Dicton Returns To Scene Of The Crime

 Apr 11 2019

Dicton came to Singapore with a big profile as a Group 3 winner in France and while he hasn't perhaps scaled the heights he might have he has been a solid performer at Kranji in his 13 runs at the course. 

His lone win came on the all weather and it is worth noting that he was a winner at his sole run on a synthetic surface when back in France back in 2015. 

That win lauched him on a winning streak that culminated in the main lead-up to the French 2000 Guineas which he ran third in before being tested against top liners around the world for the next season and a half. 

He produced plenty of smart form in that time and came to Singapore promising to soar to the top of the tree. That hasn't quite happened but he has performed consistently and his closing effort up to 2000m last time showed him still in terrific order.  

That form rates really well for this and he should have no troubles coming back to the mile. He meets Mikki Joy again here having had to settle for second to that horse two starts back over 1800m. Again Mikki Joy looks his biggest obstacle with the former Japanese galloper kept fresh since that night and looking capable of more wins in Singapore. 

He has to bring his form to the all weather, though, and we know that will suit Dicton. The surface has to be considered a positive for Dicton in their head to head duel. 

It's also worth considering that Mikki Joy found himself well positoned off a steady gallop when beating Dicton last time. He got first run while Dicton, who had raced keenly, had to wait to get clear and get his crack, closing strongly from what ultimately proved too far back. The return to the mile on the all weather can bring about a truer tempo and that's a good thing for Dicton. 

What's New did enough in that 1800m to think that he has some hope having been good enough to start 9/4 there and the same has to be said of the fourth placed Mighty Kenny who is capbale of running a sharp figure on his best days and we have to be wary of that. 

Best of luck and happy punting.  

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