Third home in the 2012 Dubai Duty Free (G1), City Style only arrived in Singapore about five hours before he hit the Kranji polytrack, and if the trip took anything out of him, you surely couldn’t tell on Tuesday morning. While we saw none of the City Zip gelding in trackwork in Dubai, when sequestered at Godolphin’s facilities, he looked in fabulous form today through two laps of the all-weather surface.
The course opens at 5:00 A.M. for the international visitors to the island nation and Hong Kong’s Zaidan was the first on course this morning at Kranji, getting one lap of the Polytrack just to get a look around before getting just slightly more serious a second-time around. French-owned invaders Chinchon and Dream Peace galloped two laps just in a leg-stretcher with the former seemingly slightly noisier in his going than the latter. Both are expected for the Cup, with Dream Peace’s entry particular enterprising for a 4-year-old filly.
The Hong Kong-based pair of Thumbs Up and California Memory trotted over Polytrack next, with the latter shying away from the large infield video board both times he came past it. Last year, California Memory faded out in the run after being produced for early speed by Matt Chadwick. This year, Felix Coetzee has the mount.
Dubai Golden Shaheen (G1) winner Krypton Factor did little more than canter one lap of the turf course before a slightly faster gallop of the green around 5:20 A.M. local time and appeared no worse for the work. See more in the post above from our interview with trainer Fawzi Nass.
Locally-based Ato, preparing for the KrisFlyer International Sprint, got in a spirited 600-metre drill clocked in 35.20 seconds over Polytrack. El Dorado, the legendary winner of three consecutive Singapore Gold Cups got through easy work as well.