Racing: Astrostar lights up Kranji

Racing: Astrostar lights up Kranji

The consistent ASTROSTAR lit up the training track at Kranji yesterday morning with his nice turn of foot.

Ridden by regular jockey Ivaldo Santana, the Sonny Yeoh-trained three-year-old sizzled over 600m on the Polytrack in 35.4sec.

The going was good.

The bay/brown gelding pulled up fresh as a daisy.

He should rake in win No. 4 from seven starts in the Kranji Stakes C event over 1,200m in Friday's Polytrack meeting.

If not for bad luck, Astrostar should have won his last start on Feb 16.

He was bumped on jumping and had difficulty obtaining a clear run from the 400m until the 200m.

Yet, he finished second, only a head behind the talented Super Kenny.

Friday's Group 3 Merlion Trophy over 1,200m on the Polytrack will be keenly contested, judging by the smart hit-outs from all the runners.

With the exception of Valevole, who galloped nicely on Monday, the rest of the nine hopefuls impressed with their work and looks on Tuesday.

The race will see the return of 16-time winner CAPTAIN OBVIOUS, who continued to shine by dashing over 600m in 35.4sec with Oscar Chavez astride.

The Steven Burridge-trained grey had signalled his strong intention by winning his trial impressively last Thursday.

Captain Obvious has not raced for a year but should run well fresh.

It is interesting to see whether Chavez is staying aboard or hopping over to the Alwin Tan-trained EL PADRINO, who clocked a smart 35.3sec yesterday with the Panamanian-born rider astride.

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