Breeze Of Luck can double up
Breeze Of Luck's sharp acceleration is what separates him the rank and file in Class Four and the four-year-old can make it two in a row in the Kowloon Cricket Club Centenary Cup (1,800m) at Sha Tin today.
The Class Four middle-distance event is the day's trophy event and finds the David Hall-trained Breeze Of Luck (Brett Prebble) in the peak of form after his powerful finish to win over 1,600m last start and break his maiden status.
Breeze Of Luck has promised to be a handy galloper since he first set foot on the track, and the son of Flying Spur has taken his time to get it all right but his last couple of starts have shown that he is getting it together now.
Prebble took him right to the outside rail on the 'C+3' last start and Breeze Of Luck came from last before the home turn to sweep clear and beat Why Not by almost two lengths over 1,600m.
The speed of this race doesn't look quite as good as the tempo that day, which comes against Breeze Of Luck's get-back style. Only Ferrabosco, who also led in Breeze Of Luck's win, and the outsider Hurry Hurry Up appear likely to seek the front end of the race with any vigour.
However, Breeze Of Luck steps up to 1,800m for the first time and has drawn better, two factors which might see him a touch closer in running, but the main factor for Breeze Of Luck is his fleetness of foot.
Breeze Of Luck has been quick enough to run well at 1,200m, yet ran the 1,600m right out strongly and his ability to quicken at the finish of a race is key.
Most of his rivals today are quite one-paced and most of them have been around the block once or twice as well, while Breeze Of Luck is only now running at his correct distances and may still have some room for advancement into Class Three.
Looking for dangers, Tom's Eighth (James McDonald) is a Class Three winner a year ago, and has become well-graded after only recently dropping down to Class Four. Not long with the Tony Millard yard, Tom's Eighth is showing signs of finding something like his old form lately.
He closed off his race strongly at Happy Valley two starts ago at an insufficient 1,650m, getting into fourth behind Mega Champion, and had no luck there last time when well in the market behind Winning Mascot.
His rider Willie Pike was a victim of circumstances, pushed back through the field rounding the home turn when caught behind the fast-weakening Prosperity, and his sixth finishing position on paper doesn't really do credit to the run. Tom's Eighth can be slowly away at times, but we have seen him race handy when he has got out of the gates and he looks a real threat.
Consistent Let's Goal (Douglas Whyte) doesn't win often - just once in 26 attempts - but he generally takes a handy position so a soft pace won't be against him and he is better suited back in Class Four.