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meeting preview for sun aug 16, 2020

It only seems like yesterday that horse racing in Singapore was put on hold as the dreaded Corona virus swept the world.

But here we are - only one month back under restricted conditions - the best horses in Singapore head to the start for a million dollar mile and Group 1 glory.

So bravo to all concerned for getting the show back on the road and hopefully for punters, we can find the winner of the Kranji Mile (race 12).

And like most weight-for-age races, it always pays to start at the top of the ratings and COUNTOFMONTECRISTO looks the standout on paper.

The 7YO probably hasn't won as many Group races as his honest form over many years at the top level deserved, but he brings winning form to this campaign, loves the mile and given his style of racing, will have every chance to add this trophy to his cabinet.

In his favour is the fact some of his main dangers come into this with below par performances under their belt, however, his stable-mate, TOP KNIGHT, did have excuses first-up over 1400m and he will be the most likely challenger late.

Don't discount the Derby winner, SUN MARSHAL, first-up over a suitable trip on the back of a good trial and his stable-mate, MR CLINT, also has the Group 1 2019 form to his name and cannot be discounted.

Elsewhere on the bumper 14-race card, the interesting runner is MAKANANI who wouldn't have looked out of place in the Kranji Mile but takes on Class 2 Company in race 9.

The Takaoka-trained mare hasn't set the word on fire at her only start in 2020, but given she won the weight-for-age Group 1 Raffles Cup over the mile only four starts back, she only has to be near her best to win against less-credentialed company today.

Best Bets: (KNIGHT LOVE race 11, win), (COUNTOFMONTECRISTO race 12, win), and (MAKANANI race 9, value).

Bankers for Jackpots: Race 11 (11), race 12 (1), race 13 (1, 2, 4, 12 and 13), race 14 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10 and 12).

Click on the race details for the complete race card and the horse name for its history.

Good luck and see you in the forum!

-Larry

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race 1: southern legend 2018 & 2019 stakes class 5 (1) - 1200m (polytrack) time: 12:00 prize money: s$30000

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2 - OPTIMUM STAR - Caught wide and ran on well when resuming. Strips fitter, well drawn and gets conditions to suit. Ticks the boxes.

5 - COMING UP - Caught wide and placed when resuming. Showing improvement and gets a good run. Extra distance suits.

1 - CODIGOS - Resuming and trialled soundly. Around the mark at recent outings over longer but can play a part in this first up.

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race 2: infantry 2017 stakes restricted maiden (1) (2 and 3 year old) (weight for age) - 1100m (polytrack) time: 12:30 prize money: s$75000

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7 - OUR SECRET WEAPON - By Outreach. Trialled strongly. Dam won over 1350m. Poorly drawn but looks a likely type. Watch for support.

8 - REAL EFECTO - By Real Impact. Dam is a half-sister to Eclair Fastpass. Trialled well. Watch market.

11 - TUESDAY - By Deep Field. Dam won over 1100m. Pushed but trialled strongly. Watch market.

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race 3: debt collector 2016 stakes class 5 (2) - 1200m (polytrack) time: 13:00 prize money: s$30000

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1 - SMILING PROUD - Led before weakening when resuming. Will strip fitter and now having third outing in Class 5. Can give a sight.

11 - GIANT KILLING - Resuming. Twenty start Maiden status a worry but recent trial was good and happy to keep safe at odds.

3 - HIGH LIMIT - Only battled when resuming. Will strip fitter and suited this company. Can improve.

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race 4: stepitup 2015 stakes restricted maiden (2) (2 and 3 year old) (weight for age) - 1100m (polytrack) time: 13:30 prize money: s$75000

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2 - MARDOONA - Found one better at debut. Poorly drawn but has speed to overcome gate.

1 - JACKSA - Ran a distant placing on debut and should be improved. Poorly drawn but can run on.

9 - STRONG N SMART - By Per Incanto. Dam won twice up to 1400m. Trialled well. Well drawn and should be prominent.

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race 5: war affair 2014 stakes class 5 (3) - 1200m (polytrack) time: 14:00 prize money: s$30000

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5 - NINGALOO - Seven-start Maiden who looked to have some in hand last start. Tongue-tie and longer trip may help.

1 - SPORTSCASTER - Held up last start following solid placing when resuming. Best form over longer but has the speed to be prominent.

3 - SILVER WAY - Resuming without blinkers. Showed speed last outing and from good gate can be prominent. Last win was at this trip.

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race 6: cash luck 2013 stakes class 4 (3) - 1200m (turf track 'b' (sc)) time: 14:30 prize money: s$50000

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2 - WATER ROCKET - No match for winner last start but had everything else covered. Has won on the turf and hard to run down from the ace.

8 - QUANTUM - Can find trouble but had some in hand last start and work late suggests he wins one soon. Follow.

4 - GENTLEMEN AGREEMENT - Resuming. Better over 1400m but this looks suitable first up with some nice trials under his belt. Goes close.

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race 7: better life 2012 stakes class 4 (2) - 1400m (turf track 'b' (sc)) time: 15:00 prize money: s$50000

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7 - KHARISMA - Broke Maiden status in fine style when blinkers added and will give a sight from gate 2.

4 - AFALONHRO - Ran on late when resuming on poly. Gets blinkers and could improve from good gate over 1400m.

2 - GOLD CITY - Resuming in what looks a very suitable race. Has first-up form and will be doing best work late.

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race 8: better than ever 2010 & 2011 stakes class 4 (2) - 1200m (turf track 'b' (sc)) time: 15:30 prize money: s$50000

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1 - UNCONQUERED - Form reads badly, has changed stables and rarely seen on the turf but drops significantly in grade and can win on the back of a good trial.

7 - AMORE AMORE - Resuming. Did it tough last start and will appreciate gate 3 and can win on the back of a good trial.

4 - ATLAS - Resuming after excuses not to be in the mix last start and will figure prominently in this from gate 2.

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race 9: waikato 2009 stakes class 2 - 1600m (turf track 'b' (sc)) time: 16:00 prize money: s$85000

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1 - MAKANANI - Won over the mile at Group 1 level four starts back. Appreciates first up run and hard to beat on best form.

6 - PAX ANIMI - Very progressive type who had excuses for only poor run in Singapore and can win this off the minimum.

4 - SACRED CROIX - Under-rated 6YO who ran on well when resuming over 1400m in Class 1 and right in this with light-weight.

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race 10: top spin 2008 stakes class 4 (1) - 1400m (turf track 'b' (sc)) time: 16:30 prize money: s$50000

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1 - CENTENARY DIAMOND - Resuming down in grade after excuses last start. Gets upgrade to blinkers and can win with handy claim.

2 - MIG PIERRO - Returned a roarer last start so happy to ignore an take on good form prior.

6 - LIM'S SPIN - Resuming after breaking maiden status with strong support after good debut. This is harder but recent trials good enough to follow.

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race 11: setembro chove 2007 stakes class 4 (1) - 1200m (turf track 'b' (sc)) time: 17:00 prize money: s$50000

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11 - KNIGHT LOVE - Lost no admirers when fighting on strongly on the Poly last start and debut maiden win on turf was very good. Hard to beat.

5 - MIGHTY GENERAL - Traffic excuses when running on strongly last start and hard to hold out with more luck in running.

3 - FIRST CHIEF - Resuming after two good runs in Singapore after a winless Hong Kong stint. Drawn wide but trialling well and must go close.

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race 12: kranji mile group 1 (3 year old and upwards) (set weights) (rider allowances not permitted) - 1600m (turf track 'b' (sc)) time: 17:30 prize money: s$1000000

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1 - COUNTOFMONTECRISTO - Recent wins on the Poly but looks a monty here at the conditions and will look the winner late.

10 - TOP KNIGHT - Excuses when resuming and not tested late. Has to be a big show on best form with best work expected late.

7 - SUN MARSHAL - Resuming. Tough ask first up for the Derby winner but has first up form, trialling well so always a show.

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race 13: recast 2006 stakes class 3 - 1600m (turf track 'b' (sc)) time: 18:00 prize money: s$70000

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4 - CHURCHILL - Very progressive type who only missed a place in Singapore when tackling Group Company. Hard to beat with step up to the mile ideal.

1 - LOYALTY MAN - In the winning mix when resuming in this Company last start and hard to hold out over the mile with downgrade to winkers and 3kg claim.

2 - DESTROYER ECLIPSE - Did some work on pace when resuming over 1400m. Should lead from gate 2 and be hard to pass.

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race 14: really good 2005 stakes novice (set weights) - 1200m (turf track 'b' (sc)) time: 18:30 prize money: s$75000

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3 - I AM SACRED - Bolted in at only Singapore outing. This is harder but shows promise and should be prominent.

6 - HEARTENING FLYER - Won 1200m Maiden on poly on debut with heavy support. This is harder and awkwardly drawn but have to respect.

10 - FREY - Too strong over 1000m on poly at first Singapore outing. This is harder but has improvement on the back of a good trial.

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