A fairly active morning at Kranji hours before one of their big meetings of the year, featuring the Aushorse Golden Horseshoe and Singapore Guineas. The big weekend is obviously on Sunday and our handicapping of both races will be posted on Saturday.
Lucky Nine, as is his forte, was out first on Friday morning at 4:50 A.M. for some basic work while Sterling City emerged at 5:00 A.M. and galloped over the grass course. We caught his 800-metre mid-speed work in 56 seconds.
Joao Moreira, who rides both Sterling City and Military Attack on Sunday, was up on both this morning in some mild work on the Kranji turf course with the rail only slightly extended as there is live racing this evening.
Si Sage and Smoking Sun galloped the grass course together in steady 200-metre increments of 15 seconds each. Trainer Pascal Bary, who won the Singapore Airlines International Cup in 2009 with Gloria De Campeao, was on hand to oversee the work.
Balmont Mast appeared just as he ever was, a handful around the Polytrack and getting faster as he progressed through the end of his work and around the first turn. Watching him work, one finds themselves wondering just how he ever makes it around on race day, but he’s been a gallant traveler the last few years and rarely puts in a really bad effort.
Mull of Killough moved to the Polytrack after spending several days on the back track. Our watch caught him in progressively quicker 200-metre sectionals, getting 600m in 39.4 seconds.
The top two from last year’s SIA Cup came out together as Dan Excel and Military Attack galloped easy around the grass course. They went the final 600 in 39.8 according to our watch. As with all of these times, the official clockers high above Kranji are likely to offer more accurate times.
Limario returned to Kranji two days after a sizzling piece of work. While trainer Doug Watson is somewhat disenchanted with the barrier draw of 12 considering how well the German-bred is going right now, he looked a perfect specimen this morning.
Medicean Man (below) had his first speed work of the visit, going 600 metres in 40.3 seconds and on the Polytrack at the same time Side Glance got in some work on the back track. The world traveler Side Glance does not win often, but he sure looks superb each and every morning.
While we missed the work, South African reporter Liesl King caught our KrisFlyer longshot Slew Of Lode in another sizzling piece of work on the grass course. He’s the roughie for us, and offered on some books in the UK at 66-1. You have to take a slice of that if you can.
Photos, of course, come via Cedric Lane’s UAE Racing Photography.