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12 starts for four wins, once over 1400m. He was progressing well and was sent to contest the invitational Group 1 Keeneland Korea Cup in Seoul and was soundly beaten despite being fancied. He has since trialled well for Kranji comeback race. A possibility.


Hermano Menor

22 starts for five wins, once over 1400m. He has been very consistent this season but only snapped his sequence of minor placings with his last-start victory that was helped by his rookie's 3kg claim. It was his first win over 1400m. Winning form is good form.


Kirks Ryker

16 starts for five wins, four over 1400m. One who seldom runs a bad race, he ran a narrow second three starts back in the Group 3 Committee's Prize over 1600m. Last start, he finished third, so he has the form to give them a run for the money.


Wild Geese

44 starts for five wins, once over 1400m. At his peak in 2014, he won the Group 2 QE II Cup over 2000m (also his last win) and ran in the last two editions of the Singapore Airlines International Cup, both won by Dan Excel. He has not been able to win again.


Ode To Joy

17 starts for four wins, once over 1400m. Last start, he beat only one home in the Group 3 Jumbo Jet Trophy over 1400m. He won two of his three previous starts. Now back to more level ground and with a recent third in his barrier, he can spring back.


Shanghai Bund

20 starts for four wins, all over 1400m. He was very consistent until his recent runs where he tends to mix his form. Last start, he could only finish ninth but only 4.6 lengths behind but won his previous outing. On his day, he is the one to beat.



This three-year-old bay English-bred by Hat Trick out of Tell It As It Is is a newcomer to Singapore. He has had three trials at Kranji but did not show up. He had 11 starts in UK and France for four wins from 1100m-1600m (good and soft). He was second twice and third twice from 1200m-1500m (good and soft).


Big Brother

11 starts for three wins, all over 1600m. Last time out, he ran fifth in the Group 3 El Dorado Classic over 2200m, but was rarely out of the first three in his previous starts. He is now out of dreamland into a normal race and can bounce back following his recent trial win.


Casing Royal

15 starts for five wins, once over 1400m. He scored a double in July and then had three unplaced outings before winning again last time out in his first attempt over the Polytrack 1600m. With a handy 117lb, he can make it again.


Justice First

This four-year-old bay English-bred by Zebedee out of Nelly's Glen is a newcomer to Singapore. He finished in the rear in both his trials at Kranji. He had 28 starts in UK for four wins from 1208m to 1609m in good going. He was second four times and third once from 1207m-1609m (good and soft).


Ninetyseven Gold

14 starts for three wins, over 1000m and 1200m. In his only 1400m attempt so far, he beat only two home and finished 6.3 lengths behind the winner. He seems to be having a let-up as he has not finished in the first three four times since his last win.



11 starts for three wins, twice over 1400m. Quite a genuine sort, he finished in the top three in his last five starts, winning twice. Last start, he raced with the pace, looked a possibility before finishing second over 1600m. With a light weight, he stands a good chance.



40 starts for seven wins, once over 1400m. He has not won since May 2014. Last start, he came from the rear to finish fourth. That was his best showing in a while. For the adventurous. After all, he has run in several Group races and finished second in the Group 3 Saas Fee Stakes over 1400m in 2013.


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