Singapore Kranji Race Preview – Sunday, 2nd August 2020

Singapore racing best bets, race analysis looking at the full Singapore card Sunday, 2nd August 2020 with selections & information on all the contenders.

Racecourse : Kranji
Racecourse : Kranji Picture: Neville Hopwood/Getty Images


1st Pick: PERFORMANTE (2) - Hard to knock on recent efforts. Isn't ideally drawn but may find the best part of the track. Capable of contesting the business end with even luck.
2nd Pick: EL PRIMERO (10) - Showed his strength last start getting up in the shadows of the post. This assignment is harder but must be respected yet again with a repeat dose.
3rd Pick: SPORTSCASTER (11) - Would prefer stretching out in journey but returned in good order last start. The quick back-up from this stable must be respected.
4th Pick: MOWGLI (7) - Appears to still be a work in progress but has the ability to win a race of this nature. Worth including for the minor end.


1st Pick: COMMODORE (5) - Beat a small field of four in a barrier trial, but oozed an impression of ease and strength when he skipped away to a five-and-a-half length win. Vlad Duric seems to have a sound opinion of him after that trial as he is staying on. Include in calculations.
2nd Pick: MR SHOWMAN (3) - Beat I Am Sacred, another newcomer here, by seven lengths in a barrier trial on July 21. On that performance, he will have to figure among the main players in this.
3rd Pick: I AM SACRED (1) - Hard to get past him on the basis of his easy barrier trial win on Tuesday. Barrier No 2 can only enhance his chances further. Go close.
4th Pick: GOLD SPIRIT (7) - Improved greatly on his debut run second-up. Won his two barrier trials this term. Has drawn an alley. Will take some beating if he gets the run of the race.


1st Pick: CROWN GIFT (6) - Narrowly beaten last start and has pleased on the training tracks since. Needs the right breaks from the draw but must be respected with a repeat dose.
2nd Pick: PROOF PERFECT (1) - Performed well on debut. Will take plenty of benefit from that experience and finds conditions to suit here with the two-kilogramme claim. Major player.
3rd Pick: DIAMOND RING (10) - Handy performer who has developed a respectable record in a short career. Will roll forward with the lightweight and will take beating with the race run to suit.
4th Pick: STAR EMPIRE (5) - Will be some sort of effort to go back-to-back but comes out of a strong enough formline, so there's no reason why he couldn't. The booking of Vlad Duric is a key one.


1st Pick: MACEO (9) - Looked to have the race in his keeping on debut after leading for most of the way. He was, however, beaten fair and square by The Brotherhood. The switch to turf might help. Can make amends.
2nd Pick: THE MAREEBA MANGO (1) - Debutant who won the last of his two barrier trials with consummate ease. Can tear along a fair bit in front, but from barrier No 16, he has the task ahead to replicate the frontrunning tactics here. Still looks a nice sort and a forward debut is on the cards.
3rd Pick: IN ALL HIS GLORY (3) - Three placings in as many starts. Such a record would be most welcomed by connections, but probably better was expected. The booking of Marc Lerner can only be a positive. Keep safe.
4th Pick: HARD TOO THINK (8) - Looks like the most forward of three Stephen Gray newcomers. Was all poised to hit the ground running with one second and a barrier trial win, but racing came to a halt. Showed he had not lost any of that forwardness with two barrier trial wins. Worth a thought from the nice alley.


1st Pick: LEATHERHEAD (8) - Has proven a tough horse to win with so far here in Singapore, but has the ability and Ricardo Le Grange has left nothing to chance with three winning trials prior to this start. Leading chance in this.
2nd Pick: SO HI CLASS (3) - A good third behind stablemate Implement when last seen in action and has had a couple of trials to prepare for this task. He is five points higher than his last success and will handle conditions fine and is a must for the frame.
3rd Pick: MATSURIBAYASHI (4) - Stout stayer and will be finishing off best when one or two others have cried enough.
4th Pick: GOLAZO (1) - A grade dropper here and although a little higher than his last winning mark, he has plenty of back class and judged on old form, he can run a nice race now back in Class 4.


1st Pick: LIM'S UNIQUE (7) - Will derive heaps of benefit from his first race back on July 11. Didn't threaten the winner The Brotherhood but didn't finish far off. Showed he can reel off good final sectionals in some of his races. Can make headway here, especially on turf.
2nd Pick: ST ALWYN (5) - Has experience on his side and has performed creditably in most of his races. The outermost alley unfortunately puts a huge dampener on him breaking his maiden tag in this, but with Vlad Duric doing the steering, he may find a way out.
3rd Pick: LUCKY IMPERATOR (4) - Newcomer who has done nothing wrong in his barrier trials. Might need the run on debut, but is one who can take some following at next endeavours.
4th Pick: KHAN (1) - Argentinian-bred who showed some pace on debut but knocked up in the home straight. Appears to have tightened up during the break. Will begin from a handy draw, which may see him enjoy a good trailing position. If he goes good on grass, he has an outside chance.


1st Pick: ON LINE (2) - A fast finishing fourth in the Stewards' Cup behind stablemate Siam Blue Vanda (runs in Class 1) when last seen and has caught the eye in a recent trial behind last Sunday's winner Churchill. He has a nice blend of both speed and stamina beyond this 1400m distance and still has a lot more to offer. One to follow.
2nd Pick: STRONG N POWERFUL (8) - Did a lot wrong and still managed to win last time out in March. He has won his latest trial and given he is only a 3yo, there surely will be ample improvement still to come from this son of Golden Archer. The stable of Leticia Dragon are starting to hit form and the runners from the stable should be kept on side going forward.
3rd Pick: VITTORIA PERFETTA (11) - Winner of two trials recently. This talented galloper from the Michael Clements stable has always shaped like a very nice horse and the ideal trip has been proven to be the mile at this stage and although clearly in good order at the trials, he might find a couple too sharp. Place chance.
4th Pick: PAX ANIMI (7) - The run in the Stewards' Cup must be forgotten and the form to judge him on is the good performances prior to that night in March. This is an ultra-competitive heat, but Pax Animi might be the way to go for value shoppers.


1st Pick: SUN ELIZABETH (2) - Nearing a win. The booking of Marc Lerner again is a key one and finds conditions to suit. Expect a bold showing on best efforts.
2nd Pick: NOVA FACTOR (3) - Showed improvement last start and would have taken benefit from the enforced spell. Open to improvement so don't ignore.
3rd Pick: AMAZING CHOICE (1) - Returned in good order first-up. Returns to the races on the quick back-up which must be respected. In the mix.
4th Pick: FREE FALLIN' (13) - First emergency. Has returned a better horse this preparation and is capable of contending if he gains entry. Keep safe.


1st Pick: WATER ROCKET (2) - Consistent performer who is well credentialled for this affair. Has trialled well leading into this, so will take a tonne of beating. The stable is flying.
2nd Pick: THE WILD BUNCH (6) - Handy performer who has developed a respectable record. Would've appreciated the spell and will be a much improved horse this campaign. Major player.
3rd Pick: MY BIG BOSS (5) - Was gallant in defeat last start. Consistency must count for something in a race of this nature, so must be considered once again. In the mix.
4th Pick: EXDREAM (1) - On debut in Singapore. Brings respectable credentials to this affair, so keep safe. Monitor market/parade.


1st Pick: BIG HEARTED (11) - Only once out of the first two and that was when a fast-finishing fifth in the Group 2 Aushorse Golden Horseshoe. Still showing some signs of inexperience even when winning, the reports of this Falcon Racing-owned horse have always been 'glowing' and the ceiling of his ability has nowhere near been reached just yet. A Group winner in the making.
2nd Pick: MINISTER (3) - Did not take too long to make his presence felt here at Kranji with a good Polytrack win at the end of March under Michael Rodd. Three trials since June 24 would have left him cherry ripe for this return to action and with some handy form under his belt back in the UK, he has some big targets and if fulfilling those, he should and can go close here.
3rd Pick: BEAU GESTE (6) - Race-fit having run so well in defeat to Churchill last week. That fact that connections are happy to run again quickly suggests he has come out of that race well and although slightly better over a little bit shorter, he can go well at this trip.
4th Pick: DESTROYER ECLIPSE (1) - A very versatile sort who always seems to run his race. He has some good form to his name and once again, a bold display can be expected. Each-way player.


1st Pick: MISTER DYNAMO (9) - Knocking on the door. Let down too late last start. Fast pace will suit. Probably needs slightly more ground but if he gets the right breaks, he should be right in the mix.
2nd Pick: ASIA SPIRIT (1) - Two wins on the board in his grade. Has early toe and may try and run off their feet from the 400m. Big say but final rank will depend how soon the winning post arrives.
3rd Pick: ELITE SAINT (8) - Impressive winner before the break. Has been trialling like a bomb. Not exactly a model of consistency, but when on song, he can account for this lot. Low draw is a bonus.
4th Pick: COMING UP (6) - Deserves another look. Had a wind op after his last start when he also returned lame. Seemed to have more get-up and go in trackwork. Won't surprise if he shows a form turnaround first-up.


1st Pick: TOP KNIGHT (8) - Last year's Singapore Guineas winner and a real class act on his day. Only just touched off in his last three starts, he has some excellent form in the book and although beaten by Siam Blue Vanda when they last met, Top Knight can turn that form around this time in and the late work in a recent trial would have him spot-on for this return to action.
2nd Pick: SIAM BLUE VANDA (7) - Has always promised a lot and certainly delivered in the Group 2 Stewards' Cup back in March when beating stablemate Top Knight. He would possibly need to go to another level still, but that is highly likely given the upward trajectory he seems to be on. Recent trials have been pleasing to the eye and should rank highly on any shortlist here.
3rd Pick: MR CLINT (1) - The run of this two-time Group 1 winner was rather unexpected last time out in the race won by Countofmontecristo but given his ability, not a total shock. Better suited to a good bit further than the 1200m trip last time, this distance is better still, but this is a particularly good race and the top weight will not be straightforward to win with. A class act and should give another bold showing here.
4th Pick: KING LOUIS (9) - A Group 3 winner and thrice placed at the highest level. The Ricardo Le Grange barn are in very good form at the moment and if this horse is to be judged on his best form, he has to be a solid hope to finish close-up at the business end and he could offer up some value in this hotly-contested race.


1st Pick: IRON RULER (10) - Not the easiest of horses to deal with by all accounts, but does have stacks of natural talent. Two winning trials this July have looked impressive and at the most recent, he showed a good turn of foot late to land the trial and is something that could prove key in the finish of this race. Nice horse and should go very close. Respect.
2nd Pick: MADE IN RUSSIA (2) - The run back in early March behind Irving Lipschitz was very good off this mark of 66 and in a race that has an open look to it, he is one of the more likely winners from a powerful stable. A must-include.
3rd Pick: SHEPHERD'S HYMN (7) - The form of his Restricted Maiden win is nothing to write home about, but he is improving all the while and given he hails from the stable he does, he commands plenty of respect and the thought is he can continue to progress nicely.
4th Pick: GLOBAL KID (3) - An eye-catching trial when closing off strongly would have this South American-bred horse spot-on for this and is off a mark that he should get very competitive off. Place claims.


1st Pick: FIELD MARSHAL (7) - Lightly-raced and has the ability to progress beyond this grade. Returns to the track/distance where his last win came so that must be a positive. Commands respect with even luck.
2nd Pick: CHALAZA (4) - Nearing a win. May get to the best part of the track late in the day from the wide draw, so don't dismiss. Well handicapped and looks primed to be competitive.
3rd Pick: HADEER (5) - Performed well on debut. Will strip fitter for this assignment second-up and will appreciate the marginal rise in journey. Major player with a repeat dose.
4th Pick: OVERCOMING (9) - Has been consistent as of late. Gets in with a light weight and is well drawn to perform once again. One to include for the wider exotics.

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