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COVID-19: Antigen Rapid Test from Friday for cargo drivers entering Singapore

COVID-19: Antigen Rapid Test from Friday for cargo drivers entering Singapore COVID-19: Antigen Rapid Test from Friday for cargo drivers entering Singapore World by BERNAMA / pic by BLOOMBERG SINGAPORE – Singapore will progressively roll out a compulsory Antigen Rapid Test (ART) at its Tuas and Woodlands checkpoints for cargo drivers and accompanying personnel entering the city-state from 9am Friday (Jan 22). According to the republic’s Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI), the new border control measure is aimed at managing the growing risk of imported COVID-19 cases. “Tested drivers and personnel with a negative result may proceed to enter Singapore,” the ministry said on its website today. As cargo drivers and accompanying personnel could have interactions with the local community in Singapore, the MTI said introducing an on-arrival ART will allow it to identify potential COVID-19 cases and mitigate the risk further. “This will add to the safeguards towards ensuring public health both in Singapore and for the community of cargo drivers and accompanying personnel,” it said. The MTI said it recognised the importance of ensuring the smooth passage of goods between Singapore and Malaysia and valued the important role of the cargo drivers and accompanying personnel. “We will ensure smooth operations at the checkpoints to minimise disruptions to deliveries and supply chains. Businesses expecting deliveries are encouraged to maintain close communication with their logistics providers and cater for possible delays. “Businesses, cargo drivers, and accompanying personnel must also continue to abide by Safe Management Measures, including contactless delivery, wearing of masks, and safe distancing,” said the ministry.

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HGC upgrades Singapore as major Asian hub, intros Trio-service suite for corporate customers

HGC upgrades Singapore as major Asian hub, intros Trio-service suite for corporate customers 09:54 HGC Global Communications (HGC) has announced it has expanded its ICT capabilities in Asia, with Singapore upgraded as major Asian hub. HGC has also introduced its Trio-service suite, composed of network connectivity, ICT services and local professional support.

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38 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore, including 4 in the community

38 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore, including 4 in the community
SINGAPORE – There were 38 new coronavirus cases confirmed as at noon on Thursday (Jan 21), taking Singapore’s total to 59,195.
They included 34 imported cases, of which 33 had been placed on stay-home notices on arrival in Singapore.
The remaining case tested negative for Covid-19 upon arrival in Singapore on Sunday (Jan 17), and was on a controlled itinerary during his stay here. He subsequently tested positive for Covid-19 infection on Wednesday.
There were four community cases and none from workers’ dormitories.
More details will be announced on Thursday night.
On Wednesday, the number of new cases in the community increased to 18 in the past week, from four in the week before.
The ministry also reported a new local coronavirus cluster – the third discovered in recent weeks – after three of the four community cases were linked to a previous case.
The three cases were linked to the case of a 39-year-old permanent resident who works in sales at BS Industrial and Construction Supply in Kallang. He tested positive for the virus on Monday.
All of them are his co-workers, and MOH said that investigations are ongoing to assess if there was a breach of safe management measures in their workplace. “The Government takes a serious view of any breach and will take actions should there be non-compliance,” it said in the statement.
Two of the three did not seek medical attention after developing symptoms.
The first linked case is a 27-year-old Malaysian work pass holder who works in sales at BS Industrial and Construction Supply.
He developed a sore throat on Jan 14 but did not seek medical treatment and continued to go to work. He was contacted by MOH on Monday after being identified as a close contact of the original case, and subsequently tested positive on Tuesday.
The second case is a 29-year-old Malaysian national who is also a work pass holder and works in sales at the same company.
She developed a sore throat and had difficulty breathing last Saturday but continued to go to work as well as interacted with members of the community, said MOH.
The woman also tested positive after being identified as a close contact of the original case.
The final linked case is a 28-year-old Malaysian who is also a work pass holder and works in finance in the same company. She developed a cough on Tuesday – the day she was placed in quarantine. She later tested positive for the infection. More on this topic
The fourth community case was unlinked to this cluster – a 46-year-old Indian national who is a work pass holder working as a software engineer at Apar Technologies in Shenton Way.
He is asymptomatic and his infection was detected when he took a pre-departure test on Tuesday in preparation for a trip back to India.
There were also 36 imported cases reported yesterday, comprising one Singaporean, one permanent resident, one dependant’s pass holder, one long-term visit pass holder, four student’s pass holders, four work pass holders, 20 work permit holders and four short-term visit pass holders.
With 32 cases discharged on Wednesday, 58,911 patients have fully recovered from the disease.
A total of 45 patients remain in hospital, including one in the intensive care unit, while 197 are recuperating in community facilities. More on this topic
Singapore has had 29 deaths from Covid-19 complications, while 15 who tested positive have died of other causes.
Globally, the virus outbreak, which began in December 2019, has infected more than 96.1 million people. More than two million people have died.

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India, Singapore navies sign submarine rescue pact

India, Singapore navies sign submarine rescue pact by Ridzwan Rahmat Swift Rescue , the submarine rescue and intervention vessel operated by the Republic of Singapore Navy. (Singapore Ministry of Defence)
The Indian Navy and the Republic Singapore Navy (RSN) have signed a bilateral submarine rescue agreement, establishing mutual underwater emergency assistance between the two services.
The agreement, which is known as the submarine rescue support and co-operation implementing arrangement, was signed at the fifth iteration of the India-Singapore defence minister’s dialogue that was held via video conference on 20 January.
“The submarine rescue support and co-operation implementing arrangement will allow both navies to extend submarine rescue assistance to each other as well as conduct bilateral rescue exercises and familiarisation visits to enhance interoperability and proficiency in submarine rescue operations”, said Singapore’s defence minister, Ng Eng Hen, in his remarks on the pact.
The RSN currently operates a fleet of two Archer-class and two Challenger-class diesel-electric submarines and is anticipating the delivery of four new Invincible (Type 218SG) boats from Germany. The service also operates the 84 m submarine rescue ship, Swift Rescue , which is capable of conducting intervention, and hyperbaric rescue operations.
Meanwhile, the Indian Navy operates four submarine classes, and one 70 m submarine rescue vessel, Nireekshak (15), which is equipped with a six-man recompression and can accommodate up to two deep-submergence rescue vehicles (DSRVs). In 2016 the Indian Navy signed a contract for two DSAR-650L DSRVs with JFD, and the first unit was delivered in 2018.
Besides the submarine rescue agreement, India and Singapore have also agreed to step up military co-operation, including in the areas of cyber defence and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) operations.

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World : Tuberculosis : Singapore identifies two genetically separate clusters

21/01/2021 04:30 PM
By Massita Ahmad
SINGAPORE, Jan 21 – Singapore has identified two genetically separate tuberculosis (TB) clusters involving a total of 18 individuals who had prolonged exposure at the Singapore Pools Bedok Betting Centre.
The two clusters were determined by genetic sequencing and epidemiological investigations which concluded in January 2021, as part of retrospective testing of TB cases to determine linkages, the republic’s Ministry of Health (MOH) said in its website. bootstrap slideshow
“The 18 cases were diagnosed between February 2015 and October 2020,” it said.
The MOH said investigations into the cases did not reveal any common links, other than that they had all frequently visited the betting centre over a period ranging from months to years and spent prolonged durations at the centre watching live horse-racing telecasts.
“The cases did not know each other, and had not identified each other as close contacts,” it said.
According to the ministry, TB is endemic in the republic and latent TB infection is not uncommon in Singapore population, as TB had been prevalent in here until the 1970s and older Singaporeans could have been exposed to TB and acquired latent TB infection when they were younger.
“Persons with latent TB do not experience symptoms of TB and are not infectious,” it said.
The ministry noted that the 18 cases had immediately started treatment following diagnosis and are not a current ongoing public health risk.
-- BERNAMA

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38 new COVID cases in Singapore, including 4 in community

Travellers wearing protective masks walk along the transit area of Changi International Airport terminal on 15 December, 2020, in Singapore. (PHOTO: Getty Images)SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed 38 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore on Thursday (21 January), taking the country’s total case count to 59,235.There are four cases in the community, while the remaining 34 are imported. This marks the eighth day in a row where new community infections are reported.All but one of the 34 imported cases were placed on the stay-home notice or isolated upon their arrival here.The lone case tested negative for COVID-19 upon his arrival here on 17 January, and was on a controlled itinerary during his stay in Singapore. He subsequently tested positive for COVID-19 three days later.The ministry on Wednesday reported 40 new COVID-19 cases, of whom four were identified infections in the community. Three of them are linked to a previous case, forming a new cluster.The three cases are employed at BS Industrial & Construction Supply at 1 Kallang Place, where a previous infection, a 39-year-old male permanent resident, works as a sales personnel.All four of them form a new “case 59429” cluster, named after the man’s case number. It is the sixth live cluster of COVID-19 cases in Singapore.This story will be updated later.99% of total cases have recovered, 1 in ICUWith 32 more patients discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities on Wednesday, 58,926 cases – or 99.5 per cent of the total – have fully recovered from the infection.Most of the 45 hospitalised cases are stable or improving, and one is in the intensive care unit.A total of 197 patients – with mild symptoms or are clinically well but still test positive – are isolated and cared for at community facilities.Apart from 29 patients who have died from COVID-19 complications, 15 others who tested positive for the virus were determined to have died from unrelated causes, including three whose deaths were attributed to a heart attack and another four, whose deaths were attributed to coronary heart disease.Amongst the 213 cases reported from 14 to 20 January, 118 cases have tested positive for their serology tests, 36 have tested negative, and 59 serology test results are pending.Story continuesStay in the know on-the-go: Join Yahoo Singapore's Telegram channel at http://t.me/YahooSingaporeOther Singapore stories:PM Lee, President Halimah congratulate US President Joe Biden on inaugurationMan admits to stealing tortoise during circuit breaker periodTwo separate tuberculosis clusters of 18 cases linked to Bedok betting centre found: MOHPilots for reopening of nightclubs, KTV outlets deferred amid more community cases

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Great Eastern Extends GREAT Vaccine Fund to Protect More in Singapore

Following Great Eastern’s announcement of its S$1 million GREAT Vaccine Fund , last Friday, the insurer today announced that the GREAT Vaccine Fund is now expanded to cover customer’s immediate family members, employees and financial representatives and their respective immediate family members.
The GREAT Vaccine Fund is in addition to its S$1 million COVID-19 Customer Care Fund announced last year. The Fund provides a daily hospital cash benefit of S$300 per day up to a maximum of seven days, if one is hospitalised due to COVID-19 vaccinations . Coverage will be valid for three months from the day of the first dose of Health Sciences Authority (HSA)-approved vaccinations.
The GREAT Vaccine Fund is effective until end-December 2021, or when the Fund is fully utilised, whichever is earlier. This follows the insurer’s recent move to extend hospitalisation cover and/or inpatient treatment arising from all vaccinations (including COVID-19) for policyholders of its medical plans.
The company will also support its employees who decide to take COVID-19 vaccinations with:
A day off on the day of each vaccination Private taxi/Grab reimbursement to/from the vaccination clinics Two days of medical leave without the need to provide a medical certificate, in the event of side effects from vaccinations Reimbursement of medical fees for treating any side effects from vaccinations Great Eastern Group Chief Executive Officer Khor Hock Seng said: “We have close to two million customers in Singapore and are pleased to extend this coverage to include not just our customers, employees and financial representatives but also their immediate family members so more people in Singapore will be protected when they take their vaccinations.”

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How Shopee Overtook Lazada To Become The Top E-Commerce Marketplace In S’pore

63% Figures from Statista
The company saw an 82 per cent increase in the number of users from the first to second quarter of 2020, gaining nearly an additional five million in average visitors.
The surge in the number of visits was also potentially driven by its strong promotional efforts through initiatives such as the 4.4 flash sale and Super Mart Month during the circuit breaker period.
Although Shopee was a latecomer to the game, we take a look at how it has managed to overtake Lazada and climbed its way to be the top in Singapore. A Mobile-First Approach Image Credit: Bigstock
Shopee took a different strategy early on by launching as an app first to tap on Southeast Asia’s (SEA) high mobile penetration rate.
According to a study by Google and Temasek, SEA’s average usage of mobile internet is the highest among regions (3.6 hours per person a day).
Shopee also noted that mobile — not desktop — is the main battleground for e-commerce in the future. Moreover, app users tend to be more loyal and spend more money per order than web users.
In fact, Shopee observed last year a 40 per cent increase in the time users spent in-app per week. This is a testament to Shopee’s ability to provide more than just transactional shopping experiences.
In the third quarter of 2020, Shopee continued to record strong momentum, as it ranked first in the Shopping category by downloads , average monthly active users, and total time spent in-app on Android in SEA and Taiwan, according to App Annie . Campaigns Featuring Relatable Icons
Shopee’s 9.9 shopping event in 2019 featuring Cristiano Ronaldo and Baby Shark saw three times more orders than the year before.
The soccer star was seen dancing to a remix of the viral children’s song while swiping on Shopee’s mobile app in the company’s advertising campaign.
It may be cringe-worthy for some, but it turned out to be a viral hit with thousands of people sharing the video all across the region.
Last year, Shopee’s campaign featured mascot Phua Chu Kang, with his familiar Singlish accent as he banters with viewers and urges them not to miss the good deals on the campaign’s online and offline channels.
It’s clear that Shopee’s campaign strategy is to use relatable brand ambassadors in order to stand out from other e-commerce players, thereby drawing more traffic and sales to them. Shopee Adopted Lazada’s Tactics And Did Even Better
Lazada saw the success of in-app entertainment features by parent company Alibaba and rolled out ‘Laz Live’ in June 2019, allowing sellers and invited hosts to conduct live streaming shows to engage with their users.
Termed ‘Shoppertainment’ by Lazada, this feature was launched in Thailand, the Philippines, and Malaysia.
In the same month, Shopee also launched the same feature . Theirs is called Shopee Live, and covered the same markets as Lazada as well as other markets. Image Credit: HYPE & STUFF
Shopee did not stop there. Taking it a step further, they launched ‘Shopee Quiz’ together with their livestreaming function.
An interactive game show, ‘Shopee Quiz’ is hosted by familiar faces of local influencers.
To gain more traffic, they gave away Shopee Coins and multiple products from participating brands as well as allowed users to invite participants.
Subsequently, they also introduced Shopee Feed, which replicated the ‘Instagram experience’ on Shopee, allowing brands to hold giveaways, and enabling users to comment and ‘like’ posts.
The user interface is well-designed and user-friendly, featuring specially curated posts by brands and gave more credibility to the site.
Lazada had also launched a similar feed function back in early 2019, but it did not gain much traction . The user interface was not as intuitive, and the posts seemed like they were AI generated.
This, as a result, could have deterred customers from using the function. Hyperlocalised Approach
In order to build brand loyalty and create memorable experiences for users, Shopee’s business model focuses a lot on hyperlocalised activities to cater to the demands of each market. Son Tung MTP – A famous singer in Vietnam endorses Shopee / Image Credit: Shopee
For instance, Vietnam ’s large millennial population of 30 per cent, or 27 million, rely on their mobile devices and demand a more personalised shopping experience.
To engage this segment, Shopee launched month-long sales campaigns and chose a popular Vietnamese actor as its brand ambassador.
Thais also view celebrity endorsements favourably, as 60 per cent of respondents in a survey affirmed that they trust celebrity endorsers.
Some of the most popular celebrities in Thailand are of mixed ethnicity, hence Shopee Thailand has selected Thai-Norwegian actress and Thai-Austrian actor/model as endorsers for their multi-faceted campaign.
Meanwhile, Malaysian online shoppers are most receptive to discounts and flash sales.
Shopee Malaysia launched a daily campaign called “Shocking Sale” which covered Lowest Price Guarantee, as well as free shipping with a minimum purchase.
In Singapore, they appointed “culture icon” Phua Chu Kang, played by Gurmit Singh, as its first Singaporean brand ambassador. Image Credit: Shopee
On live streams in Singapore, Shopee extended their coverage to approach local universities students and micro influencers as hosts , besides featuring celebrities and artists in their campaigns like Lazada.
By engaging less ‘distant’ icons , it increased the familiarity of the app to users and allowed them to associate the app as something closer to their hearts.
Shopee’s personal marketing tactic also saw a more effective and long-term result.
On the other hand, Lazada tried to bring to Singapore what works in China for Alibaba. The China playbook at Lazada remains unproven in SEA.
Some strategies include temporary halts to free shipping in some markets which drove merchants to other sites, and attempts to promote bulk buying, sources said .
What has worked for the mainland Chinese market did not have the same effect in SEA. The E-commerce Potential In SEA
With a young and large population of 650 million people, SEA is known to be the world’s fastest-growing internet region in recent years.
A joint study between Google and Temasek Holdings last year predicted that SEA’s digital economy will triple in size by 2025 , reaching US$240 billion.
As a key driver of this economy, e-commerce is expected to be valued at US$102 billion in gross merchandise in the year 2025 as well.
In spite of the growth in e-commerce in the region, online retail constitutes less than 2.5 per cent of SEA’s entire retail and accounts for only one percent of the total retail sales. Image Credit: Marketing In Asia
Considering the size of SEA’s market, this is quite low when compared to Europe and North America, where online retail accounts for about six to eight per cent of the total revenue generated from retail.
There are also three main challenges that hinder the region’s e-commerce market from reaching its full potential: limited logistics, excessive reliance on cash on delivery payments, and a lack of customer familiarity and trust.
Being in the early stages of the shift from offline to online purchases, the market is still largely under-penetrated.
Therefore, it doesn’t come as a surprise when many corporations — both local and international such as Amazon or Tokopedia — are competing intensely for a lead in the game.
Shopee currently still takes the lead over Lazada while Lazada is said to be stepping up on their digital innovation and commercial development and has appointed a new CEO to drive its growth this year.
Featured Image Credit: Shopee

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Brown Latest Trainer To Depart Singapore

INFERNO winning the SINGAPORE CLASSIC GROUP 2 Picture: Singapore Turf Club
Top Singapore-based horseman Clifford Brown has joined the exodus of trainers and jockeys returning to Australia from the Asian racing centre.
Following in the footsteps of Lee Freedman, who recently confirmed he was relocating to the Gold Coast, Brown has this week announced he will return to Australia.
In the past year, several Australian jockeys based in Singapore including Michael Rodd, Pat Moloney, Ben Thompson and Daniel Moor have also headed back home.
Brown left for Singapore 13 years ago having enjoyed a successful career in Australia with the likes of Cheviot, Markham and Tarnpir Lane.
While he was in Singapore he established himself as one of their leading trainers and put the polish on several Group One winners.
Brown plans to return to Victoria in March and start training again at May at a location yet to be determined.
Brown intends to bring some of his key staff members and Singapore horses with him, including his star galloper Inferno.
Inferno has had nine starts for eights wins including a pair of Group One victories at his past two starts in the Singapore Guineas and the Lion City Cup.
He finished second at his only other start.
Brown said he was returning home due to COVID-19 and a recent spate of reforms from the Singapore Turf Club as a consequence of the pandemic.
He felt the changes meant his business model in Singapore could no longer work with reduced meetings and prize money on offer.
Brown has a house at the picturesque seaside resort of Queencliff near Geelong.

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Singapore Kranji Race Preview – Saturday, 23rd January 2021

Racecourse : Kranji. Picture: Mark Dadswell/Getty Images
RACE 1
1st Pick: BEAR WITNESS (1) Has a very good record in this grade and should be hard to hold back.
2nd Pick: KING ZOUSTAR (3) In decent form and can once again run a nice race here.
3rd Pick: CENTURION (2) Well handicapped now down in to Class 5 grade and is a danger to all. Interesting.
4th Pick: AWESOME CONQUEROR (5) A course and distance winner and is in form without winning of late. Go close.
RACE 2
1st Pick: YES ONE BALL (4) Third last time out was a better effort and has won a trial since. Best of an ordinary bunch.
2nd Pick: JUST STARS (3) Has more form than most and should go well.
3rd Pick: SHOWBOUND (2) Ran well enough last start behind stablemate Entertainer and wouldn't shock if he shapes up well here.
4th Pick: SUPER PINS (1) One to include for the multiples in this trappy little heat.
RACE 3
1st Pick: SACRED JUDGEMENT (5) One-paced at his first start after a short let-up. Will improve from that run. Commands respect.
2nd Pick: WHISTLE GRAND (7) In solid form. Quiet trial last week. Will storm home late. Include in calculations.
3rd Pick: MERYL (4) Back from a spell. Last run came in Group 1 Singapore Guineas, but race was not run to suit. Was a spent force from a long way home. Can go well fresh, but wide gate is a query.
4th Pick: WILD BEE (3) No world-beater but seldom disappoints. Drawn awkwardly but he gets back, anyway. Keep safe.
RACE 4
1st Pick: ZAHAU (1) The obvious pick on the second to Starlight when last seen in action. He is lightly-raced and connections have found a very winnable race. Hard to beat with Ruan Maia booked.
2nd Pick: GOLD KINGDOM (5) The return to the Polytrack is a plus and can give the topweight most to do.
3rd Pick: BLITZ POWER (4) The race tempo can suit this mare who will get back and run on.
4th Pick: TIGER FORCE (3) Can run good time and is in the mix.
RACE 5
1st Pick: SUN COUNCIL (2) Has been racing well and battled hard last time out when going close in a busy finish, has plenty going for him.
2nd Pick: VALENCIA (1) A nice type of horse who has been off the track for a while now, has trialled well enough and can run a nice race first-up here.
3rd Pick: STRONG N BEST (7) This will be only his third start and he isn't as exposed as most of these. Improved run in store.
4th Pick: PASIR PINJI (3) Another that has been off for a while and if ready first time, can offer some value here.
RACE 6
1st Pick: HARD TOO THINK (8) Too far back last start but ran on fairly. Seems to have made further headway. Go close.
2nd Pick: LUCK OF MASTER (1) The longer the better. Found the mile too short last time out. Working a treat on the training tracks. Blinker-pacifiers replaced by winkers. Big run in store.
3rd Pick: SHEPHERD'S HYMN (3) Model of consistency. Trip right up his alley. Winkers replaced by blinkers. Will be in the mix for a long way.
4th Pick: SPECIAL OPS (4) Two wins in a row. Meets stronger lot but on the way he won at his last start, he can measure up here. Each-way chance.
RACE 7
1st Pick: OUR SHOWCASE (3) Twice a course and distance winner and has dropped a further couple of points. This is not an easy race to work out and this fellow could be the answer.
2nd Pick: NADEEM SAPPHIRE (6) Very poor form figures to his name but Ruan Maia is booked (good record for stable) and he is a course and distance scorer as well. Interesting.
3rd Pick: BALOR (1) Better last time and not impossible he can string two sound runs together.
4th Pick: SMILING PROUD (5) Would prefer a mile but won last time out and must be included here.
RACE 8
1st Pick: RADIANT SUCCESS (6) Three-time winner (1100m to 1200m) from Victoria, Australia. Sprinter-type who likes the sting out of the ground. Has trialled nicely. Can score on debut.
2nd Pick: SACRED GIFT (1) Drops in class. Didn't act in the going last start. Backed off since. Trial winner on January 5. Not without claims.
3rd Pick: RIVER ROCA (12) Coming off a two-in-a-row but in easier company. Form has remained the same. Outside chance.
4th Pick: IT'S GOT IT ALL (5) Third in a blanket finish last start. Nice low gate. If he reproduces his last-start form, he should be in the firing line again.
RACE 9
1st Pick: SURPASS NATURAL (1) Showed his usual combative side at last-start win. More of a Polytrack specialist but does boast one win on turf. Another dose is well within his compass.
2nd Pick: LIM'S CRAFT (9) Came from last to run third to Sincerely in a Class 2 race over 1400m last Saturday. On the quick back-up. Won't be out of his depth even if he is up against tougher customers.
3rd Pick: GRAND KOONTA (3) Never a factor in the heavy track in last year's EW Barker Trophy. Ignore that run as he was also checked in the running. Handy first-up record. Strong claims.
4th Pick: FAME STAR (2) Not the same horse who won the EW Barker Trophy in 2019 but has been showing glimpses of a return to form of late, but horror gate works against him again. Blinkers off.
RACE 10
1st Pick: LUCKY IMPERATOR (7) Put a line through last run as he resented the soft track. If track stays firm, and he can come across from his wide alley without using too much petrol, he will be a leading chance.
2nd Pick: IMPERIUM (3) Impressive winner last time out. Shoulders three kilos more but that should not stop him. Major say.
3rd Pick: FROM THE NAVY (11) Has been hitting around the mark but has not been able to quite finish it off. Long Course will help him. Can finish in the money.
4th Pick: MANDRAKE (5) Lacked that same zip in the bog track last start. Might find this a tad sharp. Place claims look better.

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