Ex-pat Australian Shane Baertschiger enjoyed a hot 2018 season, finishing second to Lee Freedman on the Singapore premiership with 59 wins.
Baertschiger enjoyed one of his best weekends over Easter when last year’s juvenile champion Be Bee won the $250,000 Singapore Three-Year-Old Sprint before Aramco bagged the $200,000 Group III Rocket Man Sprint.
Baertschiger, who took over in Singapore on the retirement of his father Don, began his career as stable supervisor at Bukit Time in 1996. He was granted his assistant trainer’s licence in 1999, just before the move to Kranji.
Baertschiger played a key part in the stable’s long list of big race winners including 2008 Lion City Cup winner Capablanca.
In 2013 in just the second year out on his own, he landed the Kranji Sprint with El Milagro.
Baertschiger finished third on the premiership in 2017 behind Michael Walker, saddling 61 winners.
He has eight horses in work for Lincoln Farms.
Stephen Gray, son of respected Kiwi trainer Kevin Gray, moved to Singapore in 2000 and quickly climbed through the grades to be among the most successful trainers at Kranji.
Gray, 54, finished eighth on the premiership in 2017 with 46 wins and sixth in 2016 with 53 wins.
One of Gray’s best moments in Singapore came when over one weekend he bagged the 2017 Singapore Gold Cup with Bahana and the Group II Barker Trophy with Lim’s Cruiser.
His earlier scalps included the 2007 Singapore Derby with Lim’s Prestige, 2001 Kranji Sprint with St Kentigern and 2003 Patron’s Bowl with Lim’s Reward.
Gray, who trained 33 winners last season, has six horses in training for Lincoln Farms at his Copper Belt stables.
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Friday night at Kranji
Race 6: Lucky Lincoln
1.20am NZ time
“He’ll need this run to get race fit. That’s why I’ve kept him to 1200 metres again. Distances of 1400 metres to a mile are best for him. His tendon still looks good which is the main thing.”
Sunday at Kranji
Race 1: O’Reilly’s Dancer
5.10pm NZ time
“This is his last run before he leaves for Malaysia. The 1600 metres will be too short for him again but I suppose the only plus is that he’s down to class five.”
Sunday at Kranji
Race 5: On The Razz
7.10pm NZ time
“It’s a very nice race for him and he’ll be extremely hard to beat. His last run was outstanding. He travelled three wide the whole way but still finished less than two lengths from the winner. The one negative is that it’s very dry and he’d love a bit of give in the track.”