Legrix to lift Drifting Away
By ROBIN PARKE
AN anticipated midweek double has left Patrick Biancone just one adrift of leader John Moore in the trainers' championship and the Frenchman has at least one gilt-edged chance on today's Sha Tin card. Stayer Drifting Away is unquestionably the one to beat in the seventh event which has fallen away to a disappointing nine runners, several of whom patently can not win.
It would be impossible to make much of a case for veteran Winged Foot, who has failed at the trip before; out-of-form Magic Dreams whose breeding does not suggest he will stay and So Easy, who does stay, but still does not look completely ready after two poor runs since first starting for Geoff Lane. Conversely, Drifting Away is in a Classes Three and Four race which is simply made for the four-year-old and Biancone legs up stable jockey Eric Legrix who replaces claimer Simon H. K. Yim.
His master has crafted the career of young Yim superbly, but one of the few times the lad has not looked the part has been riding Drifting Away. Legrix, like all top northern hemisphere riders, is a master at riding distance races and Drifting Away is going to get every possible assistance today.
On their run behind New Airport, Drifting Away should hold topweight Gold Capture who will be reunited today with claimer Peter W. L. Ho, another lad who has not had a lot of luck on this stayer. But Gold Capture, in a race of few real chances, must have quinella claims while Dragon Jet, with Tony Cruz up, is looking for this trip.
The Brian Kan Ping-chee stayer came home solidly behind Lifo over 1,800 metres last time out to be closest at the finish when just under four lengths away third from the impressive winner. He has placed over this testing 2,200-metre trip in the past and looks a solid each-way and quinella chance. He could easily give Drifting Away most to do.
Trust Myself has not run well of late, but should he rediscover his best form under Lance O'Sullivan would be an outside chance.