The Emperor Returns On Sunday

Kranji first due off @ 06h30 on Sunday

After missing out the Gr3 Silver Bowl on 9 June due to injury, Pacific Emperor will now get his chance to show why he is one of the best four-year-olds in Singapore in the SG$150,000 Gr2 Stewards’ Cup on Sunday at Kranji.

Three weeks ago, connections could only watch on as Lim’s Saltoro landed the Silver Bowl. It was revealed that Pacific Emperor suffered from a stone bruise after finishing a credible fifth to Lim’s Kosciuszko in the Gr1 Kranji Mile on 18 May.

Pacific Emperor seen here at his last win in the Group 3 Merlion Trophy last October

Pacific Emperor seen here at his last win in the Group 3 Merlion Trophy last October (Pic – STC)

The setback, while untimely, was a minor one. The son of Caravaggio was back in work quickly, with his preparation for Sunday’s assignment capped off with a good barrier trial on Tuesday when he did his best work late to finish third to Bravo Kid.

A winner of the 2023 Gr3 Merlion Trophy and recent good form around the best middle-distance horses in Singapore in the Kranji Mile, Pacific Emperor looks to be a serious winning chance back against his own age group in the Stewards’ Cup.

Trainer David Kok, who also saddles Pacific MV in the feature race, thought the Pacific Stable-owned gelding can prove himself well against his peers.

“He will find this easier than the Kranji Mile for sure,” said the Ipoh-born conditioner.

“I thought his run in the Kranji Mile was very good considering he’s not really up to the level of those first four horses at equal weights.

“So, the drop back to his own age group will definitely be in his favour, but it was a shame we missed the Silver Bowl as 1400m was probably his best trip.

“The mile could test him, but he should be fine against the other four-year-olds and if all goes well, he will progress to the Gr1 Singapore Derby.”

Of his minor injury, the multiple Group 1-winning trainer said he was more than happy with Pacific Emperor’s fitness.

“It was nothing serious,” he said of the stone bruise.

“He missed some work and the Silver Bowl but I liked his trial on Tuesday and that hit-out would have him as fit as he can be.

“Jockey Daniel Moor took it easy early and gave him a nice hit-out late and he was very happy with the trial.

“Moor works on him Pacific Emperor every day and rode him in the Kranji Mile so knows the horse very well. We have drawn well (2) and I will leave it to the jockey to ride him.”

Meanwhile, the experienced Australian hoop suggested he will let the horse decide, with race tempo a factor.

“It’s an open book with Pacific Emperor,” said Moor.

“You ride him; not to a plan. Ideally, I will leave him alone early and gate two gives us options.

“But it will be dependent on the pace. The important thing is he travels well so we can make use of his sharp turn of foot when it matters.

“While it was a shame, he missed the Silver Bowl, the break after the Kranji Mile may be a blessing in disguise.

“I was happy with his trial. He ticked all the boxes I wanted him to and he’s ready for Sunday.”

Kranji first is due off at 06h30 on Sunday. The free-to-play Hollywoodbets Punters’ Challenge is available for this racemeeting – get your selections in now.

Have Your Say - *Please Use Your Name & Surname

Comments Policy
The Sporting Post encourages readers to comment in the spirit of enlightening the topic being discussed, to add opinions or correct errors. All posts are accepted on the condition that the Sporting Post can at any time alter, correct or remove comments, either partially or entirely.

All posters are required to post under their actual name and surname – no anonymous posts or use of pseudonyms will be accepted. You can adjust your display name on your account page or to send corrections privately to the EditorThe Sporting Post will not publish comments submitted anonymously or under pseudonyms.

Please note that the views that are published are not necessarily those of the Sporting Post.

Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments



Popular Posts