The third meeting of the 2021 season and like a good old-fashioned handicap event, Vlad Duric now starts his Champion Jockey title defence. 

Race 1

1st Pick: BLACK QUAIL (1)

New apprentice jockey Jerlyn Seow lost no marks on him last time out. Stablemate What You Like snuck up on the inside to deny Seow the fairytale start. Has maintained the same form and can go one better.

2nd Pick: RED CLAW (5)

Not getting any younger, but can still deal a blow once in a while. Don’t overlook him especially from the handy barrier.

3rd Pick: WELL DESERVED (4)

More suited by Polytrack. Blinkers back on. Drawn out but with Vlad Duric on, he will be given every chance.

4th Pick: SUPER GREAT (9)

Not a model of consistency but with a senior jockey in the saddle, he may give a better account of himself here.

Race 2

1st Pick: MALIBU BEACH (7)

Four-year-old US-bred grey who looked forward enough at his barrier trials. Won’t surprise if he scores first-up.

2nd Pick: HAPPY FRIDAY (1)

Stuck on well for third last start. Among those with a more polished record in this. Warrants respect.

3rd Pick: NEW GARDEN (5)

Recent efforts have been encouraging. Improver who can strike a blow here.

4th Pick: SPEARHEAD (8)

Knocking on the door. Raced handier last start and stayed on nicely for third. If he brings that form here, a place on the podium is on the cards.


1st Pick: BASILISK (4)

Conditions suit this six-year-old and the booking of Ruan Maia is a massive plus. Big run expected here. 

2nd Pick: LONGHU (10)

Well handicapped on best and has won a recent trial. Interesting.

 3rd Pick: KHARISMA (2)

Has three course and distance wins to his name and is reunited with Marc Lerner. Include. 


Returning after a lengthy break and has trialled nicely for this race. An each-way hope and one to follow going forward.


1st Pick: STARLIGHT (11)

Hard to get past this Headwater three-year-old after his impressive debut win. Switch to Polytrack should not pose any problem. Back-to-back wins looks a shoo-in from barrier No 2.

2nd Pick: INFINITE WISDOM (10)

Brilliant runner-up to Boomba in the Group 3 Singapore Golden Horseshoe despite an interrupted prep. Passes unnoticed on training tracks but turns it on in his races. Can challenge favourite.

3rd Pick: BE YOU (12)

Looked home at his comeback from four-month spell, but was nabbed on the line. Will strip fitter for this. Big threat.

4th Pick: SPEEDY MISSILE (2)

Lost rider last start. Scored at previous run. Brow roll on. Not a bad sort and is worth a few place wagers in this.


1st Pick: WHERE SHE’S HAPPY (1)

Winning post came up too soon for her at her last start. Working a treat and is overdue for that maiden win.

2nd Pick: NAJAH (11)
Won over course and distance at his last start. Looks well in on weights. Will be thereabouts.

3rd Pick: ETWAS NEUES (2)

Better off when ridden from off the pace. Followed a little too handy last time out. Take on trust.

4th Pick: TSURIAN (8)

Getting long in the tooth, but showed he was not yet ready to be put to pasture with a fast-finishing second to Najah last time out. Can turn the tables on Najah with the two-kilo pull in weights.


1st Pick: DECRETO (2)

Has been racing more consistently since his win back in September. In rattling form and is a must-have for your combination bets.

2nd Pick: DAVID’S STAR (9)

The booking of Ruan Maia is a solid guide as to stable confidence. Nice gate. Held on better at his last start but faded late to run fourth to Forever Good.


May find this a touch sharp, but if they roll along upfront, he can spring an upset.

4th Pick: JK FLASH (11)

Still winless after 17 starts but seems to have made solid headway after the lockdown. Breaks from handy barrier. Not to be underestimated.


1st Pick: SIAM WARRIOR (4)

Still the only horse to have beaten the mighty Inferno and is only one point higher than that win here. The booking of Vlad Duric is key, as he has never been beaten on this James Peters-trained runner. Big chance. 

2nd Pick: SOLAR ECLIPSE (11)

Up in grade here but looks very progressive and is nicely weighted now in Class 3 company. 

3rd Pick: WASSERGEIST (10)

Caught the eye in a recent trial and can prove to be the value play in the race.

 4th Pick: AUGUSTANO (1)

Down in grade and the claim will certainly help as well. Never out of the first two in this class.


1st Pick: CARIBBEAN LADY (1)

A chance can be taken with this mare off top weight with the excellent Louis-Philippe Beuzelin back in the plate. 

2nd Pick: ASAAD (2)

The form horse in the race on recent efforts. Respected. 


A fair third last time out and wouldn’t surprise to see another nice run here. 

4th Pick: LADY FAST (10)

Holding her form well currently and is one for the exotics.


1st Pick: MR MALEK (3)

A very classy sort who has not been seen for 83 days. He has a super record fresh and has trialled extremely well for this return. The 3kg claim should help matters too. One to beat. 

2nd Pick: SUPER DYNASTY (6)

Stablemate of the selection and is ‘well in’ on his Group 3 Colonial Chief Stakes success in December. Has won two over this course and distance and should go very close. 

3rd Pick: CHURCHILL (9)

An excellent run in defeat in a good Kranji Stakes A last time out and has a nice racing weight here. One for the multiples. 

4th Pick: SINCERELY (12)

Still progressing and was third in the Colonial Chief Stakes last start. He can build on that furthermore.



In form and still very progressive and has a nice light weight here. Leading chance. 

2nd Pick: MY BIG BOSS (1)

Would go very close on the pick of his form and has conditions to suit him. 

3rd Pick: HEADHUNTER (13)

If he gets into the field, he is a leading chance having won last time. 

4th Pick: FLAK JACKET (2)

Clearly no back number just yet at the age of 10 and once again, he has a solid hope here.

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