Check out what Vlad has to say about Cru Bourgeois: He’s all over a winner

Everything points to Cru Bourgeois winning at Kranji on Sunday.

The horse lines up at 7.50pm NZ time in a weak S$20,000 maiden, almost completely devoid of form, and trainer Stephen Gray reports he looks “fantastic” and is “flying” in his work.

One of three horses who were recently put into a partnership by Lincoln Farms, Cru Bourgeois looks the most progressive and both Gray and champion rider Vlad Duric expect him to win.

While Gray says he hates tipping horses as outright winners to his owners, he says “he’ll go super-duper.’’

Gray has been in Auckland for the Karaka yearling sales this week but he says reports from Duric have the horse working very well.

And Cru Bourgeois (black and pink colours) showed in a trial 10 days ago that he was in great nick, going to the line untested for third to race rival Sacred Croix.

Duric, who never let the horse loose that day, later said he’d be disappointed if Cru Bourgeois didn’t win this week.

Duric, last season’s champion jockey, said every time he rides the horse he gets better and he expects him to progress to at least class three level.

“He’s really matured,’’ says Gray who has given the Burgundy four-year-old plenty of time to develop.

Cru Bourgeois will be having just his second start after a terrific debut last November when he ran into a talented one in I’m Incredible, taking ground off the leader late to run him to half a length.

That effort has him a popular first selection by all bar one of the Singapore tipsters.

While Gray says he hasn’t looked at the ability of the two first-starters in the race, Ganassi has trialled twice for an eight and a sixth and Scooter has run three seconds.

The only horse in the race with any form is Glamorous who has been well tried with four placings from 11 starts.

Cru Bourgeois is almost a unanimous first selection among the Singapore tipstersCru Bourgeois is almost a unanimous first selection among the Singapore tipsters

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Stephen’s comments

Sunday at Kranji

Race 7: Miracle Time
9.05pm NZ time

“He’s had minor throat surgery for a displaced palate and he trialled really well the other day (when third). He gets a 2kg claim with Simon Kok, has a good draw, and I think he’ll run really well.”

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