Ng's young gun loaded
Born To Win looks an outstanding bet to take this afternoon's seventh event on Chairman's Prize day at Sha Tin.
He should also be at reasonable odds with the unfashionable but very likable apprentice Richard K. M. So in the saddle and David Hayes' boom youngster Prince Fortune and Wylie Wong's ultra-consistent sprinter, Raymondo, in opposition.
Born To Win ran a cracker in the Kukri Trophy when staying on strongly in the closing stages to finish third to the potentially brilliant Bumper Storm, with Coach Maniac in second.
Nor did he have the best of luck that day as he was shuffled back a length or so as they swept into the bottom bend and from there on in was always fighting a losing battle with just too much ground to make up.
His form before that is very strong and he comes into open handicap company this afternoon with the best Topspeed figure recorded in griffin events this season.
That Topspeed figure of 83, which compares to the marks of 75 recorded by Kimber, the 74 by Engineman and the 72 by Victory Mount, was notched when Born To Win scored effortlessly over this afternoon's course and distance, the specialist 1,000-metre chute.
Born To Win clocked a raw time of 57.4 seconds under 135 pounds and won eased down under Piere Strydom by 3.5 lengths from subsequent winner, Diamond And Gold, who was in turn 3.5 lengths clear of the third, Happy Monies.
The best raw time ever by a griffin down the straight 1,000-metre chute came last weekend when Danswinner clocked 57.0s but that came on a slightly faster surface and with Danswinner carrying seven pounds less.
When the figures are adjusted for weight and the state of the track, Born To Win's effort comes out as extremely classy and more than good enough to win this afternoon's seventh event.
Further encouragement can be gleaned from his work as Born To Win has been cantering all over everything that his trainer Peter Ng Bik-kuen has worked him against.
And from barrier one in a small field which is certain to be taken along at a good clip by the likes of Sun-Rise, Gold Yue Yee and Prince Fortune, apprentice So should not have too many tactical headaches.
Hopefully he can sit in behind the speed, move up to them inside the final 200 metres and then ask Born To Win to quicken and go and win his race.
The main dangers are probably Raymondo and Prince Fortune.