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Runners ready for $3.03m assignment

With just a a day to go before the Group 1 CECF Singapore Cup, the nine contenders for the $3.03 million 1,800m race were looking to stay fresh ahead of what is looking to be a serious test for each.

Yesterday, two more trainers joined the daily morning trackwork at Kranji. They were Frenchman Francis Graffard, who prepares SUMMER SURPRICE and Australian John Thompson who is in charge of AUVRAY and ORBEC.

Neither could fault their charges' preparation even if Thompson is only getting to know his former French duo. They are both four-year-old colts by Le Havre and were only shipped over from France to Australia about two months ago.

PARRANDA and MY OPTION

(Trainer: Christophe Clement)

Parranda cantered with track rider Rudy Nerbonne aboard and opened up over the last 600m. My Option only went for an easy canter. Both worked on Track 2.

"Parranda is in good shape and worked very well," said Clement's assistant-trainer Thomas Brandebourger.

"As for My Option, her major bit of work is all done. She's eating well and seemed happy on both surfaces."

BAJAN

(Trainer: Roger Varian)

Bajan did easy work on Track 2 with track rider Gilmar Pereira in the stirrups.

"She's doing well. I'm very happy with her," said caretaker foreman Thomas Brandebourger, helping out the Roger Varian team.

"She went quick on Wednesday and she's really fit and in very good form going into this race."

MING ZHI COSMOS

(Trainer: Nicolas Clement)

With track rider John Donguy up, Ming Zhi Cosmos trotted and cantered on Track 2 with Summer Surprice and opened up in last 400m.

"She is a frequent traveller and not much unsettles her. She's doing very well and only trotted and cantered today and will do the same thing tomorrow," said Donguy.

"I am very happy with her. She has travelled across very well and looks very well."

SUMMER SURPRICE

(Trainer: Francis Graffard)

Under the keen eye of trainer Francis Graffard, Summer Surprice, with track rider Anthony David up, trotted and cantered on Track 2 with Ming Zhi Cosmos and was asked to quicken up in the last 400m.

"She has taken some time to acclimatise, but she has started eating again and we are happy with that as the travel did take a bit out of her," said Graffard who arrived in Singapore on Wednesday.

AUVRAY and ORBEC

(Trainer: John Thompson)

Trainer John Thompson had Auvray and Orbec warm up on the Polytrack and work on the turf at a steady gallop.

"I'm very happy with both horses. They are doing very well," said Thompson.

ZULULAND

(Trainer: Jason Warren)

Took it easy with Michael Freedman's assistant-trainer James Peters.

"Zululand worked well yesterday and only trotted and did some light canter today and will do the same tomorrow. He was very sharp and is doing well," said Warren of the former David Hayes schooler.

TROPAIOS

(Trainer: Michael Freedman)

Just had a casual trot and canter on the uphill track with assistant-trainer James Peters in the saddle.

"He had his usual routine of going round the hill track at the back, which he normally does a few days before a race," said Freedman.

"Just keeping him ticking over till Sunday. All's good with him."