Grand Koonta To Bring Up Three Straight

The James Peters trained Grand Koonta returned in a big way last start and appears poised to bring up the hat-trick in the ninth event at Kranji this evening.

grand koonta winning the class 4
Grand Koonta winning the CLASS 4 Picture: Singapore Turf Club

Facing his stiffest test since arriving in Singapore, Grand Koonta steps up to Class 3 company, but is expected to take it all in his stride.

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 proceeded to take a good step forward last start, winning easily by 3L.

Ridden by Michael Rodd, Grand Koonta was always in firm control after landing in the 1X1.

Let trip inside the 300m, he put them away in a few strides and returned a Timeform rating of 76, with a hint of more to come.

Given 34 days between runs, Grand Koonta has since been back to the trials and looked in fine fettle, coasting to the line under Michael Rodd.

They ran decent time and he appears in good order for this assignment.

When assessing Timeform weight adjusted ratings, Grand Koonta sits clear and with further improvement expected, he should prove too good.

The Cliff Brown trained Threeandfourpence creates plenty of interest, stepping out for his Singapore debut.

Formerly trained by Aidan O'Brien, he placed in four of 10 attempts, including two wins.

Rated 111 at his peak by Timeform, he is a serious horse, though unlikely to be at his top over 1200m.

Nonetheless, he has won a trial in good style in the lead up and if forward enough, expect him to make his presence felt.

The Shane Baertschiger trained Paparazzi can mix his form, but is more than capable and has to be kept safe.

Often a sectional star due to his racing pattern (backmarker), Paparazzi closed off well behind Biraz last start and while likely to get back again, he should be strong late.

Of the rest the Michael Clements trained Safeer appears the next in line with "Smoking" Joe Azzopardi aboard.

Good luck and happy punting.


Racing and Sports



Kranji

Saturday, 15th June 2019

9
19:10
(local)

CLASS 3

Type: RBH57-74
SGD $70,000
1200m TURF GOOD
9
19:10
(local)
SGD $70,000
1200m GOOD

CLASS 3

Type: RBH57-74
FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 11. SAFEER (NZ) 4yo G
SAVABEEL (AUS) - AHNA (NZ)
J AZZOPARDI
MICHAEL CLEMENTS
$12.80
54.5kg
AL-ARABIYA STABLE

Sales Information

2nd 4. GRAND KOONTA (IRE) 4yo G
DARK ANGEL (IRE) - WRONG KEY (IRE)
MICHAEL RODD
J PETERS
$1.60
57.0kg
CHINA HORSE CLUB STABLE

Sales Information

3rd 3. DRAGON DUKE (NZ) 5yo G
BACHELOR DUKE (USA) - JUSTAWINS (NZ)
BENNY WOODWORTH
D MEAGHER
$5.40
58.0kg
DANIEL FRANCIS MEAGHER

Sales Information

4th 6. NATIONALITY (AUS) 4yo G
COMMANDS (AUS) - MILLIYET (NZ)
R ISKANDAR
LEE FREEDMAN
$36.40
53.5kg

Sales Information

5th 9. THREEANDFOURPENCE (USA) 4yo G
WAR FRONT (USA) - LISCANNA (IRE)
BEN THOMPSON
CLIFFORD BROWN
$10.80
55.5kg

Sales Information

6th 8. GUILTY PLEASURES (AUS) 7yo G
NORTHERN METEOR (AUS) - CONCLUDE (AUS)
MATTHEW KELLADY
SHANE DONALD BAERTSCHIGER
$89.00
55.5kg

Sales Information

7th 12. STAR KNIGHT (NZ) 4yo G
BULLBARS (AUS) - BLANCPAIN (NZ)
R CLARK
LETICIA DRAGON
$43.80
53.5kg

Sales Information

8th 7. CAORUNN (NZ) 5yo G
SHOWCASING (GB) - MOLLY'S DOLLY (NZ)
JOHN POWELL
SHANE DONALD BAERTSCHIGER
$15.00
56.0kg

Sales Information

9th 5. MR HOOPER (NZ) 3yo G
SHAMEXPRESS (NZ) - KATE'S TALENT (NZ)
A SYAHIR
J PETERS
$28.00
53.5kg

Sales Information

10th 2. PAPARAZZI (AUS) 5yo G
SNITZEL (AUS) - ADMIRELLE (AUS)
SIMON KOK
SHANE DONALD BAERTSCHIGER
$12.40
56.0kg

Sales Information

11th 1. AL GREEN (ARG) 6yo G
EXCHANGE RATE (USA) - ALL NIGHT DYNA (USA)
T KRISNA
STEPHEN GRAY
$69.80
57.0kg
12th 10. ABSOLUTE MIRACLE (AUS) 6yo G
STRATEGIC MANEUVER (AUS) - DREAMS AND DESIRES (AUS)
CALLAN MURRAY
BRUCE MARSH
$123.00
54.5kg
13th 13. OCULIST (AUS) 5yo G
AL MAHER (AUS) - INTRALASE (AUS)
KASIM A'ISISUHAIRI
L KHOO
$69.80
54.0kg