Singapore Racing – Weekend Review – Siam Blue Vanda Announces Himself

Trainer Michael Clements trained the quinella in Friday night’s Group 2 Stewards’ Cup, though not in the order many punters had predicted.

SIAM BLUE VANDA winning the STEWARDS' CUP (2ND LEG OF SINGAPORE 4-YEAR-OLD CHALLENGE) GROUP 2
SIAM BLUE VANDA winning the STEWARDS' CUP (2ND LEG OF SINGAPORE 4-YEAR-OLD CHALLENGE) GROUP 2 Picture: Singapore Turf Club

Stable star Top Knight was sent out the $1.80 favourite and looked to have his stablemate cold at the top of the straight, only for Siam Blue Vanda ($6.80) to gun him down right on the line.

Having finished second at all three starts this time in, leading jockey Vlad Duric was not taking any chances, making his move at the 600m aboard Top Knight.

Originally settled behind Siam Blue Vanda, Duric took off around the outside and quickly put Siam Blue Vanda in a pocket.

Forcing the latter to then ease off heels, Top Knight looked to have his measure and set out after the leaders.

Hitting the front inside the 200m, Top Knight looked home, only to have Siam Blue Vanda come off his back.

Although stretching his neck late, Top Knight was no match, going down narrowly.

Another heart breaking loss for Top Knight, however nothing can be taken away from the winner, he had his chance to beat him, but Siam Blue Vanda was simply too good on the night.

The son of Echoes Of Heaven has now won five of his last six starts and is clearly on an upward spiral, setting up a thrilling Singapore Derby [1800m] in four weeks time.

The Group 1 feature will be held on April 18, with nothing separating the Clements' pair.

Both rated 105 by Timeform, luck in running could prove the difference.

Some may criticize Duric's ride, feeling he went to early, but in truth it was a fantastic ride, he couldn't have done anything more.

He pocketed his main rival and got the first run, 9/10 that wins you the race.

Unfortunately for Duric and Top Knight's supporters (including myself), it wasn't enough.

Friday night's event was the first time Siam Blue Vanda had beaten home Top Knight in five attempts.

Prior to the Stewards' Cup, 1.5L was the closest Siam Blue Vanda had finished behind Top Knight, quite a turnaround.

In just his second attempt beyond 1400m, Siam Blue Vanda took a big step forward and no reason to think he can't improve again out to 1800m.

Hard to knock Top Knight, he too has always given the impression he would be better beyond a mile ‑ would be very interested to see if Clements had a lean prior to the Derby.

On current evidence, it's hard to suggest there is much in it.

The market had a 40% difference ($1.80 Vs $6.80) between the pair on Friday night, though suspect they start a lot closer in the Derby.

Would still have to mark Top Knight favourite, though very much doubt he starts in the red.

The barrier draw could play a very important role as to who settles in front of the other, a key advantage that could prove all the difference.

Either way, can't wait to see what happens in a months time.

 


Racing and Sports



Kranji

Friday, 20th March 2020

8
21:50
(local)

STEWARDS' CUP (2ND LEG OF SINGAPORE 4-YEAR-OLD CHALLENGE) GROUP 2 (SGG2)

Type: OPEN
SGD $400,000
1600m TURF GOOD
8
21:50
(local)
SGD $400,000
1600m GOOD

STEWARDS' CUP (2ND LEG OF SINGAPORE 4-YEAR-OLD CHALLENGE) GROUP 2 (SGG2)

Type: OPEN
FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 2. SIAM BLUE VANDA (NZ) 4yo G
ECHOES OF HEAVEN (AUS) - I'M A WAG (IRE)
KASIM A'ISISUHAIRI
MICHAEL CLEMENTS
$6.80
57.0kg
PUPETCH RACING STABLE

Sales Information

2nd 1. TOP KNIGHT (AUS) 4yo G
ZOUSTAR (AUS) - NERO CAVALLO (AUS)
VLAD DURIC
MICHAEL CLEMENTS
$1.80
57.0kg
FALCON RACING NO 7 STABLE

Sales Information

3rd 5. ARAMAAYO (AUS) 4yo G
POET'S VOICE (GB) - PERUVIAN (GB)
PATRICK MOLONEY
SHANE DONALD BAERTSCHIGER
$15.40
57.0kg
ARAMCO STABLE
4th 6. ON LINE (NZ) 4yo G
O'REILLY (NZ) - FROCKSTAR (NZ)
R MAIA
MICHAEL CLEMENTS
$10.00
57.0kg

Sales Information

5th 3. REAL SUCCESS (AUS) 4yo G
RESET (AUS) - LA NIKITA (AUS)
ALYSHA COLLETT
MICHAEL CLEMENTS
$61.60
57.0kg
6th 10. VITTORIA PERFETTA (AUS) 4yo G
ZOUSTAR (AUS) - ADMIRING (AUS)
LOUIS-PHILIPPE BEUZELIN
MICHAEL CLEMENTS
$11.20
57.0kg

Sales Information

7th 11. CHURCHILL (AUS) 4yo G
SMART MISSILE (AUS) - DEARNESS (AUS)
RYAN MUNGER
RICARDO LE GRANGE
$24.60
57.0kg
8th 12. ADIPSON (AUS) 4yo G
SO YOU THINK (NZ) - REGLISSE (NZ)
SIMON KOK
STEVEN BURRIDGE
$51.20
57.0kg

Sales Information

9th 9. ELITE INCREDIBLE (ARG) 4yo H
VALID STRIPES (ARG) - MY CHANCE (ARG)
S NOH
CLIFFORD BROWN
$16.20
57.0kg
10th 8. AXEL (NZ) 4yo G
DARCI BRAHMA (NZ) - JOSEPHINES FORTUNE (NZ)
JUAN PAUL VAN DER MERWE
MARK WALKER
$113.40
57.0kg

Sales Information

11th 7. PAX ANIMI (AUS) 4yo G
REBEL RAIDER (AUS) - GEOLOGY (NZ)
MICHAEL RODD
CLIFFORD BROWN
$8.60
57.0kg
12th 4. RIVER RADIANCE (NZ) 4yo G
RIP VAN WINKLE (IRE) - OPTIONS (NZ)
MARC LERNER
ZHAN LUN MOK
$65.00
57.0kg

Sales Information

13th 13. HURRIAN (NZ) 4yo G
SWISS ACE (AUS) - INARA BELLE (NZ)
JOHN POWELL
J LIM
$28.20
57.0kg

Sales Information

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