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A Sure Will to win, again

A Sure Will to win, again

Just one race after Kharisma upstaged a handy field in a Kranji Stakes A race, in-form trainer Stephen Gray saw another smart four-year-old from his yard thump the opposition in the $50,000 Class 4 Division 2 race over 1100m on Polytrack on Sunday. The Kiwi handler...

Charmed run continues for Kharisma even at Kranji Stakes A

Charmed run continues for Kharisma even at Kranji Stakes A

A daring gamble to let Kharisma skip a few classes returned instant dividends on Sunday, but also gave trainer Stephen Gray a bit of a conundrum to ponder: Where to from here? Last victorious in Class 3 company three weeks ago when he was bringing up a two-in-a-row,...

Billy Elliot or St George’s last dance at Kranji

Billy Elliot or St George’s last dance at Kranji

Debutant Billy Elliot scored an impressive win in the $20,000 Open Maiden race over 1400m on Saturday, but still left in-form trainer Stephen Gray with a bittersweet feeling at the winner’s circle. The Kiwi handler revealed that Billy Elliot was the last horse his...

Test pilot Duric Sure Will Do in trials

Test pilot Duric Sure Will Do in trials

Vlad Duric will always try and avail himself whenever good mate Stephen Gray needs him for a barrier trial ride, even if it won’t lead to a race-ride upgrade next. That was again the case on Thursday morning when the four-time Singapore champion jockey was seen...

Kharisma continues to inspire with his winning form

Kharisma continues to inspire with his winning form

Progressive galloper Kharisma made it back-to-back wins even after being stepped up in grade in the $70,000 Class 3 race over 1200m on Polytrack on Sunday. The Mossman four-year-old last scored at Class 4 level in a similar all-weather event over six furlongs, but was...

Simon Kok finally in winner’s circle again

Simon Kok finally in winner’s circle again

After Simon Kok Wei Hoong won aboard Fireworks on December 5, most would have thought unimaginable that the two-time Singapore champion apprentice jockey could possibly return empty-handed at his next 27 rides. Still, the young buck did, and for a losing sequence that...

Bounty hunts down leading pick for upset win

Bounty hunts down leading pick for upset win

Saturday’s $70,000 Class 3 race over 1100m was replete with top chances like Celavi, Super Invincible or Lim’s Passion, but they were in the end all put to the sword by forgotten horse Darc Bounty. Winless for almost a year (last visit to the winner’s circle occurred...

Hard Too Think owners can’t be here: Gray

Hard Too Think owners can’t be here: Gray

Hard Too Think’s pulsating win on Saturday had winning trainer Stephen Gray feeling both stoked about the All Too Hard four-year-old’s second win, and also a little despondent about the hollowness of a win without the owners on hand. Since the imposition of COVID-19...

Duric’s daughter Sage keen to follow in father’s footsteps

Duric’s daughter Sage keen to follow in father’s footsteps

What are the chances of seeing the daughter of a jockey leading her dad out on a raceday in Singapore? It might be a more common sight in countries like Australia, England, US or France where racing is a family tradition that is gender-neutral and is often passed down...

Gray banks on Wisdom saving his best for races

Gray banks on Wisdom saving his best for races

If horses were graded for their work at home, Infinite Wisdom is probably one good example who would barely get a pass mark. But luckily for his connections, the three-year-old chestnut by All Too Hard is a totally different proposition when it matters more - on...

Gray convinced Polytrack is not Sky’s limit

Gray convinced Polytrack is not Sky’s limit

A boilover win out of left field has not only saved Sky Rocket from a float trip to Malaysia, but also earned him a ticket to a Group 3 race this Saturday. Through a combination of poor form and bad luck, the one-time Singapore Gold Cup favourite (2018) had been...

Gray Sure could Do with a third win on the bounce

Gray Sure could Do with a third win on the bounce

Debuting Sure Will Do in an Open Maiden might not have done justice to his hefty price tag, but in hindsight, a low-key start has reaped more benefits than trainer Stephen Gray could have bargained for. The Chens’ new NZ$210,000 purchase was meant to have his...