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Draco To Take That Next Step

Impressive first up winner Draco steps up in grade this evening but appears well placed to make it back to back in the final event at Singapore.

Draco To Take That Next Step

Impressive first up winner Draco steps up in grade this evening but appears well placed to make it back to back in the final event at Singapore.

Draco
Draco Picture:Singapore Turf Club

Trained by Cliff Brown, Draco Horseform had displayed decent ability during his maiden preparation, placing in two of three attempts.

He failed to fire behind Mr Lewis Horseform prior to a break, however he returned in a big way last start when making light work of his rivals over 1200m.


Ridden patiently by Michael Rodd, Draco settled towards the rear but always travelled strongly, slicing his way through the field before cut loose approaching the 300m.

Displaying a good turn of foot, Draco quickly swept to the lead, before asserting his authority late.

Eased down over the concluding stages, Draco saluted easily by 1.5L and looked to have a fair bit up his sleeve.

His performance was strong against the clock and given the race shape favoured those on-pace, it further highlighted the level of his performance.

Admittedly it is never easy for horses making the rise from a maiden to Class 4 company, however he strikes a fairly weak race and rates highly when assessing Timeform weight adjusted ratings.

Gerald Mosse replaces Michael Rodd and while drawn out, he was likely to settle in the back half of the field regardless.

Draco is sure to take good improvement from his first up success and if able to springboard off that mark this evening, he should prove very hard to beat.

The Mark Walker trained Champagne Reign Horseform has returned two encouraging performances to begin this campaign and appears set to peak racing third up.

A winner of three of his 18 starts, Champagne Reign has placed in two of four attempts over this trip and has drawn to receive all the favours.

While he hasn't won in 485 days, he is certainly more than capable and is expected to make his presence felt with the added aid of the claim.

The Stephen Burridge trained Lim's Casino Horseform went to the paddock in good form and appears more than capable of sprinting well fresh.

A winner of three of his 17 starts, Lim's Casino has placed in four of nine attempts over this trip and two of his three career wins have come at this track.

Leading rider Danny Beasley continues his association with the gelding, having placed in four of five attempts aboard the four-year-old.

From the inside draw he should adopt a prominent position from the outset and shouldn't be too far away.

Of the rest the Alvin Tan trained Muscular Dragon Horseform appears the next in line.

Only lightly raced, he has placed in two of seven attempts and has to be respected from the middle draw.

Good luck and happy punting.

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109501
R9 KRANJI 17 February 2017
CLASS 4 4, 1200m
FP
 
Horse
Age & Sex
Trainer
Jockey
WT
SP
 
1st  
9. DRACO (NZ)
3yo Gelding
CLIFFORD IAN BROWN
GERALD MOSSE
55.0
$2.60
 
FALKIRK (NZ) - REAL DEFENSIVE (NZ)
OLYMPIAN STABLE
2nd  
13. EL CAMINO (NZ)
4yo Gelding
YEOH KHENG SOON SONNY
JOHN SUNDRADAS
52.5
$96.80
 
TOBIQUE (AUS) - ALAPACHE (NZ)
ATL STABLE
3rd  
4. PALTROW (NZ)
5yo Mare
LAURIE KEVIN LAXON
MANOEL NUNES
57.0
$10.00
 
THORN PARK (AUS) - TESSICA (AUS)
 OSCAR RACING STABLE
4th  2. HERO I AM (AUS)
5yo Gelding
SHANE DONALD BAERTSCHIGER
MATTHEW KELLADY
58.5
$4.20
5th  12. DELFYNE (NZ)
6yo Mare
J O'HARA
Z ZURIMAN
52.5
$61.40
6th  1. CHAMPAGNE REIN (NZ)
5yo Gelding
MARK WILLIAM WALKER
R ZAWARI
56.5
$5.80
7th  11. MUSCULAR DRAGON (NZ)
4yo Gelding
TAN HAI WANG
O PLACAIS
54.0
$36.60
7th  8. SOUTHERN CHIEF (AUS)
5yo Gelding
MOK ZHAN LUN
OSCAR CHAVEZ
55.5
$21.00
9th  3. NATURAL IMPULSE (AUS)
5yo Gelding
D MEAGHER
SAIFUDIN ISMAIL
57.0
$66.00
10th  7. EXCELLENT ONE (AUS)
4yo Gelding
TAN HOR KHOON
KOH TECK HUAT CHARLARD
54.5
$41.80
11th  14. LET'S TALK NOW (NZ)
7yo Gelding
MOHD YUSOF BIN OTHMAN
C K NG
48.0
$44.60
12th  10. PHIDIAS (AUS)
4yo Gelding
KOH CHOR YUNG DESMOND
BENNY WOODWORTH
54.5
$30.40
13th  5. LIM'S CASINO (AUS)
4yo Gelding
STEVEN HAROLD BURRIDGE
DANNY BEASLEY
56.5
$7.20
14th  6. RAINBOW ROYAL (AUS)
3yo Colt
TAN HAI WANG
ALAN MUNRO
56.0
$31.80


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