Fat chance to lift Cup

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 15 June, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 15 June, 1997, 12:00am

On a day when elder brother Basil will be freshly crowned champion jockey yet again, Anton Marcus can grab his share of glory by winning the last feature race of the season, the Flyaway Cup.

Anton partners Fat Choy Together for retaining trainer Brian Kan Ping-chee and the resolute young stayer has an undoubted chance in this 14-runner event for Classes One and Two over 1,800 metres.

The biggest threat to Fat Choy Together is the distance - he is better over longer.

But the Sha Tin surface could be anything in the present weather conditions and if it does deteriorate it won't harm the chances of Fat Choy Together.

The B Course will see the longer straight in action and that is also in favour of Fat Choy Together who has made an impressive march up the ratings and classification ladder this season.

He was beaten by Twin Dragons last time - finishing third with Sensible Choice splitting the quinella - but he definitely gave the winner the last crack as Fat Choy Together was locked on the pace with Winner's Special.

It was Twin Dragons, off the pace and travelling sweetly, who delivered the killer blow after Sensible Choice had just pegged Fat Choy Together back close home.

There is likely to be a sharper pace on in this 1,800-metre event and Fat Choy Together, drawn in barrier six, should be able to settle just off it.

In the past in lower company, he has quickened well to score decisively and this could well be the case today.

But the Flyaway Cup does look something of a minefield. There are at least half a dozen decent chances and several others who cannot be ruled out.

This is easier for topweight Northern Fire Ball, on his day capable of beating all but the best of these.

His work gives nothing away as he is no star but trainer Wong Tang-ping can usually get this fellow right for the right race and today's feature does fill the bill.

Winning Horse hit trouble last time but is coming back in distance from 2,400 metres to this trip which could be a problem.

He will not be averse to rain-affected ground and is worth minor consideration.

Best One went under narrowly last time but this is harder and he makes little appeal with girl claimer Win L. F. Chung aboard and much the same applies to Royal Attire and the bottomweight, Pride And Joy.

Winning Lad has strong claims for championship-challenging John Moore and the horse has been right there in each of his past three runs.

Last time out he was three lengths off Smiling and Legitimate and that is not bad form. He looks a solid tierce chance and could go even better.

Gaylord's form is patchy but he has certainly been working well and could run a bold race for Eric Saint-Martin.

He has now snared a couple of winners for David Oughton who will be officially retaining the Frenchman next season.

Multi-Star is unknown at the trip and may have been a bit flattered by his run last time but if he does run this out he is not without claims.

Cricket Lord is definitely fitter and has been working well although this might ultimately be a little on the short side for him, too.

Ablaze has great dirt form but is no slouch on the grass either and could give a sight for Wendyll Woods who was aboard two starts back when the gelding ran well for a fourth placing behind Fat Choy Together over 2,200 metres. He is weighted to reverse placings.

Skase Race could be the one to spring a minor surprise. He was checked in running last time or would have finished on top of them and there was no fluke about his win prior to that. This is definitely one to keep safe.

Take Charge, despite the not inconsiderable presence of the champion jockey, does look to have it to do but the last-start winner, Twin Dragons, cannot be ruled out.