King is on his way to a Fortune
By LAWRENCE WADEY
MELBOURNE Cup-winning jockey Steven King has done better than he could reasonably have been expected to, in his riding stint to date.
He is big in Australia but reputations count for nothing up here. They have to be earned all over again.
King is well on the way to doing that, having amassed five winners to date in the most determined fashion - all the more remarkable because he has hardly gone into any meeting with a strong book of rides.
One horse he should be watched for in the closing stages of the season is the Peter Tse Yan-sid trained Financial Fortune.
The six-year-old won well enough earlier in the season at Happy Valley, benefiting from an appreciable cut in the ground.
It is at this time of year that the ground can get decidedly soft at Sha Tin and Financial Fortune's first run back from a spell, plus yesterday's work, suggest he is one for the notebook as he should be at good odds.
He would have badly needed the run behind Winning Stallion in his first run back but went pleasingly to the line and has been working encouragingly since.
Yesterday he came through a fluent 800-metres in 49.0 seconds under King with Lance O'Sullivan on stablemate , Super Freighter, who looks every inch the Class One horse he has been rated.
Financial Fortune is in a Class Four mile handicap on Saturday. He may still need that run but, all the same is probably worth keeping safe in the tierce. He should then be spot on.
Stephen Leung's Lickety Split worked well again yesterday and, interestingly is in the same race as Financial Fortune this weekend.