Larry Foley: Tiger Roar looks far too strong for his rivals in the Three-Year-Old Sprint, Race 11, at Kranji in Singapore on Sunday.
Good horses win good races.
And at either weight-for-age or set-weight race conditions, the good horses are at the top of the ratings and TIGER ROAR is head and shoulders above the rest of the field in the Three-Year-Old Classic.
Remarkably, he flew under a few radars (including ours) in the Three-Year-Old Sprint but given his best form was over longer, punters could be forgiven for sending him out at a luxurious 7-1 starting price over 1200m.
On the back of that emphatic victory – and with improvement expected over 1400m – he probably starts as the odds-on elect on Sunday, but it would be a brave man to take him on and the Australian-bred gelding looks a strong banker with bigger and better races on his horizon.
But racing is not as easy as that, and while he gets a 4.5kg advantage on his nearest rival at the weight versus rating ratio, PROSPEROUS RETURN kept him honest in the Sprint and the US-bred EVEREST was not far behind and has some upside as he is only three runs into his exciting career.
The race could have another twist or two with BE YOU likely to give a bold sight and RELENTLESS – freshened with a nice trial – could very well be strongest late and will be value.
Race 11: Tiger Roar
Race 2: Salamence
Race 10: Special King
Race 9: 1, 4, 5, 6, 9
Race 10: 2, 3, 4, 6, 9, 13
Race 11: 1
Race 12: 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10