Grand Koonta Set To Fly

The James Peters trained Grand Koonta was impressive in his maiden preparation in Singapore and appears well placed to make a winning return this evening.

Grand Koonta winning the CLASS 4
Grand Koonta winning the CLASS 4 Picture: Singapore Turf Club

Due to contest the final event, Grand Koonta remains in Class 4 company and while rising 3kg, he is still the one to beat.

Only lightly raced, Grand Koonta began his career in the UK under the care of Clive Cox, winning one of his eight starts.

Not disgraced in Group 2 company as a two-year-old he arrived in Singapore rated 90 by Timeform, though worth noting there is a fair bit of WFA in that figure.

A handy second placing in his Singapore debut, Grand Koonta easily justified his heavy market support ($1.60) at his next start, when winning comfortably over 1200m.

Given a great steer by Daniel Moor, Grand Koonta returned a Timeform rating of 72 and has a fair bit of blue sky ahead of him.

Off the scene for 72 days, Grand Koonta has been given the sole trial in the lead up, finding the line well under Daniel Moor.

Not asked to do much in the straight, he stopped the clock in 1:00.87, fairly slick work over the 1000m.

Leading rider Michael Rodd takes over and expect him to be fairly positive from the wide draw.

When assessing Timeform weight adjusted ratings, Grand Koonta sits well clear and while unlikely to be at his top, he still should prove too good.

Generally these imports improve at their second preparation and as a result, he should have too much in the locker.

The Mark Walker trained Sacred Guru continued his good run of form last start and looms as a major threat with Woodworth sticking aboard.

A winner of two of his 18 starts, he has placed on a further five occasions and like the fact he comes into this on the fresh side (35 days).

Sacred Guru finished second behind Grand Koonta three starts back and now meets him 1kg better off at the weights.

With race fitness on his side, he is expected to make a good race of it.

The Dan Meagher trained Lim's Knight has finished second at his last four starts and is clearly knocking on the door.

Just gunned down late last start, he should look to roll forward from the wide draw and give them all something to gun down.

Of the rest the Leslie Khoo trained Shoot Up High appears the next in line.

Good luck and happy punting.


Racing and Sports



Kranji

Sunday, 12th May 2019

10
17:55
(local)

CLASS 4

Type: RBH44-61
SGD $50,000
1200m TURF GOOD
10
17:55
(local)
SGD $50,000
1200m GOOD

CLASS 4

Type: RBH44-61
FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 1. GRAND KOONTA (IRE) 4yo G
DARK ANGEL (IRE) - WRONG KEY (IRE)
MICHAEL RODD
J PETERS
$2.00
59.0kg
CHINA HORSE CLUB STABLE

Sales Information

2nd 9. LIZAZ (NZ) 7yo G
ALAMOSA (NZ) - GRAPHITE (NZ)
R ISKANDAR
STEPHEN GRAY
$18.40
53.5kg
DAGO STABLE

Sales Information

3rd 6. OXBOW SUN (AUS) 6yo G
ENCOSTA DE LAGO (AUS) - CORNERSOFF (AUS)
KASIM A'ISISUHAIRI
DESMOND KOH
$91.00
57.5kg
CHENG TING KONG

Sales Information

4th 5. LIM'S KNIGHT (AUS) 6yo G
KAPHERO (AUS) - SOLAMINA (AUS)
A SYAHIR
D MEAGHER
$4.60
54.5kg

Sales Information

5th 3. SOUTHERN SPUR (AUS) 5yo G
NORTHERN METEOR (AUS) - SPURCIFIC (AUS)
S NOH
J SAIMEE
$12.40
57.5kg
6th 2. RED SYMPHONY (AUS) 5yo G
MOSHE (AUS) - CAMILLE WITH CLASS (AUS)
BEN THOMPSON
SHANE DONALD BAERTSCHIGER
$12.40
58.5kg
7th 8. TINGLE MARC (NZ) 5yo G
SHOCKING (AUS) - BRANDY STAR (AUS)
T REIHAIZAT
STEVEN BURRIDGE
$17.80
56.0kg

Sales Information

8th 10. LADRONE (NZ) 7yo G
NICCONI (AUS) - BETCHACAN (AUS)
MATTHEW KELLADY
SHANE DONALD BAERTSCHIGER
$61.00
55.0kg

Sales Information

9th 4. SACRED GURU (NZ) 5yo G
SAVABEEL (AUS) - BIRIYANI (IRE)
BENNY WOODWORTH
MARK WALKER
$8.60
58.0kg

Sales Information

10th 12. LARCENY (AUS) 7yo G
TIME THIEF (AUS) - TYCOON TESS (AUS)
I AMIRUL
STEPHEN GRAY
$41.80
52.0kg

Sales Information

11th 11. ACCELERANDO (IRE) 6yo G
HAT TRICK (JPN) - ROCHITTA (USA)
MOHD ZAKI
MOHD YUSOF BIN OTHMAN
$52.60
54.5kg

Sales Information

12th 7. SHOOT UP HIGH (NZ) 5yo G
COATS CHOICE (AUS) - ENDRITA (NZ)
SIMON KOK
L KHOO
$12.60
54.0kg

Sales Information