Young South African hoop takes the reins on unlucky Miracle Time on Sunday
Singapore trainer Stephen Gray has engaged talented South African jockey Callan Murray to ride Miracle Time at Kranji on Sunday.
And while the horse’s form line looks bleak, Gray is predicting he will run very well in the fourth race at 7.40pm NZ time.
“We’ve got a good, young strong jockey on and he has a great barrier draw in three.’’
Gray says while the form book shows Miracle Time ran only eighth at his last start, the horse ran very well with no luck.
Miracle Time began awkwardly, was heavily bumped soon afterwards then lost further ground when tightened for room after 300 metres.
“He was a bit stiff. But he showed a bit of courage to pick himself up and get going.
“I liked the way he got to the line. He made really good ground and wasn’t flogged to do it.’’
Miracle Time ran the fastest third sectional in the race to get within 2.7 lengths of the winner Corsa D’Oro.
Gray says after being typically slow to mature, like most Alamosas, Miracle Time has now matured and acclimatised to Singapore.
“He’s settled down a lot and he’ll start going well now. He’s no champion but he’s going to do well here. He’s a very sound horse.’’
Gray says Miracle Time probably needs blinkers but he’s not keen to rush into that. “I want to get him doing things right.’’
Gray says he’s pleased to have Murray on the four-year-old on Sunday, just a few days after his arrival in Singapore.
The champion apprentice in South Africa in 2015-16 he claims 370 winners and made headlines when riding three Grade I winners in a day at Turffontein on May 6, 2017.
The 22-year-old is in his second season in Hong Kong but has endured a dry spell for the last six months, along with a broken nose and suspension, and is looking forward to riding in Singapore where he has eight rides this weekend for six different trainers.
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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.’’
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.