Pratt Street gets the gate he needs and our boy Craig’s on again
Pratt Street looks the best bet of the three horses racing in the Lincoln Farms’ yellow and black quarters in Singapore this weekend.
Pratt Street was labelled a big improver by rider Craig Grylls after his last start on September 23, when he was trapped wide from a bad alley and still looked likely at the 200 metre mark before weakening.
Grylls told Marsh the six-year-old would be a good winning chance at his next start if he drew well - and his wishes have been granted, Pratt Street landing the two gate.
Pratt Street also drops in grade on Sunday, Marsh electing to start him in a Kranji D event, the opening race at 5.50pm NZ time.
“Craig will be riding him again and he was very happy with Pratt Street’s last piece of work on Wednesday morning,’’ says Marsh.
“He will be racing on the E short course which is suitable for horses who race up handy. I will have a good talk with Craig on the way we should ride him and we’re looking forward to his run.’’
On The Razz debuts for Lincoln Farms on Friday night, Marsh hoping to learn a lot more about the youngster from his run.
The Magic Albert three-year-old contests the second race at 11.50pm NZ time, a 1200 metre restricted maiden for a stake of S$85,000, where he will clash with another Lincoln Farms runner in Lincoln City.
Marsh says he decided to run On The Razz first-up on the grass track because he didn’t show much when trialled on the polytrack on September 18, when third of six.
“We’ve managed to get Michael Rodd to ride him and are looking forward to his feedback.
“He is still a young and growing horse and hopefully he will run well. I was quite happy with his last gallop.’’
On The Razz jumps from gate eight in the 12-horse field.
Lincoln City, who will load into gate two under apprentice Amirul Ismadi, has been disappointing in both his race starts but trainer Shane Baertschiger is hoping he will improve racing on the grass track.
Lincoln City has beaten only one home each time he has raced but Baertschiger suspects he simply doesn’t handle the polytrack.
Our runners this week
Friday night at Kranji
News in brief
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.