Choi gets a chance to shine for Ping
MISS Piggy is well placed to improve upon a last-start third placing when tackling the sixth event at Sha Tin today, writes Robin Parke.
Miss Piggy is not an easy horse to catch, but this Class Three, 1,800-metre event is tailor-made for the veteran Wong Tang-ping galloper who will be ridden by stable claimer, Vicki C. W. Choi. At his last outing, Miss Piggy finished strongly for a three-parts of a length third to Tollway who went on to frank the form significantly by winning again - and beating a couple of today's opponents in the process. Trainer Wong is having a fine season and is bringing it to a close with a real bang. Miss Piggy is one of several horses over the next two weeks who are going to go very close to adding to the trainer's impressive winning tally.
It has also been noticeable this season that Wong has turned to Choi on more than one occasion in good races and given the lad a chance - which has been snapped up. Choi's handling of Pine Fame, to give one instance, was excellent. Choi has emerged as a useful rider who won't let the side down when given the right material. He has been on Miss Piggy on numerous occasions over the seasons, but not always when the gelding was actually ready to do something. Given the way the seven-year-old has been kept ticking over since the last good effort, Miss Piggy is ready to do something today. Interestingly, the gelding was ridden reasonably close to the pace last time although, in the past, Miss Piggy has tended to come from midfield or worse with sustained, sometimes winning runs.
Miss Piggy and Choi have drawn the rails position so it does give the lad a choice. Miss Piggy is not past the post so taking short odds would not be advisable, but there does not appear to be that much depth to the event. The big improver is Euro Dollar from the Brian Kan Ping-chee yard who will be ridden by Eden H. K. Cheung and jump from the extreme outside in the 13-runner field. Euro Dollar ran a good race in heavy ground over this trip last time and has come on a lot since then. He has never been better since coming to Hong Kong and looks certain to be right there today.