Fitzroy To Return A Winner

 Aug 19 2016

Touted early as a Singapore Guineas [1600m] contender the son of Swiss Ace displayed plenty of ability culminating with a fourth placing in the Group 1 feature.

Formerly trained by Chris Waller, Fitzroy first stepped out for the Cliff Brown stable back in February when finishing second behind Awesome over 1200m.

Failing to produce as favourite at his next start, Fitzroy then bounced right back breaking through for a very impressive maiden win saluting by nine lengths.

Successful in recording time figures ahead of the bare form, Fitzroy then went on to catch the eye behind Debt Collector when sixth in the Group 2 Singapore 3YO Classic.

A sectional star on that occasion, he proceeded to confirm that level of performance when returning a new career peak in the Singapore Guineas.

Given a short break (96 days), Fitzroy has been given the two trials in the lead up, most recently finishing second over 1000m.

On that occasion he went to the line under his own steam with Michael Rodd asking little from his mount.

In four attempts over 1200m, Fitzroy has placed in three and has placed in two of three attempts racing first up.

While yet to determine his pet distance, he is more than capable of sprinting well fresh and appears very well placed dropping back to Class 4 company.

Leading rider Michael Rodd links aboard for the first time but has ridden Fitzroy in both trials this time in and overall is striking at 19 per cent with the Brown stable.

From the middle draw he is expected to adopt a prominent position and is sure to make his presence felt.

When assessing Timeform weight adjusted ratings Fitzroy sits well clear of his nearest rival and if up to his best he simply should be too good.

Although he possesses just the sole win to his name he is more than capable and beyond this evening more wins do appear in store.

The Mark Walker trained Roc That failed to fire in his Singapore debut last start but is more than capable on best form and remains under strong notice with Manoel Nunes linking aboard.

Formerly based in New Zealand the son of Roc De Cambes had displayed fair ability in his 16 starts and is more than capable when right.

While failing to come into contention behind Gold Crown he is sure to take good improvement from that performance and the engagement of Nunes is an obvious push.

From the middle draw he is expected to settle closer to the speed and has to be kept safe. 

The Bruce Marsh trained Pratt Street wasn't beaten far last start and appears the next best with Glen Boss sticking aboard.

While not the most consistent type he rates well on best form and looks to get every chance from the inside draw.

Although yet to place on the turf previously, that is a bit misleading as he has performed well on the turf from a ratings perspective.

If able to repeat the level of his last start performance he is sure to be right around the mark.

Of the rest the Patrick Shaw trained Elusive Emperor appears the next in line following a solid performance first up.

On best form he remains open to good improvement and although drawn out he still shapes as one of the leading chances.

Good luck and happy punting.


Gary Crispe - Racing and Sports

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