Countofmontecristo Set For Overdue Group 1 Win

The Mark Walker trained Countofmontecristo is one of the best horses in Singapore and he gets his chance to confirm that in Saturday's Group 1 Raffles Cup.

COUNTOFMONTECRISTO
COUNTOFMONTECRISTO Picture: Singapore Turf Club

An impressive winner fresh Countofmontecristo has been game in defeat at his next two starts and should be right at his peak racing fourth up.

He did finish behind both Aramaayo and Top Knight in the Kranji Mile, but was simply too close to a hot speed there.

Drawn to get a soft run this time, he looks to receive all the favours and on best form, he rates top.

Key jockey switch as well with Louis-Philippe Beuzelin back aboard, he has won two of three attempts.

Like him kept fresh (28 days) and he has placed in six of 10 attempts over the mile.

From 13 attempts in Group 1 company, he has placed in five and is certainly overdue for a win.

The Michael Clements trained Top Knight won the Derby narrowly last start and only looks to have to repeat that level of performance to be right in the finish again.

Sets up well off that dropping back to the mile and the wide draw keeps him out of trouble.

His form at the mile is elite, he just needs even luck in running and he looms as a major threat.

The Shane Baertschiger trained Aramaayo disappointed in the Derby last start, but is clearly better than that and is worth another chance.

Since kept fresh (35 days), he has trialled well in the lead up and a return to his best form, should see him right in the finish.

Really not sure what happened last start, but trust Baertschiger to get him right.

Of the rest the Lee Freedman trained Minister appears the next in line.

Wasn't disgraced behind Top Knight two back in the Derby and he should adopt a forward position from the inside draw.

Has won four of five over this trip and he is expected to give a bit of cheek out in front.

Good luck and happy punting.


Racing and Sports



Kranji

Saturday, 10th October 2020

10
16:30
(local)

RAFFLES CUP 1ST LEG OF TRIPLE CROWN SERIES GROUP 1 (SGG1)

Age: 3yo and up Type: OPEN
SGD $400,000
1600m TURF GOOD
10
16:30
(local)
SGD $400,000
1600m GOOD

RAFFLES CUP 1ST LEG OF TRIPLE CROWN SERIES GROUP 1 (SGG1)

Age: 3yo and up Type: OPEN
FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 4. ARAMAAYO (AUS) 5yo G
POET'S VOICE (GB) - PERUVIAN (GB)
R MAIA
SHANE DONALD BAERTSCHIGER
$5.60
58.0kg
ARAMCO STABLE
2nd 5. SUN MARSHAL (AUS) 6yo G
SEPOY (AUS) - MYSTERIOUS LIGHT (AUS)
RYAN MUNGER
LEE FREEDMAN
$22.20
58.0kg
SUN BLOODSTOCK RACING STABLE

Sales Information

3rd 1. COUNTOFMONTECRISTO (NZ) 7yo G
ECHOES OF HEAVEN (AUS) - REPLICATE (NZ)
LOUIS-PHILIPPE BEUZELIN
MARK WALKER
$2.80
58.0kg
JOE GIOVANNI SARJEET SINGH

Sales Information

4th 8. MINISTER (USA) 4yo G
STREET SENSE (USA) - LIGHT AND VARIABLE (USA)
SIMON KOK
LEE FREEDMAN
$8.80
58.0kg

Sales Information

5th 10. LOYALTY MAN (AUS) 8yo G
FASTNET ROCK (AUS) - IMPERIAL BEAUTY (USA)
I AZHAR
LEE FREEDMAN
$57.60
58.0kg

Sales Information

6th 12. SAFEER (NZ) 6yo G
SAVABEEL (AUS) - AHNA (NZ)
BENNY WOODWORTH
MICHAEL CLEMENTS
$42.60
58.0kg

Sales Information

7th 7. GOLD STRIKE (IRE) 5yo G
IFFRAAJ (GB) - BURREN ROSE (USA)
CC WONG
CLIFFORD BROWN
$68.40
58.0kg

Sales Information

8th 13. TRUMPY (ARG) 5yo G
LIZARD ISLAND (USA) - EMBERLY (ARG)
JOSEPH SEE
CLIFFORD BROWN
$85.40
58.0kg
9th 3. TOP KNIGHT (AUS) 5yo G
ZOUSTAR (AUS) - NERO CAVALLO (AUS)
VLAD DURIC
MICHAEL CLEMENTS
$2.40
58.0kg

Sales Information

10th 6. SIAM BLUE VANDA (NZ) 5yo G
ECHOES OF HEAVEN (AUS) - I'M A WAG (IRE)
JUAN PAUL VAN DER MERWE
MICHAEL CLEMENTS
$23.40
58.0kg

Sales Information

11th 14. LIM'S SAMURAI (JPN) 7yo G
SAMURAI HEART (JPN) - TOHO QUEEN (JPN)
T REIHAIZAT
D MEAGHER
$175.20
58.0kg
12th 15. MAKANANI (JPN) 6yo M
BLACK TIDE (JPN) - VIELLE SENLIS (USA)
MARC LERNER
HIDEYUKI TAKAOKA
$36.60
56.5kg
13th 2. MR CLINT (NZ) 6yo G
POWER (GB) - VICTORIA BELLE (NZ)
R ISKANDAR
LEE FREEDMAN
$53.00
58.0kg

Sales Information

14th 11. EXCEED NATURAL (NZ) 7yo G
RED GIANT (USA) - LOTTA LUV (NZ)
MATTHEW KELLADY
LETICIA DRAGON
$148.20
58.0kg

Sales Information

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