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meeting preview for sun oct 25, 2020

The Lion City Cup in October?

You bet!

The Covid year continues to throw up what will be anomalies in the history books and the only Group 1 sprint on the Singapore racing calendar will be run and won on Sunday with the Guineas winner - INFERNO - the biggest beneficiary of the date change.

Already, INFERNO will go down in 'Covid History' as a four-year-old winner of the three-year-old Classic, and the best horse in Singapore can add another Group 1 to what is a remarkable CV.

Some pundits will argue that the step up to Open Weight-For Age Group 1 Company and the drop back to 1200m from the mile is a tough ask for any horse, however, we will counter-argue that INFERNO is not just any horse and the race is his to lose.

And truth be told, this edition of the Lion City Cup is not the strongest that will head to the 1200m start and it will be fitting if the Holy Roman Emperor gelding can add his name to the honour board which includes Rocket Man an incredible four times.

Vlad Duric will be hoping INFERNO will be just one winner on a day that could see the champion jockey extend his lead over Ruan Maia in the premiership, which now stands at five after the Brazilian pegged two back last Saturday.

The battle between the two in-form hoops is a riveting sideshow to the races and while our money is on Vlad to win again, Ruan will keep him honest deep into December.

Best Bets: (BLUESTONE race 3, win), (INFERNO race 10, win), and (THE AUGUST race 5, value).

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

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Good luck and see you in the forum!

-Larry

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

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3 - LOVING BABE - Backed up maiden win with a bold effort in similar affair last start. Hard to run down here.

4 - MOWGLI - Maiden who looks due and Duric from gate 3 looks a good combination.

2 - HERO STAR - Placed in Class 4 three back and won well last time in Class 5. Hard to beat.

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race 2: lims cruiser 2017 & 2018 stakes restricted maiden (2 and 3 year old) (weight for age) - 1400m (turf track 'b' (sc)) time: 12:30 prize money: s$75000

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11 - LIM'S DREAMWALKER - Excuses at both start and effort late at most recent run has him right in this with gate 2 a bonus.

1 - DAY APPROACH - Has been costly for favourite backers but only collared late last start and is obviously due so can win.

5 - MARINE VANGUARD - Only battled last start but looked to have plenty in hand at a recent trial with blinkers added so look for big improvement at value.

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race 3: zac spirit 2016 stakes class 4 (1) - 1200m (polytrack) time: 13:00 prize money: s$50000

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1 - BLUESTONE - Significant drop in Class and very hard to hold out on best form.

2 - HEAVENLY DANCER - Drawn wide but will be strong late on what he has shown winning at both starts.

8 - ROYAL PAVILION - Swooper who plays a part at odds if race run to suit.

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race 4: war affair 2015 stakes open maiden (weight for age) - 1200m (turf track 'b' (sc)) time: 13:30 prize money: s$20000

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11 - MIEJ - Ran into a good one when running on well to place last start and hard to hold outing this field from gate 4.

12 - I AM THE STAR - Super disappointing at the races but gets blinkers (and tongue-tie) on first time and recent trial with headgear very good so could surprise.

1 - MR FAT KIDDY - Wide draw always a concern but just missed last start, should go forward and be hard to run down.

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race 5: zac spirit 2014 stakes class 3 (2) - 1200m (turf track 'b' (sc)) time: 14:00 prize money: s$70000

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2 - GOLD STAR - Recent wins over 1400m but excuses last start not to win and will be flying late with Duric a factor.

11 - LIM'S PASSION - Ran on late as expected last start over 1000m and much better suited here sans tongue-tie. Goes very close on recent Mr Malek turf 1200m form.

7 - THE AUGUST - Ignore last start when not tested in traffic in straight and keep very safe for new stable.

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race 6: super easy 2013 stakes open maiden (weight for age) - 1600m (turf track 'b' (sc)) time: 14:30 prize money: s$20000

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13 - WHERE SHE'S HAPPY - Foot on the till and get this chance in this field.

11 - SUN HOLIDAY - Racing and trialling well and hard to beat in this field.

5 - SHOWCASE THE GOLD - Appreciates drop back to Maiden Company, gets blinkers and can win this on effort from two back.

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race 7: rocket man 2009-2012 stakes class 5 (2) - 1200m (polytrack) time: 15:00 prize money: s$30000

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5 - TWILL GUY - Beaten by wide gates at past two outings. Better drawn here and with Maia can give a sight.

7 - LIM'S UNIQUE - Lightly raced 4YO which has had issues but hasn't been far away at most outings. Recent trials help. Poorly drawn but gets blinkers and Vlad Duric. Keep safe.

13 - DRONE - Caught wide and only battled last start. Better drawn here and well up to this class. Hard to beat if gets a start.

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race 8: capablanca 2008 stakes class 4 - 1400m (turf track 'b' (sc)) time: 15:30 prize money: s$50000

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1 - RAMBO - Just missed when flying late over over 1200m last start. Extra 200m right up his alley on Argentinean form and hard to hold out.

2 - TRADING POST - Found Singapore Guineas too hard last start but worked home well enough to follow on form prior. Goes close.

4 - SUPER SMART - Excuses last start (traffic in straight) and work late suggests he could have a say here at odds.

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race 9: why be 2007 stakes class 3 (1) - 1200m (turf track 'b' (sc)) time: 16:00 prize money: s$70000

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4 - ROCKET STAR - Ran a bold race in the Singapore Guineas. Poorly drawn but gets Vlad Duric and will be closing late.

6 - MOON FACE - Argentinean which has looked good winning both outings in Singapore on poly. Will find this harder on turf but winning form is good form.

7 - IRONSIDE - Placed in Class 2 when resuming and wasn't far away over 1400m last start. Claim helps and will get a good run throughout.

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race 10: lion city cup group 1 (3 year old and upwards) (weight for age) (rider allowances not permitted) - 1200m (turf track 'b' (sc)) time: 16:30 prize money: s$400000

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8 - INFERNO - Drawn the car park and drops back in trip but is the best horse in Singapore and wins this.

9 - MR MALEK - Another top-liner who drops back in trip but is five-from-five over 1200m and will look the winner at some stage.

3 - EXCELLING - Won Merlion Trophy on poly over this trip. Best form is on that surface but did win Class 3 at last turf outing. Will get a good run from gate two.

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race 11: arenti 2006 stakes class 4 (2) - 1200m (polytrack) time: 17:00 prize money: s$50000

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3 - WATER ROCKET - Hit front but was swamped late last start. Can give a sight again on the Poly.

1 - GENTLEMEN AGREEMENT - In good form since resuming and has won twice and been runner in this grade five times at past seven starts. Well drawn and with John Powell should be near the speed throughout.

7 - THE BROTHERHOOD - Backed up maiden win with two good placings this Company and will have a say late here.

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