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Time Odyssey shaping into a Derby horse

Trainer Patrick Shaw may be able to count on another Singapore Derby hopeful in TIME ODYSSEY, who gave his rivals a real spanking in yesterday's $80,000 Kranji Stakes C over 1,800m on the Polytrack.

The way Time Odyssey (above) put daylight between him and a handy field, made up of the likes of Blossoms Sequel and Ideal Guide, showed he would be a more than worthy running mate for the Group 1 race over 2,000m in July.

Beginning well from barrier No. 1, Time Odyssey briefly showed the way before handing over the lead to Sky Eleven.

The South African-bred four-year-old raised the tempo from the 600m mark to overtake the leader easily and the $13 favourite just exploded away inside the last 300m, jogging to the line six lengths clear of Hee's A Maverick (apprentice Rueven Ravindra).

Time Odyssey clocked the smart time of 1min 51.94sec, just 0.77sec outside the record established by Itiswhatitis in 2013.

With Shaw still holidaying in South Africa, his right-hand man Ricardo Le Grange heaped praise on the gelding and the smashing win.

"We always knew he was a smart horse, but he's also been a frustrating horse when he was not putting it together," said Le Grange.

"But he's really shown his true potential now. I believe he has matured and has gained more confidence as a racehorse.

"I think he does have a liking for the Polytrack, but he's also won on grass. We do have the Derby in mind for him."

Jockey Corey Brown, who was back from suspension on Friday, could not have hoped for a more emphatic way to open his 2016 account.

"My horse had an ideal run behind the leader, " said the Australian.

"Once we got to the front, he was never going to get beat. This horse keeps getting better and better and today he's beaten decent field with a lot of depth."