King's Command A Big Watch In His Return

Emerging galloper King's Command appears well placed to make a winning return when due to contest the final event at Kranji on Sunday.

Not seen since finishing a close fifth in the Group 1 Singapore Guineas, King's Command has looked in good order at the trials and looks to get every chance in the Class 4 event.

Only lightly raced, King's Command has won two of his five starts and continued to raise the bar in his maiden preparation.

Having caught the eye twice over 6 f, he then was far too good stepping up to 7 f, breaking through for his maiden win in style.

Stepped up to Class 4 company at his next start, he again proved too strong late.

Thrown in the deep end prior to a break, he held his own when only beaten two-and-a-half lengths behind Inferno.

More notably he was sent out at 14-1, the fourth pick in the market, priced ahead of Rocket Star.

Inferno comfortably had their measure in the Guineas, however the form behind has still worked out pretty well (in regards to King's Command lining up in a Class 4 event).

Rocket Star is a Class 3 winner, Big Hearted is a Class 3 winner and while failing to live up to expectations Strong N Powerful has also held his own in tougher company.

The fact King's Command was only a length off those horses helps illustrate just how well placed he is on Sunday.

His two trials in the lead up have been solid enough and while drawn out, he is expected to get back in the field regardless.

Harry Kasim takes over and with a genuine tempo anticipated, he should be very hard to hold out late.

King's Command will be better over further with time, however this still looks a very winnable assignment.

Perennial second placegetter Pattaya shapes as the main danger having notched up his fourth straight second placing last start.

A painful run I'm sure for connections, however he continues to race well and it's a big tick with Duric back aboard.

While he hasn't done a lot of winning (2/12), he rarely runs a bad race and from the good draw, he is sure to make his presence felt again.

The Steven Burridge trained Lim's Bestbreaker won impressively on the polytrack last start and gives the impression he will be even better at 1400m.

He too is only lightly raced and while rising 6lbs at the weights, he still appears well placed.

From the wide draw he is likely to adopt his usual racing pattern towards the rear before being produced in the straight.

This is a step but he should acquit himself well.

Of the rest the Stephen Gray trained Heavenly Dancer appears the next in line.

Good luck and happy punting.

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