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 Baertschiger

Shane’s comments

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.”

Shane Baertschiger

Shane’s comments

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.”

Stephen Gray

Stephen’s comments

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.”

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