Local contenders were the stars on the track on
Wednesday morning when seven of the 10 gallopers from the home team set Kranji
alight with some fast workouts, but Limariodid come out for a pipe-opener for the foreign brigade while Japan’s Tokei Halo made his maiden
appearance on the tracks during the international contenders’ earlier 5.00 – 6.00
am time slot.
Among the gallops registered, KrisFlyer International
Sprint speedster Goal Keeperlived up to his fleet-footed qualities when he recorded the quickest time (last
600m in 33.3 seconds), working on Track 6 down the back.
Connections were overall sporting a wide grin after
that all-important final gallop to top off their respective runners while those
who put their horses through quieter paces were also happy with the improvement
Among the overseas trainers, Doug Watson (Limario), Jane Chapple-Hyam (Mull Of Killough) and Hisashi
Shimizu (Tokei Halo) showed
up for the first time to watch their precious charges work while the Media
Centre also welcomed its first big batch of reporters from around the world.
AIRLINES INTERNATIONAL CUP
Lad (SG) – Desmond Koh
on the turf track under race-rider Soo Khoon Beng, reeling off the last 600m in
had his regular gallop, just the way he likes it, and I have to say he was a
lot more relaxed today. I’m very happy with that run,” said trainer Desmond
job is done and I’ll just give him an easy time from now on.”
Soo Khoon Beng echoed Koh’s satisfaction when he said he could feel a different
City Lad under him.
felt really good this morning. Normally, when he gallops on Polytrack, he is
too keen and I have to hold him and he would do 36 seconds,” said Soo.
he was a lot more relaxed and hopefully he is the same on raceday. He is giving
me great confidence he can put in a good run.”
Excel, Military Attack (SIA Cup) & Sterling City (KrisFlyer) – John Moore
three horses trotted over 500m and then cantered over 1 ½ laps (about 2200m) on
the same workout they’ve been doing all week,” said trainer John Moore’s son
George, who has been overseeing the trio’s preparations until his father’s arrival
after the Wednesday night meeting in Happy Valley.
just about keeping them happy. Happy horses will run well. That’s all we’re
trying to do when we travel, keep the horses happy and relaxed.
look good. I might weigh them later to see how they are but visually they look
like they’re gaining weight and doing very well.”
Johnny Guitar (SIA Cup)
& Slew Of Lode (KrisFlyer) – Patrick Shaw
Slew Of Lode came out for his hit-out on Tuesday, it was Johnny Guitar’s turn
to get busy on the turf track on Wednesday, galloping up a treat under race
rider Barend Vorster to clock 35.2 seconds. Slew Of Lode had a rest day.
very happy with Johnny Guitar’s run, and so was Barend,” said trainer Patrick
felt good, ran over 1200m, picked up from the 600m and in the last 400m, Barend
gave him a tap on the hindquarters. That’s it for him, he will have a day off
Of Lode had a day off today and will come out for some light work tomorrow.”
(UAE) – Doug Watson
serious piece of work since arriving in Singapore last week. Galloped over 800m
on turf under work rider Martin Pearson, running the last 600m in 34.2 seconds
the best he’s looked since I got him in December,” said trainer Doug Watson who
was present at trackwork. "I’m extremely pleased with him today. We’ve had him
every day on the bridle.
did some fast work with him today. It’s his last piece of work and it was just
an air opener. He went over 800m and I couldn’t really time him from where I
was standing but I think he would have done around 49 seconds for that.
hand walk him tomorrow and maybe just a light canter of 1 ¼ mile on Friday and
Saturday. All his work is done and (track rider) Martin (Pearson) has done a
good job on him.
don’t think we need to do anything else for him. All his work was done in Dubai
and we’ll just keep him fresh from now until the race.”
Mull Of Killough (UK) –
Trot and canter on Track 4
under track rider Abigail Harrison with trainer Jane Chapple-Hyam on hand to
watch her ward work at Kranji for the first time.
travelled good, lost only five kilos and has already put them back on,” said
trainer Jane Chapple-Hyam.
he just had a trot and canter on Track 4, and he will probably do two canters
rider) Damien Oliver gets here on Thursday and he may want to ride him on
Friday. If he does, then he will just go for a canter on the grass track – just
some even time, just to get a feel of him
won’t be a full-on gallop as he just had a run in the Earl Of Sefton which he
won again, about three weeks ago. So, all his work was done back home, he had a
Side Glance (UK) – Andrew
Steady canter on Track 4 up
and down under track rider Leanne Masterton.
again had two steady canters down that Polytrack. Very happy with him,” said
go for a gallop tomorrow.”
Sage (USA) – Darrell Vienna
in the sand ring for around an hour.
"Today was just a walk for around an hour at the
back,” said trainer Darrell Vienna’s son Chris.
"He pulled up good after his gallop yesterday. It’s
all systems go now.”
Smoking Sun (FRA) – Pascal
Cantered over one lap on
the Polytrack under track rider Patrick Lemagny.
cantered again on the Polytrack but went a little quicker than yesterday,” said
track rider Patrick Lemagny.
can a bit cheeky when he’s alone on the track. He hates shadows.
will come out again for the same routine, just to get the rust off and maybe
have a pipe-opener on Friday. All depends on the boss.”
Halo (JPN) – Hisashi Shimizu
final international horse to arrive on Tuesday morning, the Japanese-bred
five-year-old entire did most of his work on the in-field sand track (Track 5),
where he trotted over two laps followed by an easy canter over another two
laps. Finally, he completed his workout with a good canter over one lap on
Track 2 (Polytrack), finishing off the last 600m in 45.8 seconds.
been eating well and is in very good condition,” said trainer Hisashi Shimizu.
"I’m very happy with him and everything’s going well.
jockey (Hirofumi Shii) will arrive this evening and he will take over his work
from tomorrow. He will gallop him tomorrow as well.”
Tropaios (SG) – Michael
Galloped on Track 6 with
senior track rider James Peters up, clocking 38.4 seconds in the last 600m.
is a light-framed horse and does not need to be overworked,” said trainer
Peters (senior track rider) was on him and just asked him to quicken up the
last 400m. It was a nice piece of work and it will be just a matter of ticking
him over until Sunday.”
Geese (SG) – Steven Burridge
and cantered on Track 4 with senior track rider Mick Lockett aboard.
was just a quiet day for him. He had a trot and canter on Track 4 and
everything’s in good order,” said trainer Steven Burridge.
Balmont Mast (IRE) – Edward
Came out for a hack over
one lap of the Polytrack, up against the outside rails, under track rider
just went for a hack on the outside of the Polytrack,” said track rider Declan
pulled a little as he does get wound up, but it’s pretty normal for him. He’s
don’t know if he will have a gallop, but it will probably be Friday if he does.
The boss will let me know.”
Obvious & El Padrino (SG) – Alwin Tan
Captain Obvious (Oscar Chavez) and El Padrino (Danny Beasley) came out for
their hit-outs on the Polytrack, but in separate gallops. El Padrino did 35
seconds while his grey stablemate went a shade quicker in 34.4 seconds.
has peaked at the right time,” said jockey Oscar Chavez of Captain Obvious. "He
was raring to go and I just had to let him slide forward.
in the best form he has ever been. I think it was a good decision not to run
him in the Lion City Cup (April 27) as that would have flattened him.
had more time to recuperate after the Kranji Sprint (April 4). I hope he does
not get a low draw as he will get all fired up on the inside of runners –
middle draw would be nice.”
Danny Beasley was equally pleased with the yield put in by El Padrino during
his Polytrack workout.
went over 1000m and strode very well. He’s in good form, and however good form
he is in now, I hope he runs as well,” said the Australian jockey.
hope it rains like today. A wet ground will enhance his chances because of his
Max (SG) – Stephen Gray
his Tuesday gallop, he was just hand-walked at the stable.
just walked today. I will trot him tomorrow,” said jockey Lisa Allpress.
Goal Keeper (SIN) – Theo
Galloped on Track 6 with a
track rider aboard, clocking 33.3 seconds in last 600m.
galloped in a good time and pulled up good,” said trainer Theo Kieser.
track rider Anwar rode him as they get on very well. He will swim from now on
and maybe do some trotting, but his job is pretty much done.”
Nine (HK) – Caspar Fownes
has become the norm, the defending KrisFlyer champion was the first horse out
bright and early. It consisted of a quiet canter up and down Track 6 with work
rider Richard So up followed by a practice jump from the barrier stalls.
"Quiet day for him today,” said trainer Caspar
Fownes, who shortly after trackwork flew home to Hong Kong to prepare for the
night meeting in Happy Valley. He will return to Singapore on Saturday night.
"He just went for a quiet canter up and down that
short track just outside there, just a little warm-up. Then he had some gate
practice without the blinkers on.
"I was happy with the way he jumped. He ran last
year without blinkers on as well.”
Medicean Man (UK) – Jeremy
Slow canter over 1600m on
the Polytrack with track rider Samantha Ward doing the steering.
was not sweating as much today, which is good,” said travelling head lad Andy
Kidney. "It’s all about acclimatisation, especially to the humidity.
was on the plane to Singapore when he rang me and told me to give him a slow
canter over 1600m on the Polytrack.”
rider Samantha Ward said Medicean Man gave her a good feel during the easy spin
around the alternative track.
didn’t ride him in Dubai, only at home. So this is my first time riding him
overseas,” said Ward.
good with him. He had an easy canter around the track.”
Zac Spirit (SG) – Cliff
Galloped on Track 6 with
race-rider Alan Munro aboard. Sprinted last 600m in 35.7 seconds.
was a good workout. He ran smoothly down Track 6 and probably did around 36
seconds,” said jockey Alan Munro.
in great shape and I’m very happy with his condition. Cliff has done a great
job with him.
got the home advantage and he will run a massive race on Sunday. Hold on to