Veteran lightweight rider Ismail Saifudin holds the reins on Miracle Time at Kranji tonight.

Gray: Saifudin can steer Miracle Time into a place at Kranji tonight

Trainer Stephen Gray is expecting a vastly improved run from Miracle Time at Kranji tonight.

The Alamosa four-year-old lines up in the third race at 12.20am NZ time, with Gray adamant he can put behind him a surprisingly below par run when he resumed last month.

“I was scratching my head a bit after that race,’’ admits Gray of the horse’s ninth placing.

“But Daniel (Moor, jockey) said he blew out about the 200. He probably could have been harder on him but he said no need.

“It was his first-up run for the year and he’s much better than that.’’

In his previous start, on November 20, Miracle Time looked a quick improver when finishing on strongly for fourth over tonight’s 1400 metres.

“Daniel has been riding him in trackwork and he’s very happy with him.’’

Miracle Time will have a change of rider tonight because at 50.5kg, just 0.5kg above the minimum, he needs a lightweight jockey.

With Gray’s own apprentice Ismadi Amirul suspended, he has reached for veteran rider Ismail Saifudin, 49.

“The horse looks fantastic and has improved fitness-wise and I think he’s a good place bet.’’

Donna Logan’s topweight Corsa D’Oro is most favoured by the Singapore tipsters after a fine fresh-up third in January.

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Shane’s comments

Friday night at Kranji

Race 6: Darci’s Boy
2am NZ time

“The 1200 metres on the polytrack is short of his best but the way he trialled you have to like him a bit. I’m happy with the draw, it’s only a mediocre field, and I expect him to run well.’’

Race 8: Silent Prince
3.05am NZ time

“He’s in need of the run and from 15 at the gate he’ll go back to second or third last. I just want to see him working home nicely.’’

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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.