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meeting preview for sun nov 11, 2018

The race that stops a republic - the Dester Singapore Gold Cup - is finally here and a capacity field will head to the starter to see who joins some of the greats of the game and gets their names etched onto the most prestigious honour board of them all.

Interestingly, the race has dropped in distance to 2000m for the first time in it's history and while the handicap conditions remains the same, the shorter trip may favour some of the horses carrying weight, including CIRCUIT LAND at the top of the ratings.

But weight can stop the proverbial train and some in-form horses on or around the minimum are we should look to find the winner.

KING LOUIS certainly ticks those boxes having won his last two races in preparation for this Group 1 assignment and only has to carry 50.5kg with big race jockey, Glen Boss, to ride.

Likewise, SKY ROCKET on 50kg and form around KING LOUIS appeals while his stablemate, LIM'S MAGIC, is due to win a big race and he looks well-placed on 50kg with Karis Teetan to ride.

But it may be a mare in CLAUDIA'S BEAUTY that upstages them all.

Her trainer, Leslie Khoo, tested the Group 1 waters at WFA level in the Queen Elizabeth II Cup and that run suggests she more than handles the company and, given she drops 5kg on that run, she could show up at value.

A great race and may the best handicapper win.

Best Bets: (MIGHTY KENNY race 8, win), (CHOCANTE race 6, value) and (CLAUDIA'S BEAUTY race 10, value).

Bankers for Jackpots: Race 8 (3, 4, 6 and 11), race 9 (1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12 and 13), race 10 (10, 11, 12, 13 and 15) and race 11 (3, 4 and 9).

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Good luck and see you in the forum!

-Larry

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race 1: avenue of stars stakes class 5 - 1400m course b (sc) (turf track) time: 12:20 prize money: s$20000

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1 - SUN EMPIRE - Pulled up lame last start but will relish getting back on turf over favourite trip. Can win if right.

5 - GREATBALLS OF FIRE - Form poor but recent trial was solid and gets Michael Rodd and blinkers. Suited this distance having won three times and can show up from the good gate.

7 - MAGIC PAINT - Resuming and has won twice at this trip. Has the speed to be prominent from good gate. Watch market.

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race 2: kowloon city stakes kranji stakes d (2) (set weights) - 1200m course b (sc) (turf track) time: 12:50 prize money: s$38000

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6 - GAIN ECLIPSE - Resuming and trial was strong. Showed promise last preparation and with 3kg claim should be prominent.

5 - HIGH STREET - Has found some form since maiden win. Awkwardly drawn but Glen Boss stays on and should be handy.

7 - DREAMER LEGEND - Close up at three outings since resuming. Suited this company and from good gate should be prominent.

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race 3: ocean park stakes restricted maiden (2 and 3 year old) (weight for age) - 1200m course b (sc) (turf track) time: 13:20 prize money: s$85000

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9 - HUGO - Placed at both outings over this trip. Beaten favourite last start and can make amends from good gate.

14 - ARARAT LADY - Had support and was run down at debut on poly. Has trialled well since and should be prominent.

5 - LINCOLN MOONLIGHT - Run down late over 1400m last start. Drops back in trip, gets Matthew Poon and can do better from the good gate with tongue-tie added.

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race 4: victoria peak stakes class 4 non premier - 1400m course b (sc) (turf track) time: 13:55 prize money: s$45000

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9 - MY BIG BOSS - Ran on well last start in this company following Maiden win. Improving and should be handy throughout.

3 - LIM'S REFORM - Ran on from well back last start to just miss when dropping to this company. Well drawn and appreciate 1400m.

2 - GREEN STAR - Improved last start to just miss. Claim helps and could be hard to hold off.

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race 5: lan kwai fong stakes kranji stakes d (1) (set weights) - 1200m course b (sc) (turf track) time: 14:30 prize money: s$38000

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2 - ABSOLVIDO - Disappointing with support at his last couple but very much appreciates being back on the turf where his record suggests he gives this a shake.

7 - PAPERBACK TROOPER - Looked the winner at stages before battling late over 1400m last start and could be hard to pass dropping back in trip.

5 - HERO STAR - Excuses last start not to finish closer and has to be a big show on close up effort two back.

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race 6: lantau island stakes class 3 (1) - 1200m course b (sc) (turf track) time: 15:05 prize money: s$80000

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10 - CHOCANTE - Excuses not to win last start (traffic in straight) and wins this without surprising.

12 - LIM'S KNIGHT - Ran on super late through traffic in a similar affair last start and happy to think he can win this.

1 - MADE IN RUSSIA - Scratched (lame) in September after winning very well at Singapore debut. Could be hard to beat on that effort.

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race 7: happy valley stakes kranji stakes c (set weights) - 2000m course b (sc) (turf track) time: 15:35 prize money: s$80000

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1 - DICTON - Looked some hope late last start in very good staying company and gets his chance in this field with Rodd a factor.

8 - LIM'S RIPPLE - Ran on super to win going away in Class 4 last start and happy to follow.

3 - LIONROCKSPIRIT - Led them a merry race over 1800m to win at second Singapore start and expect much the same.

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race 8: the hong kong jockey club trophy kranji stakes b (set weights) - 1600m course b (sc) (turf track) time: 16:05 prize money: s$100000

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4 - MIGHTY KENNY - First emergency in the Gold Cup. Honest and in the winning mix with the King Louis last start over 1800m and could be hard to beat from gate 1.

11 - WHAT'S NEW - Very progressive stayer who won well last start and the mile in this company looks ideal with best work expected late.

6 - HERMANO MENOR - Did it tough last start and in the mix so happy to follow as does look due with Pike to ride.

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race 9: shatin stakes class 4 non premier - 1600m course b (sc) (turf track) time: 16:40 prize money: s$45000

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1 - NEW SENSATION - Form reads badly but had excuses (respiratory) last start when supported in a similar affair and pay to give another chance from gate 1 with Poon to ride.

6 - ALAMAK - Won maiden this trip and excuses before running on well late last start to keep the winner honest. Goes close.

4 - VERIZON - Hard to fault form and has had the odd excuse not to win at seven starts in Singapore and in the mix again.

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race 10: dester singapore gold cup (sg1)(3 year old and upwards) (3rd leg singapore triple crown series) (rider allowances not permitted) - 2000m course b (sc) (turf track) time: 17:15 prize money: s$1350000

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12 - KING LOUIS - Gate 13. Backed up El Dorado win with very impressive win over 1800m through traffic last start. The one to beat with 50.5kg.

10 - CLAUDIA'S BEAUTY - Gate 3. Did it tough in the QEII Cup so her effort to the wire was excellent and has to be a serious hope over 2000m with 51.5kg.

15 - LIM'S MAGIC - Gate 16. Progressive stayer who hasn't won for over a year but has been impressive at Group level. Had excuses and ran well enough in the Raffles to consider with 50kg sans blinkers.

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race 11: tsim sha tsui stakes class 3 (2) - 1200m course b (sc) (turf track) time: 17:50 prize money: s$80000

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9 - CALCULATION - Won at the shortest quote to make it two-from-two and could be hard to beat at first turf start.

4 - SIAM BLUE VANDA - Hard to fault unbeaten run and his effort to win from the rear last start in this company suggests he can go on with the job.

3 - CAPTAIN JAMIE - Very disappointing over the mile on the Poly last start but subsequent very good trial with blinkers added suggests he is a big show in this.

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