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What the KrisFlyer hopefuls did...

BALMONT MAST (IRE)

Came out for a hack over one lap of the Polytrack, up against the outside rails, under track rider Declan Quirke.

"We just went for a hack on the outside of the Polytrack," said Quirke.

"He pulled a little, as he does get wound up, but it's pretty normal for him. He's feeling great.

"I don't know if he will have a gallop, but it will probably be Friday if he does. The boss will let me know."

CAPTAIN OBVIOUS AND EL PADRINO (SIN)

Both Captain Obvious (Oscar Chavez) and El Padrino (Danny Beasley) came out for their hit-outs on the Polytrack, but in separate gallops. El Padrino clocked 35sec, while his grey stablemate went a shade quicker in 34.4sec.

"He has peaked at the right time," said Chavez of Captain Obvious. "He was raring to go and I just had to let him slide forward.

"He's in the best form he has ever been. I hope he does not get a low draw as he will get all fired up on the inside of runners - middle draw would be nice."

Beasley was equally pleased with El Padrino.

"He went over 1,000m and strode very well. He's in good form, and however good form he is in now, I hope he runs as well," said the Australian jockey.

"I hope it rains like today. A wet ground will enhance his chances because of his feet problems."

EMPEROR MAX (SIN)

After his Tuesday gallop, he was just hand-walked at the stable.

"Max just walked today. I will trot him tomorrow," said jockey Lisa Allpress.

GOAL KEEPER (SIN)

Galloped on Track 6 with a track rider aboard, clocking 33.3sec.

"He galloped in a good time and pulled up good," said trainer Theo Kieser.

"My track rider Anwar rode him as they get on very well. He will swim from now on and maybe do some trotting, but his job is pretty much done."

LUCKY NINE (HK)

As has become the norm, the defending KrisFlyer champion was the first horse out bright and early. It consisted of a quiet canter up and down Track 6 with work rider Richard So up, followed by a practice jump from the barrier stalls.

"Quiet day for him today," said trainer Caspar Fownes, who flew home to Hong Kong shortly after trackwork to prepare for the night meeting in Happy Valley. He will return to Singapore on Saturday night. "He just went for a quiet canter up and down that short track just outside there, just a little warm-up.

"Then he had some gate practice without the blinkers on. I was happy with the way he jumped. He ran last year without blinkers on as well."

MEDICEAN MAN (UK)

Slow canter over 1,600m on the Polytrack with track rider Samantha Ward astride.

"He was not sweating as much today, which is good," said travelling head lad Andy Kidney. "It's all about acclimatisation, especially to the humidity.

Ward said Medicean Man gave her a good feel during the easy spin.

"I didn't ride him in Dubai, only at home. So this is my first time riding him overseas," said Ward.

"All's good with him. He had an easy canter around the track."

ZAC SPIRIT (SIN)

Galloped on Track 6 with race-rider Alan Munro aboard. Sprinted the last 600m in 35.7sec.

"It was a good workout. He ran smoothly down Track 6 and probably did around 36sec," said Munro.

"He's in great shape and I'm very happy with his condition. He's got the home advantage and he will run a massive race on Sunday. Hold on to your hats."