Weight the difference in run to line
By ROBIN PARKE
FRONT-RUNNING tactics by champion jockey Basil Marcus almost paid off in the second event at Sha Tin last night but apprentice-ridden Lucky Clover (5-1), well weighted against him, turned the tables on topweight Privilege (7-2).
They came lengths clear of third-placed Arman's Sax and Privilege was given a perfect ride by the South African who got him quickly to the front in the Classes One and Two, 1,900-metre event, then slowed the field up before scooting clear at the top of the straight.
It was enough to easily sink race favourite Saladin (3-1) but, with victory seeming in sight for the Ivan Allan-trained stayer, Lucky Clover burst from the pack to nail Privilege right on the post.
He was weighted to do so on their last run where Lucky Clover came home well behind Privilege whose form for this event was first class.
Trainer Brian Kan Ping-chee had every reason to be pleased with the fluent win of Banker's Delight (2-1 favourite) in the night's opening event.
The horse has shown ability in his two runs but the step back up to the longer sprint was the key factor here.
He had been backed down to odds-on in a straight 1,000-metre race last time out but did not get really going under Tony Cruz who rode him again last night.