Speed Win to show clean pair of heels

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 30 November, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 30 November, 1997, 12:00am

Speed Win should represent decent win and place value in the final event on another interesting and potentially lucrative Sha Tin card.

There will be plenty of interest in the St Andrew's Challenge Quaich with the Patrick Biancone-trained Johan Cruyff in the lineup and starting to show in his work the kind of quality which enabled him to run fourth in no less a contest than the Irish Derby.

The Chevalier Cup also promises to be a fascinating contest with the Tony Cruz-trained Willie Way and Ivan Allan's Regal Ridge my two against the field in an event which is the centre pin of the Triple Trio for which an exciting jackpot of $16 million is carried forward. The Triple Trio is the best bet in the world so at least spare a few bucks to have a crack at the jackpot.

And in Speed Win, there looks to be betting material in the last race of the day.

Trainer Ricky Yiu has his team in tremendous form and his jockey Robbie Fradd is proving to be a valuable acquisition.

They have produced a number of youngsters to win already this season and Speed Win looks to be one of Yiu's best imports.

The son of Mi Preferido arrived from New Zealand with some decent two-year-old form to his name and had caught the eye in his work prior to his debut second to Express Duke over 1,200 metres at Sha Tin.

He was beaten 2.75 lengths by Express Duke that day but he didn't have any luck in running, particularly in the straight when he was trapped behind horses and had nowhere to go.

He wouldn't have beaten Express Duke, but with a clear run he would have finished a fair bit closer.

He was then completely unsuited by the Valley's minimum 1,000-metre sprint trip and could never get into the race, won by Trademark from American Way.

That run is best ignored as far as his chance goes this afternoon. Better to rely on that fast finishing second to Express Duke, his good two-year-old form in New Zealand and his good work leading into this contest.

The sixth event also makes plenty of appeal as a betting medium with the Ivan Allan-trained Wind Chaser looking extremely hard to beat now that he has had time to acclimatise.

Although placed only once from his six starts he should have sufficient ability to pose a major threat in this class and has really started to put it all together in the mornings.

Chiu Chow Boy is a top form chance after forcing Born To Win all the way to the line last time.

He loves Sha Tin and looks ideally suited by the 1,400-metre trip.

That pair may have most to fear from Zambezi, who is facing easier company, and Small Wonder, who was asked to cover a lot of extra ground last time when ridden poorly.