Restricted Maiden with a few of the race brigade ready to win and at least three of the newcomers some hope on trial form. Of those we do know, ACE SOVEREIGN got too far back from a wide gate last start and his work late to place was very good so from gate 3 with John Powell retaining the ride, he goes close. STRONG N SMART was disappointing last start but he has subsequently trialled well, 1400m suits and he has to be considered. GOLDEN SPRINT, FIGHTING HERO and the emergency – SUPER ATAS – are all due and all can win without surprising. Of the debutantes, two Stephen Gray runners in GREAT EXPECTATION and TAVI WILL DO both have trialled well enough to consider with market best guide, as has the well-bred SHYLOCK who will have Debt Collector admirers. Betting Strategy – ACE SOVEREIGN win, saver on STRONG N SMART.

1 AL MEQDAM * Improves on debut run but market best guide. 20

2 GOLDEN SPRINT *** Resuming after three placings from three career starts. Trip suits on the back of a solid trial so goes close. 4.00

3 STRONG N SMART *** Disappointing last start but hard held at subsequent trial and 1400m looks ideal on form prior. Big show. 6.00

4 FIGHTING HERO *** Drawn a tad sticky but recent trial good and looks due. Keep safe. 5.00

5 ACE SOVEREIGN *** Not catching winner after settling back from wide gate last start but work home was very good and hard to hold out here. 5.00

6 BRUCE ALNAUGHTY ** Battled away without being a threat last start but will be competitive from gate 2. 12

7 HENG XING * Needs to improve. 50

8 CLASSIC THIRTYSIX ** Kiwi-bred 3YO who has been solid at the trials and should be competitive although gate will test. 20

9 GREAT EXPECTATION *** Another Kiwi-bred 3YO who has been solid at the trials but market watch advised with Duric up from gate 5. 12

10 QIJI AUSTON ** Resuming after two solid runs and may improve on the back of some solid trials. 20

11 SHYLOCK ** Well-related NZ-bred 3YO who has worked home well enough at his local trials to consider over 1400m on debut. 20

12 TAVI WILL DO *** NZ-bred 3YO who come off a good hit out at a recent trial and worth thought on debut. 12

13 SUPER ATAS *** Improving with each run, 1400m on turf looks ideal and goes close. 6.00

14 LADY ROXANNE * Disappointing last start on the back of a good trial and wide gate will test. 50

Race 3

Selections; 3 ABLEST ASCEND – 12 TRIPLE BOWL – 6 BEER GARDEN – 1 CHEVAL RAPIDE

We made ABLEST ACEND one of the better bets of the day at his last start and while he has an extra 3.5kg to carry and steps up from 1000m, he meets similar opposition and the 3YO can win again with support likely. In saying that, there may be some value about on the other winning hopes and TRIPLE BOWL is one to watch. The 5YO had traffic excuses when not tested in Novice Company last start and his form prior in similar affairs to this has him right in the mix. BEER GARDEN showed last start he handles the Poly and, from the coveted one box, Beuzelin will try to make every post a winner, while CHEVAL RAPIDE drops significantly in Class and, while drawn wide in 12, Duric may go forward and he should keep the favourite more than honest. Blanket over the rest for the skinny end of exotics. Betting Strategy – TRIPLE BOWL each-way.

1 CHEVAL RAPIDE *** Drawn wide but significant drop in Class and will win in this Company so keep safe. 6.00

2 PROOF PERFECT ** Solid without being a threat last start and expect much the same with tongue-tie added. 20

3 ABLEST ASCEND *** Kept honest when winning with support last start in this grade and hard to run down. 2.60

4 COUSTEAU ** Best recent form over 1000m but placed last start at odds and can figure here. 12

5 FLAK JACKET * Was first beaten last start in similar affair and wide gate will test. 33

6 BEER GARDEN *** Showed last start the Poly holds no fears and will give a big sight from gate 1. 5.00

7 PINDUS ** Finding it hard to win but usually in the mix and a must for exotics. 20

8 SUPER POSH * Pulled up lame when supported last start but 1200m can test. 20

9 WINNING LEGEND ** Last start Class 5 winner who has been competitive previously this Company. 12

10 HAPPY SATURDAY ** Battled last start but gets blinkers on the back of a good trial so worth thought. 20

11 NORTHERN SUN * Recent win in Class 5 and gate will test here. 33

12 TRIPLE BOWL *** Excuses when not tested to the wire in Novice Company last start and a big show here on Class 4 Poly form prior. 8.00

13 CHALAZA ** Form better than it reads and can include in exotics at value. 33

14 HYDE PARK * Battled late last start and may need Class 5. 33

Race 4

Selections; 4 PHAXE – 1 SHOWBOUND – 2 EASYLIGHTS – 8 TAKE A CHANCE

Like a few Open Maidens of late, this race lacks depth but hopefully we can narrow down the winner to just two horses in PHAXE and SHOWBOUND. PHAXE is honest – that’s rare in this company – and did enough last start in Class 5 to think he is hardest to beat with gate 1 a bonus. The only thing standing in his way is Vlad Duric. The champion hoop was on the horse (Amazing Choice) that beat PHAXE last Saturday and Duric on SHOWBOUND on the Poly in this weak field looks a good booking. EASY LIGHTS, TAKE A CHANCE and MARCUS ANTONIUS the only other horses that should be competitive. Betting Strategy – PHAXE and SHOWBOUND forecast.

1 SHOWBOUND *** Battled away last start but always looks a chance on the Poly and this race weak enough to win. 3.00

2 EASYLIGHTS ** Race form terrible but recent trial was very comfortable and pay to keep safe. 20

3 EL MACHO * OK last start but only good run was on the turf so happy to ignore. 33

4 PHAXE *** Found one better in Class 5 last start but due and gets his chance from the ace. 2.60

5 TELL ME * Back in trip and easier to ignore. 33

6 SMASH * Tongue-tie off, winkers on but not for me. 33

7 UNBRIDLED SWEEP * Excuses (bad start) on debut but hard to have. 33

8 TAKE A CHANCE ** Not a mile away last start, gets upgrade to blinker/pacifiers and pay to watch market in this weak field. 6.00

9 MARCUS ANTONIUS ** Placed last start over the mile and that trip looks his caper although this race weak enough to play a role. 6.00

10 GREAT HERO * Hard to have on what we have seen at the races. 33

11 ONE WAY TICKET * Battler. 50

12 MODERN EXPRESS * NZ-bred 2YO colt who may need the run on exposed trial form. 33

13 BURGUNDY LAD * No. 100

Race 5

Selections; 7 SESON – 1 CHARMING DIAMOND – 2 BARBEQUE – 4 BEN WADE

The danger bells are ringing for punters in this Class 5 turf sprint given SESON – who comes off a shocker – may start as the odds on favourite. The 3YO does have a few things in his favour that warrants the expected support and Vlad Duric replacing WW Cheah is certainly one. Add the fact he comes off a good trial, gets blinkers for the first time and meets a weak field, and the race is his to lose. Who beats him? CHARMING DIAMOND looks hopeless on form but drops to his winning grade so is the obvious improver with support likely, while BARBEQUE can be considered in this Company but can disappoint. Of the others, the maiden BEN WADE may appreciate and improve in Class 5 Company and PING PONG will be strong late. Betting Strategy – SESON strong win.

1 CHARMING DIAMOND *** Form reads terribly but drops to winning Class and improves length with one eye on the market. 5.00

2 BARBEQUE ** Tough to follow and disappointing as a rule but should win a race like this so keep safe. 12

3 BEAUTY DIVA * May appreciate gate 2 but hard to have on form. 33

4 BEN WADE ** Maiden who has been disappointing but should appreciate Class 5 so keep safe with Hakim a factor. 20

5 NINETEEN GALE * Worked home well last start but needs longer to win. 20

6 PING PONG ** May need longer but traffic excuses last start and could play a part if race run to suit. 20

7 SESON *** Disappointing last start but gets blinkers first time on the back of a good trial and hard to beat with significant jockey change. 1.80

8 ZYGARDE * Back in trip and needs to improve. 33

9 CIZEN LUCKY ** Needs to find a length but has been waning on well and recent trial sans blinkers suggest another look at odds. 20

10 SUN ELIZABETH ** Gate makes winning tough but ran on well last start when blinkers went on so can follow. 12

11 MOON CHARM ** Nothing last start on the Poly but better suited on the turf so should improve. 33

12 SILVER WAY ** Disappointing with heavy support last start but has been around the place so can include in exotics. 12

13 SATURDAY ** Tough to follow but effort two back good and gate 3 helps. Watch market. 12

14 BROADWAY SUCCESS ** Can’t discount completely on form but prefer on the Poly. 12

Race 6

Selections; 2 LIM’S DREAMWALKER – 5 WAWASAN – 3 DON’T TELL TILLY – 4 BIG BAD MAMA

More danger bells for punters with two of the three winning hopes in this very weak maiden in LIM’S DREAMWALKER and DON’T TELL TILLY resuming. But both have good enough form to win and both come off good trials so take your pick. WAWASAN is the obvious pick on recent form with three placings from three career starts and he does look the benchmark. On paper, BIG BAD MAMA is the only other horse that could figure at the business end with a tongue-tie added to her gear. Forget the rest. Betting Strategy – LIM’S DREAMWALKER win, couple with DON’T TEL TILLY and WAWASAN in exotics.

1 SWEET TAPIT * US-bred maiden who arrived unplaced from three starts in Australia. Gets Duric but market only guide on local trial form. 20

2 LIM’S DREAMWALKER *** Resuming. Having first race start on the Poly but turf form good and recent trial good enough to win. 4.00

3 DON’T TELL TILLY *** Puled up lame last start on turf but has placed on the Poly and trialled well enough to win this. 4.00

4 BIG BAD MAMA ** Resuming. Has speed and will give a sight with tongue-tie added on the back of a solid trial. 8.00

5 WAWASAN *** Foot on the till and will have a big say in this finish. 3.00

6 SUPREME FIGHTER * Issues last start (bad start, respiratory) and always trials OK but running out of chances. 33

7 OUR SECRET WEAPON * Disappointing with support last start and wide gate will test. 15

8 COMING UP * OK last start and gate 2 helps but needs to improve again in this field. 20

9 CRYSTAL STAR * Gets blinkers but battles as a rule. 33

10 RAGING BRAVE * OK in a weak one last start and gate will test in this field. 20

11 WEDNESDAY * Nuisance value only. 33

12 BARBARIAN * Honest as a rule and gets blinkers but needs to find a few lengths. 33

13 RESOLUTE * Battler. 100

14 KING MIDAS * The odd good run but easier to ignore. 50

Race 7

Selections; 1 IMPLEMENT – 3 SHEPHERD’S HYMN – 8 LIM’S UNIQUE – 7 GOLD REWARD

A race with plenty of depth and while a couple of Clement runners in IMPLEMENT and SHEPHERD’S HYMN can win with support likely, there has to be value about on most others on the day so a good look at the market is advised. But IMPLEMENT drops in grade and finds himself in the right race and Beuzelin will have plenty of horse underneath him when things get serious late. SHEPHERD’S HYMN did it tough last start so happy to forgive that effort as he was due prior and Duric doesn’t hurt his chances. Now for some value. MANDRAKE had respiratory issues last start on the Poly but was due prior on the turf, while IRONCHAMP and CHAMPAGNE FINALE will all also appreciate being back on the turf. LIM’S UNIQUE probably leads and showed last start he wins in this Company sooner than later and GOLD KINGDOM will be strong late so can be considered if the race is run to suit. Keep the first emergency – MERYL – very safe as she won despite the saddle slipping last start and can win again on the turf. Betting Strategy – IMPLEMENT win or look for value on the day.

1 IMPLEMENT *** Drops in grade, mile ideal and hard to hold out with Beuzelin a pointer. 3.00

2 MANDRAKE *** Respiratory issues last start on the Poly but can win back on the turf over recent winning trip. 6.00

3 SHEPHERD’S HYMN *** Did it very tough last start so happy to forgive that run and can win on form prior. 6.00

4 IRONCHAMP *** Ignore last start on the Poly over sprint trip and can figure prominently at odds. 20

5 KING’S SPEECH * Impossible on recent form but Hakim claim may help and race should suit. 33

6 CHAMPAGNE FINALE *** In the mix last start this trip on the Poly and handles the turf so worth an each-way look. 12

7 GOLD REWARD *** Drops back from 2000m but hard to fault honest form and can consider sans tongue-tie on the back of a good trial. 8.00

8 LIM’S UNIQUE *** Just missed in Class 4 last start and handles the turf so can win with forward run expected. 5.00

9 GOLD KINGDOM * Honest as a rule but may need Class 5 to win. 33

10 MY EVEREST * Query the turf and desperate for Class 5. 50

11 SPLIT SECOND ** First up run was good and handles the turf and the mile so keep safe at odds from gate 1. 20

12 DON DE LA VEGA ** Love to see in Class 5 but has been running on well enough to keep safe at value. 33

13 MERYL *** Saddle slipped when winning on the Poly this trip last start and has won on the turf so big show if she gets a start. 4.00

14 STRONG N BEST ** Broke Maiden status in Class 5 last start but has trialled well since so should be competitive. 20

Race 8

Selections; 7 FOUNTAIN OF FAME – 9 ANGEL HALO – 4 BALOR – 1 BLITZ POWER

Not going to get too excited about this Class 5 Poly mile and it may be a good time to take stock of the days punting and grab a bite to eat before we get into the jackpot/quaddie legs. But if you must, Vlad Duric on FOUNTAIN OF FAME looks the safest bet although he will be short in the betting. ANGEL HALO gets gate 1 and has the form to win, while BALOR also appreciates the good gate (2) and can figure. BLITZ POWER and FORD MUSTANG both come off poor runs but were due prior although the gates will test here. Betting Strategy – small win FOUNTAIN OF FAME.

1 BLITZ POWER *** Rider suggested issues last start and due prior so keep safe. 8.00

2 FORT MUSTANG *** Drawn wide an coming off a shocker but recent trial solid and ready to win so give another chance. 6.00

3 UPGRADED ** Just battling but gets blinkers added on the back of a solid trial so could improve. 12

4 BALOR *** Placed without being a threat from wide gate last start but can consider from barrier 2. 6.00

5 FLYING YELLOW ** Gate a concern but appreciates first up run and could give a sight with positive ride. 20

6 GOLD RUSH * Blinkers off, tongue-tie on but needs to show more. 33

7 FOUNTAIN OF FAME *** Maiden who just missed last start and gets the Duric drive so can win. 3.00

8 SCOOTER ** Coming off a poor run but can go forward and give a sight on best form. 12

9 ANGEL HALO *** Never a threat last start but always a show in races like this and gate 1 helps. Can win. 6.00

10 ROMAN CLASSIC ** OK in a weak one last start but may be better on the turf. 20

11 DARK KNIGHT * Resuming sans blinkers and recent trial OK but hard to consider. 50

12 MY MIRACLE * Tongue-tie on but battling. 50

13 BLACK TAIPAN * No. 50

14 SPORTSCASTER ** Very disappointing with support last start but goes forward as a rule and can give a sight. 12

Race 9

Selections; 1 TOP KNIGHT – 11 KHARISMA – 4 ZAC KASA – 2 SKYWALK

The warning bells are ringing for punters in this Kranji Stakes A turf sprint given you can make a losing case for all the horses and someone is going have to reverse a trend or two to knock in a win. Starting at the top, TOP KNIGHT is the best horse in the race, will be super late fresh but is yet to win over 1200m. KHARISMA has winning form to his name but is up significantly in grade and is yet to win on the turf. ZAC KASA probably looks best suited over 1200m on the turf and was in the mix last start with support but hasn’t won since February 2019, which is obviously some concern. Most others with some form to their name are better suited on the Poly at this level so it really does look a raffle. Betting Strategy – TOP KNIGHT and KHARISMA forecast.

1 TOP KNIGHT *** Resuming. Obviously better over longer but will be flying late if race run to suit. 3.00

2 SKYWALK ** Resuming after poor Poly run. Probably better on that surface but handles the turf and recent trial good enough to keep safe. 12

3 SACRED REBEL ** Another better suited on the Poly but not a mile away when running on well last start so can include in exotics. 12

4 ZAC KASA *** Lack of winning form an issue but was in the mix till late last start with support and expect much the same. 3.40

5 NIMBLE * Nothing first up and hard to have. 100

6 PENNYWISE ** Back in trip and a better option on the Poly but versatile so another to include in exotics. 12

7 AUGUSTANO ** Disappointing last start but gate 2 helps and could figure in a race with no stand out. 20

8 CHURCHILL ** Drawn a tad awkwardly but ran on well late last start and worth thought. 8.00

9 WEBSTER * Blinkers off but lost form. 50

10 DARC BOUNTY * Not a mile away last start but needs the Poly at this level. 33

11 KHARISMA *** Up significantly in grade and yet to win on the turf but in cracking form and can win again with no weight. 6.00

12 KING LOUIS * Lost all form. 100

Race 10

Selections; 2 SURE WILL DO – 1 SACRED GIFT – 11 JACKSA – 3 LIM’S ZOOM

There’s a lot to like about SURE WILL DO and no reason to think the 4YO can’t knock in win number four from just five career starts in this Class 4 field. The Stephen Gray-trained gelding showed last start that the Poly was no issue and given he had excuses at his only defeat in driving rain on the turf, he can easily carry ay extra 2.5kg and go on his merry way. But another progressive 4YO in JACKSA is the danger. The US-bred entire had two sighters before winning well as the odds-on elect at start three in Maiden Company and he should have supporters in Class 4, although this is obviously tougher. SACRED GIFT has been in the mix at two starts since dropping to Class 4 and Vlad Duric helps his chances, while LIM’S ZOOM is better than what he showed at his last two and can improve with blinkers off, so keep safe. Most others will struggle but UNIVERSAL EMPIRE could improve at long odds on that back of a good trial on his preferred surface. Betting Strategy – SURE WILL DO win, include UNIVERSAL EMPIRE in exotics at odds.

1 SACRED GIFT *** In the mix at two starts since dropping to Class 4 a can win with Duric a factor. 4.00

2 SURE WILL DO *** Won well at first start on the Poly and hard to beat again with an extra 2.5kg to carry. 2.20

3 LIM’S ZOOM *** Disappointing at his last two starts with support but blinkers off and can improve with best work expected late. 12

4 SUPER SMART * Better than what he has shown of late but wide gate tests here. 33

5 UNIVERSAL EMPIRE ** Impossible on recent form but that as on the turf and could improve lengths back on his preferred surface with a good recent trial a pointer. 33

6 SUPER POWER * Recent win at odds looks an anomaly. 33

7 CRYSTAL DRAGON * Shown nothing this campaign. 33

8 GOOD LUCK CHARM * Honest as a rule but battle last start and may be looking for easier. 33

9 ALWAYS INNOCENT * Took a drop to Class 5 to win and wide gate may test here. 20

10 CIRCUIT STAR * Freshened sans visor but should need longer. 33

11 JACKSA *** Turned some good form into a maiden win this track with heavy support and can follow. 4.00

12 DESPACITO * Battling. 50

13 SUN STEP * Battling at the business end of late. 33

14 UNCONQUERED ** In the mix last start on the Poly and can follow each-way. 12

Race 11

Selections; 4 HEARTENING FLYER – 11 TIGER ROAR – 5 GOLD STAR – 2 QUADCOPTER

While he has plenty of good opposition – including a stablemate resuming – HEARTENING FLYER is a very smart horse and it will be a case of whoever beats him wins this race. The 4YO had his colours lowered for the first time outside of Group Company last start when he couldnt catch KHARISMA over 1200m on the Poly, but he would have lost no friends in defeat and is more suited over this trip on the turf and should win. His stablemate is TIGER ROAR who looks a very progressive stayer and will be strongest late with a cold ride likely. GOLD STAR is the each-way play given his caper is definitely 1400m on the turf and Duric is a good booking, while QUADCOPTER had excuses two back before a poor Poly run and he goes close on best form. Most others would surprise but SAVVY COMMAND with no weight could be considered. Betting Strategy – HEARTENING FLYER banker.

1 MY DREAMLINER * Wait for the Poly. 50

2 QUADCOPTER *** Forget last on the Poly and excuses at start prior on turf. Won one of these three back so keep safe. 12

3 THE AUGUST ** Form reads badly but last start better than the result and gets blinkers so can improve. 33

4 HEARTENING FLYER *** Not catching good winner but ran on well over 1200m on the Poly last start. Wins on form prior with 1400m ideal. 1.60

5 GOLD STAR *** Form better than it reads and 1400m on turf looks his caper. Each-way. 8.00

6 MOONGATE LIGHT * Appreciates first up run but better on the Poly. 50

7 CHICAGO STAR ** Competitive without being a threat in this Company last start but 4kg claim helps so keep safe in exotics. 33

8 GOLDEN FLAME ** Up in Class after solid win this trip but will be more than competitive. 12

9 MCGREGOR * Resuming after winning over 2000m last start and will find this too short. 33

10 SAVVY COMMAND ** Up in Class and drawn wide but handles the turf and could surprise with no weight. 12

11 TIGER ROAR *** Resuming. Very progressive stayer who can be ridden cold and be very strong late. Keep safe. 7.00

12 YAYA PAPAYA * Lost form and eligible for easier but may appreciate being back on turf. 50

13 STREET CRY SUCCESS ** Always competitive this trip but eligible for easier. 20

Race 12

Selections; 8 ROMANTIC – 6 ENTERTAINER – 2 LIMITED EDITION – 5 CALIFORNIA

The barrier Gods haven’t been kind to ENTERTAINER in the lucky last but the 4YO has blistering early speed and punters will be hoping Hakim can cross, lead and make it three wins on the trot. But he will need some luck going into that first bend and with support likely, it may pay to look elsewhere and ROMANTIC could be the better bet. The 5YO was never involved from a wide gate last start but had plenty in hand late so from gate 1 today, he should get every chance and hopefully offers each-way value. CALIFORNIA will also benefit from a better gate after a tough run last start and should figure prominently, while ARION SUCCESS won a similar affair last start and must be respected. LIMITED EDITION and DELAWARE are two that improve on the back of good trials with market best guide. Betting Strategy – ROMANTIC each-way.

1 QARAAT ** Improved effort when running on late when dropping o this Company last start and expect much the same. 20

2 LIMITED EDITION *** Resuming with two nice trials under his belt and has first up form. Keep safe. 12

3 ARION SUCCESS *** Won similar affair last start and pay to follow. 6.00

4 VULCAN ** Not a mile away when running on last start in similar affair and Duric never hurts. Keep safe. 12

5 CALIFORNIA *** Wide gate made it tough last start so gets his chance form gate 2 in what is a suitable race. 6.00

6 ENTERTAINER *** Draw a concern but has plenty of early speed and hard to fault winning form. 4.00

7 DELAWARE *** Freshened with a good trial sans blinkers and always a show in races like this. 6.00

8 ROMANTIC *** Never involved from wide gate last start but work late suggest plenty in hand and gets his chance from gate 1. 8.00

9 SUN RECTITUDE ** Resuming with good enough trial to keep safe but may be better suited on the turf. 20

10 BIG MARY * Improved when blinkers added in Class 5 last start but this is tougher. 20

11 LIM’S FORCE * Freshened but easier Company needed. 33

12 WIN WIN ** Love to see in Class 5 but will find this more suitable than Novice Company and can include in exotics. 15

13 SUPER RAY ** Never involved from wide gate last start but work late suggest some in hand and worth thought from gate 4. 12

14 WEALTH ELITE *** Never got involved last start but runs on super when race run to suit so keep safe. 12

 

 

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