Singapore’s International races this Sunday-& those with chances?

Singapore races Sunday– valuable, significant, and great entertainment as well!

Turf Belles -a very pleasant distraction!

When I was offered the chance to head off to Singapore for their International meeting this weekend coming I am happy to admit I jumped at the chance – the Singapore Turf Club certainly know how to put on a show, backed up by some top quality action – what more can you ask for (oh and the Turf bells competition is an interesting attraction I assure you!).

Sadly, I do feel that the British media can sometimes shun so called “foreign” racing, but we live in an ever shrinking world and with their massive prize money, European challengers are becoming more and more tempted to make the long journey to Asia looking to bring back some of the spoils, and this year is no exception.

Krisflyer Sprint.

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Lucky Nine winning the sprint last year – but can he double up?

Six furlongs and close to half a million pounds in prize money sums up this little Group One dash which is also part of the Global Sprint Challenge, with Wiltshire trainer Jonathan Geake represented by Medicean Man and Ireland sending last year’s fourth Balmont Mast back in to the fray – though I have to be honest and say it will be some surprise if they get involved at the business end in a high class renewal.  The form book clearly points to Sterling City who won the Golden Shaheen at Meydan (Dubai) with a bit in hand, form that looks way better than anything else on offer here. Last year the race was won by Lucky Nine who is the favourite to double up this year, primarily because of his better draw but I personally feel that John Moore’s Hong Kong raider can overcome his wide draw if he gets the run of the race, so it’s Sterling City for me.

Singapore Airlines International Cup.

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Mull Of Killough working on the track – he could be our best each way chance but what do i know?

 $3,000,000 or about £1,500,000 awaits the winner of this mile and a quarter Group One, which has unsurprisingly attracted a quality field yet again, including one American raider in the shape of Si Sage (who is ex French to be fair), as well as Dubai based Limario, the English duo of Side Glance (Andrew Balding) and Mull Of Killough (Jane Chapple-Hyam), plus French runner Smoking Sun, though I doubt any are good enough to take the first prize spoils (famous last words). The temperature and humidity must surely play their part in determining a horse’s performance, which is why I am pretty sure that we can create a realistic short list to work with based on conditions plus form. Military Attack did not get the best of the draw by any stretch in the ten stall when even trainer John Moore, who is notoriously bullish, struggled to hide his disappointment. He is still the class act in the field without a doubt but has also been a little awkward in his work (as if he is bored or has had enough), which has to be seen as another negative. 11/8 is hardly value for last year’s winner under such circumstances though I freely admit, he could and should turn it on for race night when it really counts, in which case he is still the likeliest winner.  Sole Japanese raider Tokei Halo was originally of interest but is poorly drawn in the nine stall but could be an each way consideration, ditto Smoking Sun for the French who can never be underestimated and have pulled off shocks here before (and I was out drinking with his groom and workrider last night so admit to being biased). Word here is that Johnny Guitar is working well and there are worse 40/1 shots you could consider, but what about the British raiders? Side Glance seems sure to run his usual consistent race for Andrew Balding and should be in the front five from his draw, yet I still get the feeling Mull Of Killough could be our best (if slim) chance. Jane Chapple-Hyam trains the now eight year old who was fifth here last year, and with Aussie rider Damien Oliver in the saddle an eye catching booking (Aussie jockey, Aussie born trainer), I may well back him to small stakes each way at his current odds of around the 12/1 mark, along with a saver/main bet on the jolly.

Conclusions:

Before I headed out here I had it all sussed out – two win singles and a win double on Sterling City in the sprint and Military Attack in the Cup – but the draw has made me a whole lot less confident and I feel obliged to change my bets. I will still place them as mentioned but to reduced stakes (I can hardly walk home or thumb a lift if it all goes wrong), and add a little patriotic each way on England’s Mull Of Killough to the mix, though be fully aware, the confidence level here is only hovering just above the zero mark! Bottom line is, we have two very classy races at an amazing and beautiful race course from a Country that could hardly be any more hospitable BUT they still look mighty difficult to call – why not join me next year and see exactly what I mean?

Sean Trivass would like to thank the Singapore Turf Club for their hospitality and assistance.

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