International Racing Weekend in Singapore is upon us and as always they have come from near and far for what will be extremely competitive racing on the Friday night and Sunday afternoon.

The Oracle from Singapore’s leading racing website Kranji Racing has looked into his crystal ball for the feature races and come up with the following.Friday Feature races:

Aushorse Golden Horseshoe (1200 metres, 2YO, 325,000SGD)

The final of the Aushorse-sponsored  Golden Horseshoe for the 2YOs and there have been five heats with five different winners all of whom are entered with none a standout, so the exotic punters will be advised to “go wide”.  The Mark Walker trained War Affair is a big, strong fellow and he looked more than handy in winning at his last start over the 1200 in 1.10.23; with Joao Moreira to steer he could be hardest  to beat. Michael Freedman has Peace No War who won well at his only start over 1200 but in much slower time, the other Brazilian Michael Nunes gets the gig and drawn next to each other these two could the “omen” quinella. Silver Dollar is trained by Sam Chua and he bolted in at his first start, however that was on the polytrack over 1100 metres and the turf will be a question mark. Theo Keiser has been a top trainer of two years olds in Singapore in recent years and has no less than 4 runners the best of whom may be Rikioh who at least drew a good alley his remaining contenders  BringItHome, Rapport  and Mexborough Boy drawing tough gates. Of the others Tashi and Dragon Walk could run cheeky races from their good barrier draws.

Selections:-  War Affair,  Peace No War, Silver Dollar, Rikioh

Singapore Guineas (1600 metres, 3YO set weights, 500,000SGD, Group 1)

The Guineas is always an excellent race and is the third leg of the 3YO series, last year Michael Freedman dominated with Super Easy who will be going around in the Kris Flyer on Sunday, he has SuperNinetySeven engaged who is raced in the same interests. The challenge will be beating  the Sunny Yeoh trained Hussonet colt Step It Up who has won 6 from 7 including the first two legs of the series over the shorter journeys and comfortably beat Super Ninety Seven last time out over 1400 metres. The extra 200 metres will be in the Michael Freedman galloper’s favour and with Joao Moriera the pilot he could easily turn the tables. These two look the quinella.  If there is to be a surprise, the ZL Mok trained Philanthropist resumed with a strong win last start and the Pat Shaw trained Bale Star runs on well and should be suited by the mile. For the exotics include Zac Spirit, Alpha Centauri and Michael Freedman’s second string Silver Shadow.

Selections:-   SuperNinetySeven , StepItUp, Philanthropist, Bale Star.

Sunday Internationals

SIA Cup (2000 metres, SGD 3 million, Group 1 )

A terrific field goes around in this year’s renewal.  The John Moore trained Military Attack won the QE II Cup in Hong Kong last start and has looked good on the track since arriving, with Zac Purton steering from a perfect draw he should have the gun run  and be very hard to beat. Red Cadeaux will be well known to Australian racegoers having clocked up some serious frequent flyer points over the past few years, he won in Hong Kong  three starts back, is tough as teak and with Gerard Mosse  the pilot will be suited by the long straight at Kranji. The German horse Pastorius is an interesting runner, a star in his home country he scored a big win in the Prix Ganay, a Group race in France over 2000m and if he has acclimatized is a strong chance, he has drawn out a bit and will need to get cover early.  Dan Excel scored in the Champions Mile in Hong Kong, the 2000 metres may test but he is perfectly drawn in the ace. The Doomben Cup winner Mawingo has recently arrived in Singapore to be trained by Michael Freedman and is going to stay on after the Cup, his recent form is nothing flash, reportedly he has been “picky” with his food and he must be taken on trust. Amongst the locals the best chance is the mare Better Life who won the Singapore Gold Cup in November, she showed she is nearing her best with a strong win last time out over 2000 metres in the Singapore QEII Cup (Singapore Group 2);, trained by Singapore’s “Bart Cummings” Japanese conditioner Hideyuki Takaoka and to be ridden by Alan Munro she will keep them honest. For the exotics, include Hunters Light, Flax and Mull of Killough.

Selections:- Military Attack, Red Cadeaux, Pastorious,  Better Life

KrisFlyer (1200 metres, SGD 1 million , Group 1, leg of the Global Sprint Challenge)
Super Easy is a classy Michael Freedman trained sprinter who returned to his best form winning the Singapore Group 1 Lion City Cup last start, he has the home ground advantage, is nicely drawn in 6 and with Joao Moreira on top will be hard to beat. Bel Sprinter won the Galaxy in Sydney on resuming before a third behind Black Caviar, he can be moody but if he has handled the trip and the weather he will be the testing material, unfortunately he has the visitor’s draw in 10 and will probably have to go back and look to finish off strongly. The other Freedman runner  Mr Big is named after his heart not his body size;  he is as honest as truth and finished 2nd to Ato in this race last year, the field is stronger this time but with Corey Brown to steer cannot be discounted. Balmont Mast finished second in the Golden Shaheen in Dubai is perfectly drawn in 2 and must be respected.  Lucky Nine is a top sprinter from Hong Kong who won the Chairmans Sprint (HK Gp 1) in February, his last two efforts have been ordinary  but could win this if at his best. For the exotics include the Mike de Kok trained Kavanagh and the Japanese sprinter Dasher Go Go.

Selections:-  Super Easy, Bel Sprinter,  Mr Big, Balmont Mast