Singapore Racing - Weekend Review - 31st May and 1st June 2019

There wasn't a great deal going on in Singapore last weekend, though the Leticia Dragon trained debutant Surpass Natural certainly caught the eye on Friday night.

Lining up in the second event, Surpass Natural lived up to his solid trial form when far too good, leading throughout over 1000m.

Ridden by John Powell, Surpass Natural began fairly well from the inside draw, before mustering good-speed to rail through and take up the running.

Surpass Natural winning the RESTRICTED MAIDEN
Surpass Natural winning the RESTRICTED MAIDEN Picture: Singapore Turf Club

Recording 24.01 seconds for the first 400m, Surpass Natural was certainly rolling and gradually increased his margin coming into the straight.

Displaying a good turn of speed, Surpass Natural quickly dropped his rivals inside the 300m, putting a gap on them.

Fellow debutant River Radiance found the line well down the outside to run him to a length, but Surpass Natural was always in firm control.

Stopping the clock at 58.25 seconds, Surpass Natural was close to 4L faster than Class 3 winner Fulife King in race seven.

Adding to that his final 600m was also well inside that of Fulife King, with the quinella running the fastest closing splits of the meeting.

Always have to be a shade wary of 1000m form, however you won't see a more impressive debut.

Rated 75+ by Timeform, there certainly looks to be more to come and being by Elvstroem you would suspect he will get over further.

These thoughts were also echoed by Powell post-race.

“He’s got ability, but he still doesn’t know what he’s doing,” Powell said.

“There’s more improvement to come out of him. The way he quickened, I think he’ll be better over more ground.

“I didn’t know much about the field, except for Mr Alfonso who was the horse to beat. But Leticia [Dragon] told me if he didn’t win by three lengths, she’d be disappointed, so full credit to her.”

Second placegetter River Radiance is also a must follow, his closing splits were very impressive and he is just nailed on to win a maiden at his next start.


A six pound sectional mark up, he ran the fastest L800m, 600m, 400m and 200m of the meeting - he is loaded with talent!

Interesting to see whether they keep him at 1000m for his next start, but either way I suggest he will be winning.

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