Hot Strydom ready to fire up Strike Out
Another dirt meeting at Sha Tin tomorrow night sees Strike Out as appealing banker material in the Class Six third event - the opening leg of the Triple Trio. Strike Out has improved with racing this season for Alex Wong Siu-tan, who has his horses in fine form - notching another winner at the weekend with Fairview Star. The stayer was ridden by the top South African jockey Piere Strydom, who will be doing most of the riding for Wong in the absence of Larry Cassidy, who has been suspended until December 11.
Strydom has ridden three winners in the last two meetings having prior to that endured the kind of nightmare spell in the wilderness that seems to hit all jockeys at some stage in this jurisdiction. Prior to a dirt success on Marshal Order last Wednesday night, Strydom had gone 41 rides without a winner. But he immediately followed Marshal Order with a double on Sunday.
His confidence will now be much, much higher and he did give Fairview Star an absolute peach of a ride. Strike Out has also come to form, running a close second to Will It Figure in a 2,200-metre event at Happy Valley last time.
And last week they tended to go very hard in these mile events so it just could be that Strike Out can slice through them in the final 400 metres and run home into the tierce.
That is all that is required from a Triple Trio banker and Strydom, who excels when the stalking tactics are called for, is the perfect rider for the job. Fortune Partner must be respected as he should be bowling along at the head of affairs and is well suited by the dirt. Fit For Royalty is a useful Class Six performer and has thrived since joining Tony Cruz. He, too, should go very close.
Down at the bottom of the weights it could pay to throw in Mighty Mount, who shaped well on his reappearance and has shown on a couple of occasions that he is capable of winning from the bottom of Class Six.
The fourth event, the middle pin of the Triple Trio, is an extremely tough contest. Let It Ride goes very well on the dirt and is fitter for his first-up effort. Mr Zillionaire is in the right grade and has to be respected along with Baskerville, who should be suited to bowling along on the dirt. He is a winner on the artificial surface.
Nikim is carrying his usual amount of condition, which almost makes him look fat, but he is very well in himself and does have Demon Douglas Whyte doing the pushing. Startrice should take plenty of catching in the sixth event.
There was no fluke about his win last time, despite the price. It was the blinkers that made all the difference and he has the speed to overcome his outside draw.
Moon Dancer has worked well since his recent second placing and should be respected along with stablemate Magnum Thirtythree who is well handicapped. The only problem with the latter is the distance. He may be suspect at a strong mile and this is likely to be run at a solid pace.
Diamond King went into the notebook with a most promising run last time when right in the firing line. Strydom has another decent opportunity in the fifth, the concluding leg of the Double Trio which opens with race four. Strydom partners Omnipotence for Wong Siu-tan and the gelding has never worked better.
His main rival could be the Whyte whose mount Monopoly Senior is another trackwork star who should racing on the dirt. Also watch out for Family Of Wah Yuen who is now over his favourite course and distance.