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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Shane’s comments

Friday night at Kranji

Race 4: Darci’s Boy
6.50pm NZ time

“It will be too short for him - he’s a miler - but it was the only race for him. If he can get up outside the leader, he’s a small chance but he won’t be as fresh as the other day.’’

Race 8: O’Reilly’s Dancer
8.55pm NZ time

“We’re using this as a trial because he needs the run. He doesn’t handle the polytrack and he’s coming back to 1800 metres. We went forward on him last time but we’ll ride him quieter on Friday and see if he can handle the track.’’

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News in brief

ROCK ME COUGHING: Trainer Stephen Gray didn’t pay up for Rock Me Easy to race this weekend as planned after the horse coughed a couple of times following his gallop on Tuesday. He is being treated with antibiotics and should be OK to run in three weeks.

MOONLIGHT WANES: A veterinary exam of Lincoln Moonlight failed to find anything amiss after he ran only sixth, four lengths from the winner on Friday night. The horse blundered on jumping, had to be eased off heels soon after, then was forced to race three wide throughout. Rider Matthew Kellady reported the horse raced keenly and tired noticeably in the run home.

SO LONG SAINT: Saint Lincoln will be sold to Malaysia after bleeding for the second time. The five-year-old won two of his 14 starts in Singapore for earnings of S$45,911.

MORE RAZZ: On The Razz enjoyed a roll in the sand before showing his first bit of sparkle at Kranji, running on well from last at the 300 metres to finish seventh. The 1000 metre trip was far too short for the son of Magic Albert, who is out of a Zabeel mare, but he is being fitted for a 1400 metre event in January.