In an ordeal which might simply were handed off as the primary match of any weekend racecard, flashy Katak beat the very gifted Rocket Star to the honours, with four-time winner Strong N Best completing 3rd.
Also within the box, which contested Trial 2, have been Golden Flame, Big Tiger and Ablest Ascend who, between them, have shared 14 wins.
What a line-up. What an ordeal.
In all, the seven who confronted the starter on that sunny Tuesday morning had jointly gained 24 races at Kranji.
As anticipated, when egos collide, there was once quite a few posturing prior to, all over and, if I might danger a wager, even because the horses trotted again to their barns.
With a score of 102 issues, Katak was once a menacing determine in the back of the gates.
What extra, with Manoel Nunes within the saddle.
Stablemate Rocket Star had Jake Bayliss doing the navigating, whilst John Sundradas was once astride the Kuah Cheng Tee-trained Strong N Best.
With simply 3 trials being contested that morning, this hit-out garnered quite a few passion and it lived as much as its billing.
My Man, who has had two unplaced runs at Kranji however is being groomed for larger issues, set a cracking tempo and led from Ablest Ascend and Katak.
Strong N Best made a transfer and stayed glued to Rocket Star on the 600m mark, the place My Man – a winner of 4 high quality races in Argentina – dropped out of the fray.
Nunes took Katak widest when the sphere straightened. From there, they shaped a run.
Katak, striding out freely, simply crushed Strong N Best.
Like a scorching knife via butter, he quickly put sunlight between himself and the remaining.
A furlong out, Rocket Star were given going. But it was once sport over.
Katak was once house and hosed. He took the trial with two lengths to spare from his stablemate, who misplaced no marks when taking the runner-up spot.
The pair, who’re educated through Ricardo Le Grange, are being groomed for the large one arising on Saturday week.
That is the $1 million Group 1 Kranji Mile and what a race it guarantees to be.
Already a two-time winner this season, Katak ran a shocker in his ultimate get started on April 30.
He completed ultimate in that 1,400m race gained through Gold Star in direction document time.
But there have been excuses. He completed with cuts on each his hind legs.
Well, from what we noticed of him on the trials, Le Grange and the Singapore Turf Club vets have patched him up actual smartly. He appears ripe and able to sing their own praises within the first characteristic of the yr.
Rocket Star, the punters’ 3rd pick out in ultimate yr’s Kranji Mile which was once gained through Minister, may simplest run into “bronze” putting in that version.
But he is aware of what it’s all about and Le Grange has charted a pleasant passage into the race for this five-year-old son of Star Witness.
Le Grange and Nunes paired off once more within the ultimate trial, which noticed Everest rating a fluent win.
Again, it was once a solid quinella, with Superlative – the mount of Krisna Thangamani – slotting in for 2d spot.
A four-year-old whole, who arrived unraced in January ultimate yr, Everest has raced seven occasions for 2 wins, two seconds and a 3rd.
He has but to make an look this season. But he has now not been having a picnic in his stall. Le Grange has despatched him for 3 trials, together with the only on Tuesday when he clocked 61.50sec.
Will he desire a run – or two – prior to he may also be able to salute once more?
Maybe now not. After all, Everest gained on debut, after being dormant for over six months. It tells us that he races smartly when recent.
So, mark him down as a horse to apply. He is, as they are saying, able, keen and in a position.
Tuesday’s Kranji barrier trial effects:
1 Sacred Croix (R Shafiq)
2 Super Impact (J Bayliss)
3 Time Lord 4 Wealth Elite (WH
Kok) 5 Tiger Leap (R Stewart)
6 Eight Ball (CC Wong)
Margins and time: Shd, 2 3/4, 1/2, 6 1/2, 3 1/4 (1min 01.46sec)
1 Katak (M Nunes)
2 Rocket Star (Bayliss)
3 Strong N Best (S John)
4 My Man (O Chavez)
5 Ablest Ascend (Stewart)
6 Golden Flame (Ok Hakim)
7 Big Tiger (Wong)
Margins and time: 2, 1/2, 1 1/4, Shd, 2 3/4, shd (1:00.38)
1 Everest (Nunes)
2 Superlative (T Krisna)
3 Mariana Trench (Stewart)
4 Rocket Ryane (Bayliss)
5 Try Mak Mak 6 Prodigal
(M Lerner) 7 Royal Return (Chavez) 8 Deception (Hakim)
Margins and time: 1 1/4, 1 1/2, nk, 1/2, 1/2, hd, 1 1/2 (1:01.50)