He may be out of the running for this year's championship, but former kingpin Brian Kan Ping-chee can still land some quality victories, writes Robin Parke. That was the case in yesterday's very open seventh event where Super Goal Star (5-1) eventually spread-eagled the field under Anton Marcus to win the nine-runner, Class Two event over 1,600 metres.
Emphasis was an uneasy favourite at 4-1 and found little under Mick Kinane in the straight while Marcus was enjoying a great run in the centre of the track.
Super Goal Star is a Class Three horse but the disparity in grading was certainly not in evidence when he powered away in the straight to win by just over three lengths. 'He liked having no weight on his back and he was very fit. I thought he would run very well and there were not too many runners in this race,' said Kan. Flirting Dancer (6-1) finished second with bottomweight Miss Piggy (20-1) an eye-catching third. Master Merlin (5-1) got to the front early but faded rapidly in the straight while Magic Joy (10-1) ran a moderate fourth.