Cheers all round for Perfect ending

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 11 July, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 11 July, 2012, 12:00am


Perfect Cheers has a query over him at tonight's distance, but he ticks plenty of other boxes for the Bulldozer Handicap (1,800m).

Trainer Caspar Fownes may have lost his title as 'King of the Valley' - the accolade currently with Dennis Yip Chor-hong by three wins over Fownes and Peter Ho Leung - but he remains hard to beat any time and he could end with the final winner of the Valley season.

Perfect Cheers (Eddy Lai Wai-ming) was a brilliant 1,650m winner at the Valley from an inside gate mid-season, before he was hampered by outside barriers for several runs, but still raced well in the circumstances.

Last start, he finally managed to draw a good alley and ran as favourite over the extended mile, but a slow early pace counted against him in the race won by Yue Lu Treasure.

For the second time in as many races since a freshen-up in April, Perfect Cheers overraced in the slow tempo for the first half of the race. He closed off in under 23 seconds but it wasn't enough in that scenario, especially with 129 pounds.

This time he goes to 1,800m and up a grade but he drops sharply in the weights with the rise to Class Two. There is no question he is good enough for that class and it is even possible he can afford to do one or two things wrong with 113 pounds and still win, but the tempo is an issue.

The speed, at first glance, is moderate and one of the main chances, Emperor Claudius (Douglas Whyte), may get a picnic in the lead. But there are other scenarios, with Cartoon Fay Fay (Terry Wong Chi-wai) having shown good early speed and even a couple of X-factor pace influences in Noble Boy and Spirit Soaring.

Neither has been that quick in shorter races at two appearances, but they step up to 1,800m for the first time and both had a prominent racing style at these types of distances in Ireland and England.

With no real pace on in the early stages, it wouldn't surprise to see at least one of them asked to race more forward and could have a bearing on the result if both happened to go there.