Racing: Flying Fulton, Flash Gift are morning stars

Flash Gift winning his third race from as many starts in Race 6 at Kranji.

SINGAPORE - Two outstanding winners of recent trials continued to impress early morning risers when they came through Tuesday's trackwork at Kranji looking like definite winning hopes in Friday's races.

FLYING FULTON cantered one round before picking up speed to run the last 600m in 37sec flat, while FLASH GIFT had Joao Moreira in the saddle when he flew over the same distance in 35.2. Trackwatchers were in agreement that it was hard to find fault with either of them.

Flash Gift and Flying Fulton were seen at the trials on Aug 6 and, on that day, both came away with flying colours.

Flash Gift won his without even raising a sweat - beating his rivals by two lengths. He clocked 60.54sec for the 1,000m - a mighty fine time, indeed.

In an earlier trial that same morning, seven-year-old Flying Fulton left his rivals flat-footed when, with Jose Verenzuela in the saddle, he raced away to win in 61.20. Flying Fulton, with his rating of 109, headlines the Causeway Classic Stakes on Friday. To be contested over the 1,800m, it is a Singapore Group 3 event.

The seven-year-old has been asked to carry 59.5kg and, if anything, only that weight could be a stopper.

However, it is worth noting that Flying Fulton has been running good races recently. For one who is getting long in the tooth, he has won three of his last eight starts. His last win was in the Marsiling Classic, run over the 1,800m in March.

He took a break after that and returned only late last month when he finished down the course in a 1,400m race won by Super Ninetyseven.

Flash Gift will see action in the Open Benchmark 74 event over the flying 1,100m, also on Friday. He looks well in the reckoning, especially with the 53.5kg.

The four-year-old is a rising star in trainer John O'Hara's yard, having won three of his four starts at Kranji.

He attempted to make it four off the reel but was felled by One Smart Cat over 1,100m on the Polytrack last month. If anything, he looks raring to go and must be included in your plans when you're mapping your betting strategy for Friday.

 

brian@sph.com.sg

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