Red Letter Day For Pistolet
Red Letter Day For Pistolet
By Man On The Spot

Krypton Factor

Sunday Kranji 12:50 Krisflyer International Sprint

Rocket Man’s absence from this Grade 1 sprint should allow KRYPTON FACTOR to gain his second success at this level after a brilliant performance in the Golden Shaheen at Meydan. Kieren Fallon was in invincible form on the Bahrain-trained star in Dubai and has flown in to renew acquaintance. The one proviso is the ground as he’s rarely started in such conditions but he’s still improving and has to be the selection. Jane Chapple-Hyam sends ‘Abbaye runner-up Secret Asset with George Baker on board and the seven-year-old won’t mind the conditions. He did about as well as could be expected in the Al Quoz at Meydan but at least is drawn best of all and the journey shouldn’t be wasted. Mick Halford’s Invincible Ash was also behind in the Al Quoz having earned his place with a fine victory three weeks earlier. Captain Obvious beat Hitchens at Meydan in January and returned home early to be prepared for this.

Sunday Kranji 13.40 Singapore Airlines International Cup

CHINCHON gets the vote as he finished a close fifth in this a year ago and looks to have been primed for a better effort on ground he will love. He had the worst of the draw in the Group 1 QEII Cup at Sha Tin where the local veteran Thumbs Up, who makes a very rare appearance outside of Hong Kong, ran his usual game race to finish second. with Zaidan fourth and California Memory close-up fifth. City Style had a very good Dubai Carnival culminating in a fine effort in the Dubai Duty Free and has to go on the short-list though he’s a very rare performer on soft ground. Dream Peace will love the conditions while El Dorado looks best of the locals having won the Gold Cup on soft going here.

Sunday Auteuil 15:35 Grand Steeple-Chase’De Paris

The richest jumps race in France may not quite carry the same prestige as a Grand National or Gold Cup but it’s seen its fair share of thrills and spills down the years and the famous Juge’De Paix is as fearsome as any obstacle at Aintree. Remember Rose, Polar Rochelais and Mid Dancer, the last three winners of the Grade 1 chase, are all in action again with Ruby Walsh set to partner the former for Jean-Paul Galorini, who has trained more than 1,700 winners over jumps including this contest three times. David Casey rides the blinkered Chavoy but he appears to have plenty to find with another Gallorini runner, Shannon Rock. PISTOLET ROUGE has really got his act together lately at Auteuil, winning a Grade 3 and a Grade 2 over 2m6f at the track since the middle of March. His ability to stay the longer trip has to be taken on trust but he has the form to land this if lasting home, though Rubi Ball would go close if bouncing back from a couple of recent setbacks.

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