Krypton Factor (left): looking for another rich international prizePICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Fallon relies on Krypton Factor in KrisFlyer
Preview: Singapore, Sunday 12.50pm BST (live on ATR and RUK)
Kranji: KrisFlyer International Sprint (Group 1) 6f, turf, 3yo+
KIEREN FALLON travels to Singapore on Sunday as Dubai Golden Shaheen winner Krypton Factor bids to strike again on the international stage for his Bahrain-based owner-trainer Fawzi Nass in the KrisFlyer Sprint.
The four-year-old, who started out with Sir Mark Prescott as a juvenile, really came to himself at this year's Dubai Carnival showing vastly improved form for three victories - and a short-head defeat - from four starts.
Following the defection of earlier this week of local star Rocket Man with a minor injury, Krypton Factor faces what looks a substandard field for the Sin$1m (£500,000) contest.
But he also faces significant question marks as he switches to turf after showing improved form on the artificial Tapeta strip at Meydan - and soft turf at that, whichmay well not suit him.
Krypton Factor also has a wide draw. "He's a bit out - such is life," said Nass, adding: "He didn't eat much in the first couple of days here. "He's lost a bit of weight but it's nothing to worry about and he's about as fit as I can get him."
Among Krypton Factor's opponents are the British-trained Secret Asset (Jane Chapple-Hyam/George Baker) and Invicible Ash(Mick Halford/Gary Carroll) from Ireland.
Both of them were well beaten behind Royal Ascot hope Ortensia in the Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint on Dubai World Cup night but Invincible Ash had scored earlier at Meydan.
The soft ground is a worry for him but it will suit Secret Asset, beaten only narrowly in last year's Prix de l'Abbaye. He is also drawn on the inside rail in box one.
"It's a very good draw and we're very happy with that," said trainer Jane Chapple-Hyam. "He's normally quick out of the gates. That should allow us to box seat and save as much ground as possible on the bend."
Even without Rocket Man the home team could have a say via the Michael Freedman pair Better Be The One (Joao Moreira) and three-year-old Mr Big (Stephen Baster), or perhaps Captain Obvious (Stephen Burridge/Oscar Chavex), who also tasted successin Dubai in January.