Rainbow seeks pot of gold
LAWRENCE WADEY, Racing Editor
The young guns should hold centre stage at Sha Tin this afternoon with the highly progressive Rainbow Seeker and Calculation, Derby hope We Know When and the exciting griffin debutant Bumper Storm all expected to take plenty of beating.
Rainbow Seeker lines up for the 10-runner seventh event on an exciting day's programme which as well as having a plethora of young talent on show also features the San Miguel Silver Tankard, the oldest sponsored race in the calendar.
If a combination of the young guns and such quality Class One handicappers as Helene Star, China Cruise and Master Eagle does not attract a crowd well in excess of 40,000, then we really do have a spectator slump on our hands.
Rainbow Seeker won well in an excellent time at the Valley on his most recent outing when flooring the odds-on Rising Glory. Fay Fay ran third and has basically franked the form by running a highly creditable fourth to Grassland Star on Wednesday night.
Since then, Rainbow Star, who boasts two wins and a second from his only three career starts, has appeared to train on very well in the mornings.
Former multiple champion trainer John Moore is responsible for both We Know When and Calculation who run in the day's eighth and second events respectively.
We Know When showed an outstanding burst of speed to run down stablemate Master Merlin last time out, having previously drawn on that exciting acceleration to get himself out of a pocket and score on International Day.
Both those impressive victories came over a mile but Darren Beadman, who rode him to victory on International Day, and Mick Kinane, who was on board last time and is again on top today, feel a move to 1,800 metres could bring about improvement in this son of American stallion, Private Terms.
Calculation was unlucky to run into Forest Spring last time out but lost nothing in defeat.
He went down by a head but the pair drew fully 43/4 lengths clear of third-placed Sky Time and that is nearly always a sign of copper-bottomed form. What's more, Forest Spring has come out and won very easily since whereas Calculation made him fight all the way to the line last time and had him seriously rattled 200 metres out.
Bumper Storm has worked like something special going into the griffin event and it is hard to envisage defeat for the Patrick Biancone-trained youngster, who races for the same sporting connections as the prolific but currently sidelined Bumper Star.