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meeting preview for sun jul 15, 2018

It doesn't matter where you are in the world, Derby Day is what horse racing is all about.

And the Emirates Singapore Derby - although a tad different to the more traditional 3YO Derbies over 2400m - is no exception and it is also the race that trainers, owners and jockeys covet the most.

Yes, $1.15 million in prize money is a nice carrot, however, it is the prestige of joining an honour board that includes the likes of the late Ivan Allan, Godolphin and arguably the greatest Derby jockey of them all, Lester Piggott.

So who joins this elite company?

Obviously more than a few current trainers are already on the Derby winners list but Hideyuki Takaoka (x2), Cliff Brown and Stephen Gray can add to their tally while jockey's John Powell (x2), Alan Munro and Michael Rodd can also bolster their Derby CV.

But while Takaoka (JUPITER GOLD) and Gray (LIM'S MAGIC and SKY ROCKET) have serious winning hopes, it may be the reigning current Champion Trainer - Mark Walker - who tastes victory in 2018.

Walker will saddle the two likely favourite's in ELITE INVINCIBLE and KINGSMAN who ran one-two in the Charity Bowl and the Kiwi handler would be confident of both horses being in the thick of this finish.

Good luck to all concerned and may the best Four-Year-Old win.

Best Bets: (CURVATURE race 9, win), (ONLY WIN race 8, each-way) and (MAKANANI race 10, value).

Bankers for Jackpots: Race 8 (2, 3, 4, 5 and 8), race 9 (4), race 10 (1, 2, 3, 5 and 8) and race 11 (1, 2, 8 and 15).

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: hello moscow stakes open maiden (weight for age) - 1400m course b (sc) (turf track) time: 12:40 prize money: s$20000

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10 - TURF PRINCESS - Over-raced and was run down when well supported over 1600m last start. Gets some gear changes and should be handy throughout.

6 - WHIZZY WALTZZY - Improved last start in non-premier Class 4 when showing speed and fighting on despite being bumped at 200m. With a positive ride can give a sight.

2 - ASIA - Had some support and battled on to be in mix with placegetters when resuming after long break. Having first turf outing but did show earlier promise and can improve with Duric to ride.

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race 2: hello edinburgh stakes restricted maiden (2) (2 and 3 year old) (weight for age) - 1200m course b (sc) (turf track) time: 13:10 prize money: s$85000

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13 - BOLD THRUSTER - Had support but only battled at debut. Recent trial was strong and can improve with blinkers.

11 - BOY NEXT DOOR - Placed twice in good 2YO races in NZ and ran unplaced in Karaka Million from four starts. Most recent trial was sound. Could debut well. Watch for support.

1 - EVIL WESLEY - Resuming. Former Peter and Paul Snowden runner who has sound Australian form and debuted well in Singapore before a break. Recent trials have been solid. Poorly drawn but could overcome gate with Duric to ride

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race 3: hello santiago de chile stakes class 4 non premier - 1200m course b (sc) (turf track) time: 13:40 prize money: s$45000

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1 - BRINGER OF WAR - Showed improvement last start at second run since letup. Well drawn and will benefit from a positive ride.

2 - SWEDISH MEMORIES - Supported and just missed in this class last start. Awkwardly drawn but with Michael Rodd staying aboard can give a sight.

8 - GAIN ECLIPSE - Has placed at both starts since coming from Malaysia. Well drawn and should be handy throughout.

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race 4: hello london stakes restricted maiden (1) (2 and 3 year old) (weight for age) - 1200m course b (sc) (turf track) time: 14:10 prize money: s$85000

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8 - FAME STAR - Improving and placed past two outings (and had protest thrown out last start). Should be handy throughout.

1 - LUCKY HADA - Placed twice at Newcastle from three Australian starts. Most recent trial was solid and should be up to this.

3 - BEJEWELLED - Only battled late last start but wasn't helped by wide gate. Poorly drawn again but gets Vlad Duric.

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race 5: hello new york stakes class 4 premier - 1200m course b (sc) (turf track) time: 14:40 prize money: s$60000

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7 - TRIPLE TRIO - Won well at debut on poly (with heavy support) and has trialled soundly since. Promising and should be prominent.

5 - EYE GUY - Led throughout to win Novice last start and has trialled well since. Hard to run down from good gate.

12 - TARO SAN - Just missed when flying late at Singapore debut an has trialled well since. Should be prominent from good gate.

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race 6: hello paris stakes class 4 non premier - 1400m course b (sc) (turf track) time: 15:10 prize money: s$45000

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1 - RED CLAW - Racing consistently and suited this Class. Should be prominent.

7 - PEER GYNT - Led and run down in this Class last start. Likes this trip and could be prominent for a long way with no weight.

2 - SAHABA - Fought on solidly last start in this class. Only win was at this trip and should be handy throughout.

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race 7: hello melbourne stakes class 4 non premier - 1600m course b (lc) (turf track) time: 15:45 prize money: s$45000

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4 - HENG KINGDOM - Looked a good thing beaten given traffic similar affair last start and gets his chance from the ace.

2 - PLATO - Had support and was checked at 200m on Singapore debut but out of contention at that stage. Could improve over winning trip from Australia.

6 - NORTHERN KNIGHT - Led and fought on last start over 1200m on Poly. in easier company. Blinker pacifiers come off and only wins have been at this trip. Keep safe.

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race 8: emirates singapore derby (sg1)(4 year old) (set weights) (3rd leg singapore 4-year-old challenge) (rider allowances not permitted) - 1800m course b (lc) (turf track) time: 16:20 prize money: s$1150000

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4 - KINGSMAN - Barrier 12. Just missed when running on very strongly in the Charity Bowl when blinkers added and hard to hold out over 1800m.

5 - ONLY WIN - Barrier 16. Has looked set for this race since running on well in the Stewards' Cup and again in the Charity Bowl. Big show if luck from wide gate.

3 - ELITE INVINCIBLE - Barrier 9. Fought hard to hold off challenge by stablemate in the Charity Bowl and will be in this very long way.

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race 9: hello dubai stakes class 2 - 1400m course b (lc) (turf track) time: 16:55 prize money: s$100000

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4 - CURVATURE - Lost no friend with some impressive runs in top company and very hard to beat in this field with 53.5kg.

3 - ABSOLUTE MIRACLE - An age since last win but excuses not to go very close last start and happy to follow at odds with blinkers back on.

10 - CERTAINLY - Dropping back in trip but will be running on strongly and pay to keep safe with no weight.

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race 10: hello helsinki stakes class 3 - 1600m course b (lc) (turf track) time: 17:25 prize money: s$80000

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3 - CAPTAIN JAMIE - Placed in two of the three 3YO Group series and Guineas form will hold up here. Hard to beat.

8 - LIM'S DASHING - Had support and excuses not to win last start and must go close here.

2 - MAKANANI - Looks impossible on form but excuses last start (missed start) and subsequent trial was very good. Value.

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race 11: hello brussels stakes class 3 - 1200m course b (lc) (turf track) time: 18:00 prize money: s$80000

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8 - BLACK JADE - Irish galloper who has shown more than enough at two starts in Singapore to win a race like this.

2 - ANCIENT WARRIOR - No luck at the barriers (again) but went close first up and has to be respected.

1 - ANONYMOUS - Yet to win on the turf but handles the surface and will be running on strongly sans blinkers.

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@NJC_Commentator good call and a bloody good horse.

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