Victory won't be far away
TWO runs in five days have done Victory And Gold no harm and trainer Brian Kan Ping-chee's classy English import is going to make his presence felt in local racing. He was ridden on the pace in the Silver Tankard yesterday and still stuck on well to be sixth behind Electric Flash.
It will be a lot closer the next time they meet - and that might well be in the Derby. Victory And Gold has excellent English form and an official rating of 113 and his early runs here strongly indicate he will live up to his reputation. Expect a top jockey on him shortly and Victory And Gold to be ridden rather more quietly off the pace. Red Star is going to win a race for trainer Wong Tang-ping who can do no wrong this season. He came home strongly and quite late to finish second to Pride And Joy and the writing is on the wall for him. The blinkers were taken off Red Star yesterday and that may have helped. He has not been an easy horse to ride over the years and if trainer Wong sticks with Holland or a top senior rider, a win will come from Red Star. It's stating the obvious to anyone who watched yesterday's seventh event that Winning Sammy just has to live up to his name.
He jumped at 9-2 but jockey Hung Kwok-hing is far from the top echelon of riders and was of little help. Winning Sammy wandered about in the straight, having been bustled up early after being slightly slowly away and, above all, needs good, strong handling. He has the ability, of that there can be no real doubt.