Alex's Pride And Joy puts writing on wall
LOCAL handler Alex Wong Yu-on has an uncanny knack of finding some very good young horses.
The likes of Deerfield, Winning Chance and Supreme Monarch all spring readily to mind over the past few seasons.
His Pride And Joy is probably not in their class, but he does look to have an outstanding chance in tomorrow's sixth event, the final leg of the inaugural Triple Trio wager.
The son of Sir Tristram put in a most-promising effort on his racecourse debut when third to Diamond Head over an inadequate 1,200 metres.
He was only beaten a couple of lengths and will be much more at home over tomorrow's 1,400-metre trip with the longer straight in operation.
He blew the start behind Diamond Head and Jackie Tse had to use him more than he would have liked in the early stages to get back into the race.
Having worked overtime early on, he still had the ability to run home strongly in the closing stages.
There are not too many horses that can do it at both ends of their races. When one does, it is invariably worth following in the future.
Pride And Joy should progress significantly not just for the move up in distance and the more testing straight, he should also improve for the mental as well as physical experience of the race.
His last two gallops have certainly been of an exemplary nature. On Monday morning he could not have worked more fluently from the barriers, pulling lengths clear of his galloping companion.
And yesterday he simply flowed to the line under Tse in a piece on the main all-weather surface, clocking a very comfortable 24.0 seconds for his final quarter.
Both hitouts had future winner written all over them.
Patrick Biancone's Drifting Away worked really well in blinkers earlier in the week when going better than that very good worker, American Star, who has been with Biancone for a month or two.
Drifting Away is worthy of quinella respect in the sixth.
He has shaped as if needing 2,000 metres, but the French ace drops him back in distance and the first-time application of the blinds could well give him the sharpness required to compete meaningfully at 1,400 metres.
Make My Day has been in good form for some time and he is now back to his best trip of 1,400 metres at Sha Tin and is another worthy of consideration in the sixth.
Stephen Leung's Diamond Fortune has been one of the most impressive workers among the griffins this season.
He makes his eagerly awaited debut in the opener and is going to take plenty of beating.
However, he is also going to be priced accordingly as Leung has booked Tony Cruz for the ride.
The application of blinkers helped Time Fit to win a trial on Tuesday morning and he should run better with them in the second.
But do not get too carried away with Time Fit, he is no good thing.
Blaze Of Glory, the likely favourite, trialled well on Tuesday, too, and must take plenty of beating in the third.
He was very badly ridden by Julie Krone last time out when second to straight 1,000-metre specialist, Captive Trick, losing many lengths when taken out to the centre of the track instead of maintaining his position against the far rail.
While he should go very close to winning, and has trialled well, he has not done a heap of work and again is not one to have the mortgage on at cramped odds.
John Moore, the former multiple champion trainer, has been enjoying a fantastic run over the past few weeks.
A double on Wednesday night took him quietly to 20 winners for the campaign, just five behind Biancone in the battle for training honours.
Moore looks to have another very good chance in tomorrow's final event with Ever Joy who put in a most eye-catching run on his reappearance.
He was short of fitness and short of room in the straight when finding nothing but backsides to run up against.
In the circumstances he did well to finish so close to Electric Flash and has progressed with every piece of work since then, completing a pleasing 1,200 metres in 1:18.8 for Mick Kinane yesterday morning.