Karis Teetan made a successful hit-and-run mission to Kranji last year, capturing the Group Two EW Barker Trophy, but he has set his sights a little higher this time around and is taking aim at Sunday’s Group One Singapore Gold Cup.
New Zealand trainer Stephen Gray provided the Mauritian Magician with his previous feature winner at Kranji, Lim’s Cruiser, and was keen to renew that association for Singapore’s biggest race.
Teetan will partner Newlands, who finished fourth in last year’s renewal of the 2,200m contest, and has drawn barrier one.
“I think he’s ready,” Gray said. “That horse can stay all day and I expect him to be in the mix, especially with his light weight.”
Gray will also saddle up last year’s winner Bahana, with Australian jockey William Pike booked for the ride, and while he admits neither horse has shown the same form in the lead-up races this season, he is keeping the faith.
“Bahana had a chip removed and was a bit rusty at his last couple of runs. He is peaking at the right time,” he said.
“The two horses are in good order. I expect both of them to run well.”
A lot of interest centres around the health of top weight Infantry, who suffered a nasty wound when winning the Group One Kranji Mile on October 1.
The Singapore Derby winner had to skip the Raffles Cup while he was recovering but trainer Alwin Tan believes “he’s in perfect condition”.
“If Manoel Nunes can relax my horse with a bit of cover, he’ll be right there as he’s got such a big heart,” he said.
The Jockey Club is simulcasting seven races from Kranji, as well as the Group One Queen Elizabeth II Cup from Kyoto, which features the likes of Vivlos, Rouge Buck and Deirdre and will kick off the programme at 2.40pm.