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Take Tim in Ten @ Kranji

horse racing at Kranji

A regular Moreira mount, the champion hoop retains the ride on Tim this afternoon and from barrier two it should just be a matter of “sit and steer”.

In a very competitive Kranji Stakes A on Sunday, several of Singapore's up-and-coming sprinters do battle over 1200m, headed by the exciting Huka Falls, but there is more value to be had in another race on the card.

That event is race 9 and it is going to be a strong form reference, but the following race is where the focus is for punting - a competitive class 4 over 1000m.

The Laurie Laxon-trained galloper Tim ticks most of the boxes for the race and will prove very hard to beat.

A regular Moreira mount, the champion hoop retains the ride this afternoon and from barrier two it should just be a matter of "sit and steer".

The lightly-raced three-year-old has a win and two placings from five career starts, all on the poly. Timeform rated 67 off that form, two back he took an initiation stakes over 1200m then found My Reign slightly too strong over 1100m in a novice plate.

On that occasion he could be considered slightly unlucky as he was forced to cover an excessive amount of additional ground when racing with the speed, so the pressure was on from the start. I liked the way he never gave up and the drop back to 1000m this afternoon will definitely be in his favour.

Moreira and Laxon provide one of the most formidable combinations in Singapore, the pair striking at a remarkable 29% from close to 150 match ups. Tim should improve those statistics.

The rapidly improving Southern Boss is the danger.

The talented three-year-old has raced three times, all on the poly for two wins. He is Timeform rated 78 off that form.

His stunning win on debut over 1200m in maiden class stamped him as a horse going places. That is why he started odds on favourite at his second race start but he failed to run to those expectations finishing unplaced.

However there were genuine excuses as he was asked to work too hard through the first 600m going at 17.0 m/s. Little wonder he stopped in the last 300m.

Last start saw Manoel Nunes take the mount in a similar race to that he contests today. Ridden with more patience Southern Boss returned to top form. Sitting off the speed after a slow start, he covered additional ground up on the back of the early speed.

He challenged soon after entering the straight, getting clear 200m from home and just holding out Moova Hoova to win in a close finish.

That was 30 days ago but I am expecting that freshen up to bring him on again for this assignment.

Admittedly, Southern Boss rises in weight from his last start victory but he will continue to improve.

That's Gold is another galloper who reserves his best for the poly, the seven-year-old racing well at this class and distance.

He comes off a 30-day break when close up third to Southern Boss and prior to that scored by over a length from Rough Dance.

He gets the four kilo claim for young Dellorto which has been atop the gelding at his last two runs. The claim will be an advantage again. That's Gold normally races handy and from barrier 10 will surely have to be ridden for speed again.

The Mark Walker stable will be represented by Hilton and Zac Heaven Timeform rated 63 and 58 respectively.

Both are winning hopes but on weight-adjusted ratings, I lean slightly towards to the improving Zac Heaven.

This fellow has raced twice since a spell, both times getting home well in the concluding stages. In terms of weights he comes right into calculation with the 3kgs claim for K A'Isisuhairi, who is a most capable apprentice in Singapore.

Zac Heaven will get back but should be getting home fast in the closing stages.

Previous fresh-up winner Powerpac looks an interesting opponent.

Timeform rated 69,he brings some excellent form lines and ratings to the race. If repeated it would see him take Tim right to the wire.

Powerpac has not raced since August last year when there were genuine excuses for his unplaced run.

Fresh-up last preparation he powered away from his rivals over the 1000m on the poly to beat Smart Idea but prior to that had the benefit of two trials.

He comes into today's race with no official trial under his belt which is a concern.

Timeform 1.2.3 Best Horse Betting @ Kranji
(1) Tim
(2) Southern Boss
(3) Thats Gold

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