Born To Win well named
TONY HARBIDGE (Topspeed)
With Mick Kinane injured before the last event and the likes of Mr Vitality and Michael's Choice producing lacklustre performances, you could be forgiven for forming a negative view of last weekend's action at Sha Tin.
But think again. Anybody looking to the future should be positively buoyed with confidence after witnessing a couple of classy griffin heats, with Born To Win's scintillating success in section one of the South China Sea Plate being a particularly smart effort.
Everything about Born To Win's victory simply shouts class. Despite a seven-pound penalty, he positively destroyed his eight rivals and comfortably skipped 31/2 lengths clear of nearest pursuer Diamond And Gold (62) in a super slick 57.4 seconds.
The good to firm going produced fast times throughout the afternoon, but a simple comparison with Quick Action's Centenary Cup time gives a clear indication of the quality of the youngster's run. Despite shouldering nine pounds more than the Ivan Allan-trained Group Two winner, Born To Win completed the straight 1,000-metre dash in a time just 0.4 seconds slower and earned a Topspeed rating of 80 compared to 81 returned by Quick Action.
While that level speed figure can only be regarded as no more than solid for a Centenary Cup winner - Quick Action's best time performance over the past three seasons equates to a rating of 88 - it places Born To Win on the very highest plateau of griffin performances.
To put the effort into clearer perspective, it ranks as the best time performance achieved in a race restricted to griffins in the past three seasons and, considering the manner of victory, there is every reason to believe there is plenty more to come.
Make no mistake about it, Born To Win is an outstanding prospect who should be followed.
Surely there will also be punting opportunities with runner-up Diamond And Gold, who drew clear of the remainder and clocked a Topspeed rating (62) that would certainly be good enough to win a large percentage of griffin races.