Te Akau Singapore Friday Preview
14 Sep 2018
Te Akau horses racing at Kranji racecourse in Singapore, where 2015 and 2017 Premiership winning trainer Mark Walker has recorded 36 wins, 48 second and 44 third placings since 1 January – including a Group 1 quinella in the Charity Bowl to add to the season’s two Group 2 victories. He currently lies fourth on the Trainers’ Premiership.
Friday 14 September at Kranji – no racing on Sunday
10.20 p.m. R1 8 Prince Darci (5 g Darci Brahma – Obsession) – MM Firdaus (a1); draws barrier 9 of 12 in the $38,000 Kranji D 1200 metres on the poly track and carries 55.5kgs. He is back in distance here but would be more competitive with a drop in grade to Class 5.
10.50 p.m. R2 9 Lim’s Rebound (3 g O’Reilly – Best Command) – MM Firdaus (a1); will jump from the outside barrier (13) on debut in the $85,000 Restricted Maiden 1200 metres on turf and carries 51.5kgs. The draw makes it difficult and he requires more distance.
11.50 p.m. R4 10 Storm Trooper (7 g Tavistock – Shock) – Hanafi Noorman (a4); two in this event for the stable with the first drawing out at 10 of 12 in the Class 4 1400 metres on turf. Assigned with just 51.5kgs, he has a difficult draw on the Short Course A, which generally has an on-speed bias, but looks super and rates a place chance.
11.50 p.m. R4 11 First Light (5 g Duporth – All Our Chips) – Razali Zawari (a1); the second for Mark Walker in this $60,000 affair draws the other extreme (1) carries 54kgs. He has disappointed of late and needs to drop a grade to Class 5.
12.50 a.m. R6 12 Lim’s Reform (7 g O’Reilly – Pretty) – Hanafi Noorman (a4); another race with two stable reps, the $80,000 Class 3 1200 metres on turf. The first runner draws the extreme outside (14) and carries 50kgs. He also will be more competitive when he drops back to Class 4.
12.50 a.m. R6 13 Ben Gunn (4 g Tagula – Henrietta Mews) – MM Firdaus (a1); a better draw for the second stable starter (4 of 14) in the Class 3 1200. Allocated 51kgs, he too requires a drop in grade to Class 4 to be more competitive.
1.50 a.m. R8 2 Ancient Warrior (6 g Iffraaj – Nuance) – Vlad Duric; three runners for Mark Walker in the $80,000 Class 3 1200 metres on turf. The first of the trio draws the widest gate (14) and carries 56kgs. Back in distance, he requires a drop in grade to Class 4.
1.50 a.m. R8 3 Justice Glory (4 m Fastnet Rock – Tavarnelle) – Ryan Curatolo; the second of the three stable reps will break from gate nine and also has 56kgs on his back. The blinkers go on to start her second preparation and she presents as a place chance.
1.50 a.m. R8 12 Yulong Fire (3 g Red Jazz – Anklesocks) – Glen Boss; the final of the trio has the international rider aboard – they will jump from gate eight with 53.5kgs assigned. He is looking for a return to Class 4.
2.20 a.m. R9 1 Black Quail (5 g Coats Choice – Sefidi) – Razali Zawari (a1); two runners in the last to complete the night, the $45,000 Class 4 1400 metres on turf . Jumping from barrier eight of 13, this 5YO Kiwi bred carries 56kgs and rates a good each way chance.
2.20 a.m. R9 9 Alamosa Express (5 g Alamosa – Dane Whisper) – CK Ng (a3); the second runner draws barrier nine in the $45,000 event and carries 51kgs. He has disappointed of late and requires a drop in grade to Class 5.