Privilege provides the last hurrah
SAVE the best until last at tonight's Happy Valley meeting - and that means backing the Ivan Allan-trained Privilege in the final event.
The well-bred son of Last Tycoon is an old favourite of Topspeed fans due to the excellent speed figure he clocked behind Hussar as a griffin last season.
In typical Allan fashion, Privilege has gradually come to hand this time round and there is no reason whatsoever to desert him now that he is moved up in distance to 1,800 metres.
Indeed, on breeding he should relish this trip as his sire, Last Tycoon, while very much a sprinter has sired progeny that stay further, not least Marju who was placed in the English Derby.
And the dam of Privilege, Spire, is by Shirley Heights who was himself an English Derby winner.
So there is every reason to believe that Privilege will stay the trip and that is how he appeared to race last time when chasing home Winner's Special over a mile at Sha Tin.
He was still a bit inexperienced in the run that day and Basil Marcus did well to keep him going and balanced and Privilege was fighting back on the line. The form from that race has a solid feel to it as the first two pulled well clear of the third-placed Kick The Habit and Super Fellow, who ran fifth, has come out and run a good second on Sunday behind Fortune Basin. What's more, the form of Winner's Special's previous run has worked out as his conqueror, Fortune Ride, ran a cracking second to Northern Fire Ball on International Cup day.
And for Topspeed devotees there is also the little matter of the time that Privilege recorded behind Winner's Special.
It was not quite such a good figure as he notched behind Hussar, which was an exceptionally quick race on the day, but it was the best one he has recorded this season.
In fact, Privilege's speed figures have improved with each and every run this campaign and my track spies tell me there is every reason to believe that he is capable of further improvement tonight. There is no worry about him handling the tight Valley bends, either, as he showed he was most adept at cornering at the idiosyncratic city venue when beating Congratulations two starts back over a mile.
But what I really liked about Privilege was how, having disputed the lead in a fast-run race last time out, he then rallied in the closing stages.
Any horse that does that is worth following. It shows they have a strength and a tenacity about them.