Friday's Singapore stipendiary Stewards' report highlights
FLY FREELY: Slow into stride.
HAPPY FOREVER: Jumped awkwardly inwards; bumped.
GILT LAD: Bumped.
CHILLI: Bumped on two occasions.
PURE WHITE: Bumped on two occasions; raced wide.
SPEEDY DWARF: Crowded.
JUST DUIT: Raced wide.
WINBELL: Jockey I Saifudin, when questioned, said that after beginning well, he was going to be caught in a four or five wide position, so he elected to improve forward and sit outside the leader and obtain a position close to the rails. He added that Winbell travelled comfortably until the hometurn, where he placed his mount under pressure but the gelding failed to respond to his riding. He felt that the horse proved disappointing. His explanation was noted.
STATE TROOPER: Apprentice K Toh rode his 10th winner on State Tropper and will be permitted to claim only 3kg (from 4kg) with effect from tomorrow.
WONDERFUL ERA: Jumped awkwardly outwards; made contact.
WIMBLEDON: Made contact.
ART OF WAR: Jumped awkwardly inwards; made contact; hung outwards; steadied; raced greenly.
IKTO: Began awkwardly.
ACE RICH: Jumped awkwardly outwards; bumped; laid outwards.
RUAPEHU: Jumped awkwardly inwards; bumped.
POWER LIN: Bumped.
PATERSON ROAD: Began awkwardly; returned cast off-fore plate.
BEAUTIFUL WORLD: Steadied when crowded; raced wide.
LION BAROWS: Raced wide; checked when crowded.
SINGLE ACT: Checked.
WARISAN: Fractious in the barrier, broke through, galloped riderless for some distance and was withdrawn.
TONGARIRO: Began awkwardly; taken outwards to obtain clear running.
BLOSSOMS SEQUEL: Jumped awkwardly inwards.
ATELIER LIBRE: Slow into stride.
ZAC VELOCITY: Raced keenly; steadied after becoming awkwardly placed; raced poorly.
DRAGON G: Raced wide.
NEW YORK CITY: Bumped.
INVICTUS: Laid inwards.
DRAGON SPIRIT: Steadied when crowded.
XIN TREASURE: Taken inwards; raced wide.
APPRECIATION: Steadied outwards.
IMACRUISER: Steadied when crowded.
GREAT LIGHT: Taken inwards; raced poorly; jockey I Santana, when questioned, said that near the 800m, he felt that the horse was not striding out freely. He added that approaching the turn, he became concerned with the action of the gelding and therefore eased Great Light out of the race. His explanation was noted. A veterinary examination revealed no abnormality.
MYSTICAL DIAMOND: Slow into stride; lost ground when crowded.
ON TWISTTER: Jumped awkwardly inwards; shifted outwards abruptly after being struck with the whip, resulting in his rider becoming very unbalanced.
THREE WHIP: Crowded.
TRIPLE GOALS: Bumped.
SING A SONG: Raced wide; bumped; a veterinary examination revealed that the horse exhibited signs of respiratory distress after the race.
NEWFOUNDFAME: Lost ground after being crowded; jockey M Zaki, when questioned, said that his mount was a little slow into stride and was then crowded near the 1,600m mark. From that point onwards, the horse never travelled well and failed to respond to his riding from the 800m and was generally disappointing. His explanation was noted.
MAGICAL TALENT: Slow to begin; bumped.
NATURE IS NATURE: Carried inwards; eased; proved difficult to settle.
CAPTIVATE: Carried inwards; proved difficult to settle.
ALFONSO: Proved difficult to settle; bumped.
YES BABA: Proved difficult to settle; hung outwards and proved difficult to ride from the 600m mark; steadied.
SWEET LODGE: Raced wide.
BALLY BOY: Brushed; bumped.
SUGAR MAN: Brushed.
BEAT TO QUARTERS: Bumped.
INTENTION: Bumped on two occasions.
HIDDEN VENTURE: Steadied when crowded.
SIR FLEETWOOD: Bumped; fell near the 500m mark and dislodged his rider; a veterinary examination revealed that the horse returned lame off-fore.
TOMORROWS DREAMS: Hung outwards.
GOLDEN MISSION: Began awkwardly; steadied when crowded; proved difficult to settle.
KISS ME: Began awkwardly.
HIDDEN ART: Proved difficult to settle; checked.
RISING EMPIRE: Raced wide.
ASSERTIVE LAD: Checked when crowded.
BENJI'S RULE: Apprentice Y Ruzaili reported that the gelding had returned with his saddle having shifted back during the race.
El Milagrolooks too strong for his rivals
Impressive last-start winner EL MILAGRO is maintaining form and should be hard to beat again in Race 9 today.
Although he is the highest-rated galloper in the race, he is not giving much to most of his rivals, while two others will be carrying 2.5kg more than him under the conditions of the Open Stakes race.
The Shane Baertschiger-trained five-year-old was raring to go in his gallop last Wednesday but hard held by race-rider Danny Beasley.
The other plus factor is that he is drawn beautifully in gate 2.
- TAN THEAN LOON