05/11/2002 12:00AM

Caller One runs last in Singapore


Caller One and Western Pride both failed to sparkle for trainer Jim Chapman at Kranji, Singapore, on Saturday.

Caller One failed to make the switch to turf in the six-furlong Singapore Airlines Krisflyer Sprint, finishing last of 12, more than 20 lengths behind the Australian-trained winner, North Boy.

North Boy, trained by Tony McEvoy and ridden by Greg Childs, broke the course record in a time of 1:09, winning by 3 1/2 lengths.

Gary Stevens, who rode Caller One, said, "He traveled okay for the first two furlongs, but he didn't handle the track, which is very sandy on the inside. He was really struggling on it from the word go."

Western Pride made a bold bid to the front in the 1 1/4-mile,

Group 1 Singapore Airlines International Cup, but he couldn't sustain the effort and weakened to finish 11th in the field of 13.

Grandera, owned by Godolphin, was a convincing two-length winner under Frankie Dettori. Paolini, the German invader trained by Andreas Wohler, was a gallant second under Andreas Suborics, with the 9-year-old Hong Kong challenger Indigenous another 2 1/2 lengths back in third.

Grandera, the 8-5 favorite, was timed in 2:01.30.

Western Pride's jockey, Frederic Sanchez, said, "We were cruising, but he got really tired in the last two furlongs."