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Blue Lagoon very fit

The speedy BLUE LAGOON looks set to return to the winning list in Race 5 at Kranji on Sunday.

The Hideyuki Takaoka-trained Japanese-bred showed his winning intention with a smart 600m gallop in 37.7sec with race-jockey M Zaki (right) up yesterday.

Blue Lagoon scored his only win on Nov 10 last year by leading all the way with Zaki aboard over Sunday's 1,000m trip, but was given a seven-month break after that.

The five-year-old resumed on June 16 and finished fourth. He followed up with another fourth on July 18. He led on both occasions.

With the two runs under his belt and yesterday's stylish gallop, he should be closely watched on Sunday.

Only one of Sunday's runners went against the clock yesterday.

That was from Takaoka's SILVER STREAK, who registered 39.2 with Alan Munro astride.

Silver Streak, whose best effort was a second from nine starts, is engaged in Race 3, which has only five runners.

IN KUALA LUMPUR, the Frank Maynard-trained BRASH SON issued a warning to his rivals in the Metro D event over 1,400m in Sunday's Race 4 with a two-round workout at Sungei Besi, reported NST.

Taken out by a track rider, the five-year-old Australian-bred gelding cantered two rounds on the sand track and pulled up looking in tip-top shape.

The going was good.

Brash Son, who arrived unraced, has three wins, two seconds and five thirds in 23 outings.

He went three-up in June, beating Plenty In Hand by two lengths in a Class 5 event over 1,300m in good going in Kuala Lumpur.

Last time out, he ran 10th to Cizen Gift in a Class 4 event over 1,200m in good going in Penang last month.

Workouts by Sunday's KL runners:

Race 1: Slow work: True Heritage, keeping form.

Race 2: Dark Express canter/42.8, improved. Nuwa (BN Kumar) pace work.

Race 3: Colourful Romance canter/38.8. Royal Show (SU Lim) 36.4, looking ready.

Slow work: Blazing Steed, improved.

Race 4: Slow work: Brash Son, looking well.

Race 5: Savour canter/42.6. Toshi Toshi (AK Lim) pace work.

Race 6: Real Mean canter/39.1, looking fit.

Slow work: Illusionist, looking well.

Race 7: Super Coco canter/38.9. Street Cat canter/40. West Two canter/38.9. Kim Albert (AK Lim) pace work.

Race 8: Chateauneuf Dupape canter/39. Kim Warrior (AK Lim) pace work.

Race 9: Charly B and Power Shaft (Race 1) 41, both in good shape. Birralee Road (Hanif) 37. Gold Star Princess canter/39.9.

Slow work: Good Good Luck, looking well.


With the exception of Kazuo, Ruapehu towers above his five rivals in Race 5 tonight. From barrier 1, he should prove hard to catch over his winning trip and surface. Kazuo, on the other hand, prefers a slightly longer trip.

- Tan Thean Loon, on his best bet Ruapehu, who will be ridden by Corey Brown