Friday 07 April 2017
Race 5: Open Benchmark 97 - 1100m
Horse no: 1
Time: 8.20 PM
Jockey: M RODD (59kg)
Starcraft (NZ) x Fire Song (NZ) 6yo gelding. He trialed well last week and is in good condition going into Friday's race. He's drawn wide in barrier 12 and the plan is to get back into a comfortable spot where he's happy travelling. The biggest issue would probably be carrying 59kg against what appears on paper to be a strong field. There's good speed upfront with several horses on speed, which might suit him. If he switches off early and gets into some clear galloping room in the home straight, hopefully he'll hit the line well and finish off strongly.
Race 7: Kranji Stakes C - 1400m
Horse no: 2
Time: 9.20 PM
Jockey: G BOSS (59.5kg)
Fastnet Rock (AUS) x Earthen Cool (AUS) 5yo gelding. He's come through his first run of preparation well and James is happy with his condition. He did some work with Glen Boss earlier in the week; Glenwas pleased with his work. On Friday he jumps from barrier 6 and we'll try to get him to the front to dictate the race from there. As it is a slightly easier grade than last time, he gets a weight of 59.5kg, which is tough to carry around. Hopefully if he doesn't get headed in the home straight he'll finish off well.