Luke Middlebrook: There is Group 1 action at Kranji Racecourse in Singapore on Saturday with the running of the $1 million Kranji Mile and it is all set to go down in Race 10.
Top-class four-year-old Lim’s Kosciuszko looks primed to claim the equal-richest race on Singapore racing calendar and hand trainer Daniel Meagher another big-race success.
Before Lim’s Kosciuszko started his racing career in March last year, no one could have guessed he would score eight from nine and become the third highest-rated horse in this week’s Group 1 field.
Although his winning streak came to an end in a Class 1 1400m last start, he was far from disgraced as he sat on the speed off a blistering tempo and was only caught inside the final 50m, beaten 0.75 lengths into second.
Stablemate Lim’s Lightning should come on leaps and bounds from his fair first-up sixth place, which was his first run in over five months after his Gold Cup success in November last year. However – and importantly – regular rider Danny Beasley has jumped ship after his name appeared next to Lim’s Kosciuszko when the race card came out.
The Ricardo Le Grange-trained Katak appears ready for sharp improvement off his latest trial and a forgivable last-start failure after he pulled up with lacerated legs. Last but not least, defending champion Minister and last year’s Singapore Derby winner Hard Too Think both deserve respect.
Meanwhile, trainer Tim Fitzsimmons (26 wins) continues his good form and leads the premiership with a six- win buffer over Jason Ong and Michael Clements, both on 20 wins.
Manoel Nunes looks virtually unstoppable in the jockeys’ premiership, with it seemingly only a question of “how far”. Nunes sits atop the ladder with 48 wins, 29 ahead of Oscar Chavez and Danny Beasley, both on 19 wins.
Race 2 No 1 Relentless
Race 12 No 6 In All His Glory
Leg 1: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Leg 2: 1, 3
Leg 3: 2, 5
Leg 4: 2, 5, 6
SINGAPORE RACE ANALYSIS – 21 May 22
1st Pick: FIREWORKS (1)
Drops back in class after scoring back in February in the same grade over the same distance. Looks well placed from our leading stable.
2nd Pick: PRODIGAL (2)
Faces the starter for the first time in this grade. Has been quite disappointing since his maiden win nearly twelve months ago. Big watch and looks a danger.
3rd Pick: SUMMER WIND (3)
Has been a runner up in four of his last five starts in this grade. Should show plenty of gate speed and a win isn’t far away.
4th Pick: SUPERLATIVE (4)
Drops back in grade and gets our leading jockey in the saddle. His last win came at the mile back in November so could attract plenty of support.
1st Pick: RELENTLESS (1)
Trialed well recently after running a drum last start. Third up and should be ready to fire here, Nunes sticks.
2nd Pick: SONG OF NATURE (5)
Back to the mile which should be a plus. Last start placing doesn’t do the run justice, was only beaten two lengths. Back to suitable race here.
3rd Pick: LANKARAN (3)
Trackwork during the week has been eye catching and looks to be ticking over well. Third up here coming off two luckless runs with no clear running and plenty of small collisions.
4th Pick: SUN POWER (2)
Couldn’t get in last start, put a line through it. Pass mark in recent trial but should be kept safe in race that has fallen away.
1st Pick: SEE YAH (2)
Didn’t handle the one-week backup last start over a shorter distance. Has had a few weeks to recover and proven over this distance with a win to his name two runs ago.
2nd Pick: LIM’S PRIDE (3)
Three of his five career victories have come over this distance. Meets one of the weaker fields he has encountered for some time. Watch any market moves.
3rd Pick: AUSPICIOUS DAY (10)
Finished runner up behind See Yah over this distance last month. Gets in well at the weights and should be finding the lead early.
4th Pick: I’M A CONQUEROR (1)
Was a winner two runs ago in close three-way finish. That form should hold up in this division and a surprise run could be on the cards.
1st Pick: KASSAB (1)
Returned with an impressive victory a few weeks back on the Polytrack over 1000m. Clocked a slick 58.88 and can go on with it.
2nd Pick: BLAZING KID (7)
Produced a tough win up the inside fence last start to fight back and get the win. Rises in weight but still gets in well for a stable who is having a strong season.
3rd Pick: EVEREST (2)
Classy USA bred entire who has had three trials leading into this race. Has shown in recent runs he has ability mixed with some disappointing runs. Watch for any market support first up.
4th Pick: BE YOU (4)
Should be up on the speed and looking a danger when they turn for the judge. Lacks that sharp sprint but can sustain a run and can fill the multiples.
1st Pick: TANGIBLE (7)
Back onto the turf is big plus for this son of Trippi. Look on paper to be one of the better weighted runners in this field. Place chance.
2nd Pick: STRONG N BEST (10)
Continues to raise the bar and one must respect the winning form. A must include in the numbers.
3rd Pick: SO HI CLASS (2)
Ran incredibly well last start for a horse who had no luck in running. Should be at peak fitness for this race, a must include in exotics.
4th Pick: PENNYWISE (1)
Doesn’t have the turf resume that some of these others do however, the trackwork from him during the week has been outstanding leading into this weekend, he seems well.
1st Pick: ALQANTUR (2)
Classy galloper is two from two in his short career. He has an electric turn of foot at the finish. Faces older and more experienced company but has plenty of ability.
2nd Pick: SPEEDY MISSILE (4)
Racing very well this preparation. Last start was huge when coming from well back in the field and clocking a slick final 400 meters. Form has been strong since that race.
3rd Pick: ILLUSTRIOUS (1)
He is proven on the Polytrack as a speedy prospect. Comes onto the turf for the fourth time and from our leading stable must be in contention.
4th Pick: AFTERMATH (10)
Caught the eye behind From The Navy last start where the saddle slipped during the race. Had the inside run and saved ground. Can add value to the multiples.
1st Pick: STARLIGHT (5)
Undefeated track and distance and returns here having not run since January. Looks one of the main players.
2nd Pick: GRAND KOONTA (2)
Another horse showing off an outstanding track and distance resume with three wins and a second from four starts. Has been working his way towards another win running a hole his last two starts.
3rd Pick: KHARISMA (1)
Carries top weight here once again but is afforded the weight because he has been an exciting horse over the last 18 months. His last two starts have been a tad disappointing, but he could certainly atone here with the right run. Keep safe.
4th Pick: SACRED GIFT (4)
One of the more consistent horses in the field who has been racing incredibly well of late. Last start got caught wide, had excuses and still ran in the top three. Recent form cannot go unnoticed.
1st Pick: EAGLE EYE (5)
Third up here and has been a feature day winner in the past. Hakim returns to the saddle for this run and looks one of the major hopes in an open affair.
2nd Pick: SHANG CHI (8)
Smart run last start finishing third behind No More Delay in a classy Novice field. Stepping out to 1400m at the right time in its preparation. No questions on its fitness whatsoever.
3rd Pick: RICVELO (7)
Threw a shoe and had a pretty rough time of it last start. Drop back from a mile to 1400m and looks the likely leader once again in this field.
4th Pick: SACRED JUDGEMENT (1)
Should be up on speed joining Ricvelo for company. Has been running very consistently of late and for that reason, is a must include for trio’s and quartets. Akmazani provides this son of So You Think weight relief yet again.
1st Pick: GOLDEN MONKEY (3)
Produced a demolition job when winning in maiden company last start. Should show plenty of speed and looks a big chance to go back-to-back.
2nd Pick: SURREY HILLS (6)
Won his maiden in great order on the Polytrack back in April. Showed plenty of speed and has since trialed strongly to show he has trained on.
3rd Pick: BINGO MASTER (5)
Broke his maiden over 1400m last start and drops back in distance. This is much tougher but winning form usually carries on in this grade.
4th Pick: SILENT IS GOLD (4)
Faced the starter against older horses and winning from pillar to post. Won’t be as easy to find the front as last start with plenty of speed in this race.
1st Pick: LIM’S LIGHTNING (1)
At the weights, he gets in here incredibly well here. He is the only horse dropping weight from his previous start where he was first up and had excuses. Still ran incredibly well and should be right in this second up.
2nd Pick: LIM’S KOSCIUSZKO (3)
Despite going up in weight and his winning streak coming to an end, his run was eye catching and looks the fittest horse heading into this first group 1 of 2022. Draws well with Danny Beasley engaged to ride.
3rd Pick: HARD TOO THINK (4)
First up run was exactly what we were hoping to see. Looks a horse who is going to improve when he gets out further than a mile but looks in tremendous order to fire here second up with some luck in running.
4th Pick: MINISTER (9)
Until last start, the defending champion hadn’t really impressed at all. Closed off incredibly well in his most recent run and looks to be peaking at the right time to defend his crown.
1st Pick: RED OCEAN (1)
Form is up and down like a yo-yo. His best effort wins this and wins in well, but will we see that from him. Should take a sit of Ironchamp and be chiming in at the right time.
2nd Pick: SAVVY COMMAND (2)
Form in behind King’s Command looks solid enough to figure here. The addition of Nunes only adds to its chances. Big danger.
3rd Pick: SABAH STAR (5)
Hasn’t been putting a foot wrong in recent months. Despite the horror draw, he is a must for exotics.
4th Pick: SKY EYE (10)
Another speed influence in the race but should be camped off the leaders and get a nice run one back the fence. Map horse.
1st Pick: SUPER IMPACT (2)
Having his first run in Singapore for the in form Logan stable. He boasts a sharp three wins over 1400m & 1600m in New Zealand. Looks a nice prospect for better races down the track.
2nd Pick: IN ALL HIS GLORY (6)
Very consistent in his last few starts for our leading trainer. This is his ideal distance and should it rain throughout the day he prefers a yielding track.
3rd Pick: LUCKY IMPERATOR (8)
Hasn’t missed a top four placing in his last five runs. Comes into this at the middle of the ratings and holds two wins over this distance. Big watch.
4th Pick: IRON RULER (1)
Has been allocated topweight for this second division. With good speed on should be settling back in the field and flashing home late.