Gray's Louey Veloce works up a storm
Trainer Stephen Gray, who saddled his 600th winner - and, for good mesaure, No. 601 - on the recent Monday afternoon meeting, could continue to rack them up with LOUEY VELOCE on Sunday.
The son of No Excuse Needed was in good order when running the 600m in 38.2sec at Kranji yesterday morning.
Just a one-time winner from 17 starts, Louey Veloce was a good thing beaten in his last start when he charged home a little too late and had to settle for a third - just a length behind the winner Supersonicsurprise with longshot Fine Choice the meat in the sandwich.
That effort on Jan 6 came two months after he had opened his Kranji account with a fluent win in a Class 4 sprint over the 1,000m.
He had earlier placed third - after hitting the front 50m out - in an 1,100m race which needed a print of the finish to decide the outcome. Northern Boss eventually got the nod from Jelly Bean. But what a finish it turned out to be.
Louey Veloce goes over that same distance on Sunday and if he runs to form there should be a sizeable cheque in the mail.
Also impressive on the training track yesterday were DUKE OF NORMANDY and ROCK EAGLE.
Duke Of Normandy, who previously raced as Air Force One, had Vlad Duric on the reins when clocking 39.3secs for the 600m while "Harry" Kasim was astride Rock Eagle for his 600m in 39.5sec.
Duke Of Normandy is better than his solitary win from 12 starts seems to suggest.
Indeed, he came close just a fortnight ago when second by just half a length behind Mangatoetoenui. That, after "running into traffic" and unable to get a clear passage between the 500m to the 300m mark of the 1,600m event.
If you had backed him then, stick with him on Sunday when he goes over 1,800m. He will appreciate the extra distance and should make amends.
As for Rock Eagle, who meets a Class 4 Division 2 field on Friday, he looked in good enough trim on the training track to make it a race-to-race double.
Gallops by horses engaged on Friday and Sunday
OPEN BENCHMARK 97 - 1,000M (POLYTRACK): Sebas * 41.2. Speedy Dragon * (Y Salim) 39.1. The General * (Vorster) canter/35.1. Nova Warrior * (Placais) 35.9.
CLASS 4 - 1,800M: Duke Of Normandy * (Duric) 39.3. Lim's Elusive * (Beasley) 36.9. Pentagon * (Sam) 41.1. City Of Kirkwall 37.5. Arr Flair * 36.9. Precious Gem (Amirul) 37.5. Good Deal (E Aslam) 40.8.
CLASS 4 - 1,200M: Lim's Bullet * 37.7. Amazealot 36.2.
CLASS 4 (1) - 1,100M (POLYTRACK): Oliver (Beasley) barrier/39. Lizaz * (Duric) barrier/36.7. Cavatina (Woodworth) canter/37.3. Desert Fox * (I Saifudin) 37.5. Imperial Boy (John) 36.9.
MONDAY: Orchard Road pace work/44.6.
CLASS 4 (2) - 1,100M (POLYTRACK): Louey Veloce * 38.2. Super Brilliant 40.1. Kazuo * (Toh) 38.9. Let's Talk Now 37.8.
CLASS 5 - 1,700M (POLYTRACK): Happy Saga (Placais) 36.5. Spirit Seven (O Chavez) canter/37.9. Golden Coin 43.7. Great Warrior (John) 41.6. Money King * (M Ewe) canter/36.2. Simpang (Wong) 44.2.
CLASS 5 - 1,200M: Rosegold 41. Turquoise Son (Wong) 41.6. Probo Chandroso (Placais) 37.9. Petite Victoire (Placais) 36.6..
CLASS 5 (1) - 1,100M (POLYTRACK): Satchmo * (Toh) pace work/36.9. Super Joy 37.8. Super Eight H (Chavez) canter/37.9.
MONDAY: Super Eight 44.2.
CLASS 5 (2) - 1,200M (POLYTRACK): Ron (Koh) 37.7. I-Scream Now (Rodd) 37.6. Golden Rosewood (I Azhar) canter/39.1.
MONDAY: Lion Wave pace work.
OPEN MAIDEN - 1,200M (POLYTRACK): Hydrant (Woodworth) canter/37.9. Ollie Eagle * (A'Isisuhairi) 38.1. Chamarel 45. River Gold (Woodwortw) barrier/38.
RESTRICTED MAIDEN - 1,400M: Funkadelic 39.1. Magnificent (MM Firdaus) 36.5.
OPEN BENCHMARK 83 - 1,700M (POLYTRACK): Castor * (T See) 37.4. Squire Osbaldeston (V Duric) 440.4. Casing Royal (A Munro) 37.4. Robin Hood * (O Placais) 37.9. Golden Diamond * (T See) 41.2.
MONDAY: Zeus * 40.2. Terms Of Reference (N Juglall) canter/34.6.
OPEN BENCHMARK - 1,000M (POLYTRACK): Jelly Bean * (J Powell) 38.9. Anonymous * (S John) 39.9. Eatons Gold * (R Zawari) 43. Mighty Conqueror * (R Shafiq) 41.3. Roselli 42.1. Senator * 34.9. Caorun * (M Kellady) 37.9. Reach For The Sun (B Woodworth) canter/37.1. Winning Man * (K A'Isisuhairi) 36.2.
MONDAY: Maidanz Beauty (R Azhar) 35.4. Supersonicsurprise 36.8.
CLASS 4 - 1,600M (POLYTRACK): Smart Vintage * (M Rodd) canter/39.7. Storm Trooper 44.5. Classified H (Duric) 36.3. Turquoise King 45.2. Mongolian Chief * canter/36.4. Nova Spirit * (Placais) 39.1. O'Reilly Bay * canter/37.7. Dragon G 38.5. Cordoba 39.1.
MONDAY: Mighty Kenny * (B Vorster) canter/34.7. Johnny Kongos (Vorster) canter/35.8.
CLASS 4 (1) - 1,400M: Sun Empire (N Alfian) canter/37.1. Ancient Warrior * (Zawari) 42.9. Laughing Buffalo H (Rodd) 38.9. Queen's Seven * canter/36.2. Allez (M Nunes) barrier/37. Red Rackham (S Sam) 41.1.
MONDAY: Imperial March (Juglall) canter/35.7. Really Capable * (I Amirul) 35.4. Mettlesome (K Toh) 38.9.
CLASS 4 (2) - 1,400M: First Precinct 40.2. Damon * (Shafiq) 38.9. Rock Eagle * (A'Isisuhairi) 39.5. Gold Crown * 38.9. Sun Thunder (Alfian) canter/37.3. Heavenly Hand 37.8. Holy Thomas 37.6.
MONDAY: Golden Peninsula * canter/43.2. Proud Pinoy * (R Azhar) 39.7. Giorgio (K Toh) 39.6. The Dodger (R Azhar) 38.5.
CLASS 5 - 1,600M: Racing Talent (G Boss) 39.2. Brahms And Lisdt 45. Amistad * (M Ewe) 37.3. Bohemian 38.3. Shuying Xiaoxiao * (WS Chan) 37.1. Sun Dance (Alfian) canter/37.9. Manmadhan 40.4. Zahir (Z Zuriman) canter/37.7.
MONDAY: Percius 40.9. Dayuan 35.8. Tiger Bay * 40.8. Destiny Knight (Amirul) 38.2.
CLASS 5 (1) - 1,400M: Aeolus 41.5. Lee Man 38.2. One O Nine * (TH Koh) 35.9. Emperor Warrior 37.6. Lady Liberty canter/44.2. The Raid (Boss) 39.6. Tenma (D Beasley) 38.5.
MONDAY: Mozart Eclipse * 39.4. Pusong Pinoy (Amirul) 37.5. Tenma 45.
CLASS 5 (2) - 1,400M: Natural Nice (Powell) canter/39.2. Mr No Problem (A'Isisuhairi) 36.9. Sing Express 40.4. Aureus (Chan) 39.3. Evertrust (CC Wong) pace work. Lucky Come 39.2. Aladdin 41.1.
MONDAY: Spur Me On 37.8.
RESTRICTED TERMS - 1,100m (POLYTRACK): Pomp (B Woodworth) canter/38.9. Good Justice 45. Super Genius * (Kellady) 38.9. Matsuribayashi 38.3.
MONDAY: Khudawand * 38.7. Lim's Royal 43.5.