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Tuesday trackwork report from Singapore

It was our first day out in Singapore for international trackwork at Kranji and all the international horses present had a go over at least one of the many courses offered by the Turf Club. Defending KrisFlyer International Sprint winner Lucky Nine was the first out and galloped an easy two laps of the Polytrack course. Fellow Hong Kong-based, Singapore winner Military Attack was a bit distracted in his morning regimen over the Polytrack, acting in a way that we haven’t witnessed before, seeing him in HK, the UAE, and here. He was playing about in the stretch, presumably shying from the shadow of the outer Polytrack rail, and requiring his trackwork rider to give him a reminding crack to keep focused, all while doing no more than a basic canter.

Doug Watson’s Limario was in great shape galloping about a lap and a half of the Polytrack. Watson arrives in Singapore later Tuesday and will oversee preparations from then. In the meantime, all seems in good stead.

A group of four horses came out next for a gallop on the “back track” – a training gallop course just behind the main turf course at Kranji. Medicean Man, Mull of Killough, Smoking Sun, and Balmont Mast came out together, with Mull of Killough breaking off alone eventually. Smoking Sun shifted out to the Polytrack and created the most eventful experience of the morning.

With the work rider attempting to break off to gallop around the 1,100-metre mark of the Polytrack, Smoking Sun basically refused. Not once, or twice, but three times. In nothing more than a series of incredibly short bursts, Smoking Sun finally made it around to the finish line and completed a lap before heading home. Fourth last time in the Prix Ganay, we will try to learn if these antics are part of his normal behavior or if we should be worried about this appearance.

Si Sage was the only one of the international visitors to get any significant speed work over the firm grass course. Under race rider David Flores, tied eighth in the local colony, Si Sage was glued to the inside rail working a solid 1,000 metres. The official Singapore Turf Club clockers caught his final 600 metres in 37.7 seconds. We would expect more speed work as the week goes on.

Side Glance, the preeminent world traveler of the bunch, galloped solo on the back track without incident, while Medicean Man made it out for a lap of the Polytrack following his back track warmup.

Dubai Golden Shaheen winner Sterling City was under an absolute stranglehold for his lap of the Polytrack with Champions Mile third Dan Excel trailing, but gapping as the work progressed. Neither did much, but the confident stranglehold on Sterling City was at least encouraging.

Tokei Halo was due to arrive early this morning and was not on course.

Of the local runners, SIA Cup hope Johnny Guitar, most recently second in the Queen Elizabeth II Cup (G2) stepped out for a gallop.

The most interesting local runner was Patrick Shaw’s sprinter Slew of Lode, a winner of four races in Singapore after being imported from Argentina. He caught our eye when flying solo on the turf, working the final 600 metres in a sizzling 34.9 seconds, according to Turf Club officials. Is he crazy at 40-1 on the antepost markets right now? It’s a short field, Lucky Nine has shown some issues breaking, Sterling City Is fine but doesn’t always fire his best…Balmont Mast and Medicean Man are fine too…it doesn’t take much to look beyond the internationals. While local sprinter Zac Spirit is a fiery sort, we didn’t see him today to judge anything beyond his video form. Getting ready for the toughest race of his life, Slew of Lode really impressed in trackwork this morning. He is deserving of the price, but seems healthy and fit as one could be. End of story.

More reports from Singapore on Wednesday.

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