Singapore Racing – Weekend Review – Hard Too Think Lands QEII Cup

The scratching of Lim’s Lightning robbed Saturday’s QEII Cup of its headline act however Singapore Derby winner Hard Too Think was able to take full advantage.

Jockey Marc Lerner and trainer Stephen Gray pose for the camera after Hard Too Think's triumph.
Jockey Marc Lerner and trainer Stephen Gray pose for the camera after Hard Too Think's triumph. Picture: Singapore Turf Club

Lining up at just his second start since his Derby triumph the jury was somewhat out on the son of All Too Hard however he was quick to silence the doubters.

Having already beaten both Big Hearted/Mr Malek in the Derby, Hard Too Think was sent out the second market elect, priced a lot closer to Big Hearted and ahead of Mr Malek.

In the Derby the market closed with Mr Malek at even money and Big Hearted at $2.20, just a lazy 95% of the market.

Hard To Think was sent out at 7-1, a short SP given he was stepping up from Class 3 company, a mark which pre-race was well below that of his two main rivals.

Rated 74 by Timeform he was conceding more than the 30 pounds (~12.5L) but arguably had the best set up having already had the run at 1800m.

The lack of other viable chances would have contributed to his SP but when assessing their raw speed figures there wasn't that much between them.

Easy after the ball and Hard Too Think simply out-stayed them in the Derby and again was too good at Kranji on Saturday.

Only relatively lightly raced, Hard Too Think has come a long way in a short period and confirmed his Derby success was no fluke.

Rated 105 by Timeform following his victory in the Derby, he was able to repeat that level of performance when beating Katak by half a length on Saturday.

Unbeaten in five starts in South Africa, Katak came to Singapore with plenty of promise though had failed to show up in two previous attempts.

Rated 103 by Timeform, Katak improved that mark on Saturday returning a Timeform rating of 104.

A great sign not only for Ricardo Le Grange and Katak's connections but also for the handicapper as it helps confirm the level of the QEII Cup.

Katak had previously run up to a similar level in South Africa and was much better suited stepping up in trip on Saturday.

The Derby rating also looked a touch high at the time but Katak helps confirm that as well.

The Singapore Gold Cup is next on the agenda for Hard Too Think and while creeping up in the weights, he still looks the horse to beat.


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Kranji

Saturday, 16th October 2021

11
17:00
(local)

QUEEN ELIZABETH II CUP GROUP 1 (SGG1)

Age: 3yo Type: OPEN
SGD $300,000
1800m TURF GOOD
11
17:00
(local)
SGD $300,000
1800m GOOD

QUEEN ELIZABETH II CUP GROUP 1 (SGG1)

Age: 3yo Type: OPEN
FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 9. HARD TOO THINK (AUS) 5yo G
ALL TOO HARD (AUS) - MNEMONIC (AUS)
MARC LERNER
STEPHEN GRAY
$5.20
58.0kg
STEPHEN GRAY RACING STABLE

Sales Information

2nd 7. KATAK (SAF) 5yo H
POTALA PALACE (SAF) - SAPPHIRE SILK (SAF)
MATTHEW KELLADY
RICARDO LE GRANGE
$16.60
58.0kg
VASCO STABLE

Sales Information

3rd 10. SO HI CLASS (IRE) 5yo G
DARK ANGEL (IRE) - TOP TRAIL (USA)
K HAKIM
MICHAEL CLEMENTS
$12.40
58.0kg
FAHAD IBRAHIM KHALID AL-RASHID

Sales Information

4th 5. SACRED CROIX (NZ) 7yo G
SAVABEEL (AUS) - CROIX DU SUD (NZ)
RIZUAN SHAFIQ
MARK WALKER
$10.20
58.0kg

Sales Information

5th 11. PROSPEROUS RETURN (AUS) 4yo G
FIGHTING SUN (AUS) - ROSE SYRAH (AUS)
S SHAFRIZAL
MICHAEL CLEMENTS
$13.20
57.0kg

Sales Information

6th 6. BIG HEARTED (AUS) 5yo G
HALLOWED CROWN (AUS) - SECRET SELECTION (AUS)
SIMON KOK
MICHAEL CLEMENTS
$4.20
58.0kg

Sales Information

7th 8. OCEAN CROSSING (AUS) 6yo G
ALL TOO HARD (AUS) - OCEAN BRIDGE (AUS)
OSCAR CHAVEZ
MICHAEL CLEMENTS
$37.60
58.0kg

Sales Information

8th 3. TOP KNIGHT (AUS) 6yo G
ZOUSTAR (AUS) - NERO CAVALLO (AUS)
LOUIS-PHILIPPE BEUZELIN
MICHAEL CLEMENTS
$3.80
58.0kg

Sales Information

9th 2. MINISTER (USA) 5yo G
STREET SENSE (USA) - LIGHT AND VARIABLE (USA)
KASIM A'ISISUHAIRI
DONNA LOGAN
$7.60
58.0kg

Sales Information

10th 4. MR MALEK (NZ) 5yo G
SWISS ACE (AUS) - TINA (NZ)
C C WONG
STEVEN BURRIDGE
$10.60
58.0kg
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