Happy Valley

Switch to Valley's synthetic surface suits All-Winners

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 16 March, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 16 March, 1993, 12:00am

ALL-WINNERS found stablemate Accolade just a little too strong at his last start but looks poised to break through in the fifth event - second leg of the Double Trio - on tomorrow night's equitrack card at Happy Valley.


All-Winners has invariably shown plenty of speed but a possible lack of resolution in the latter stages of earlier races over longer trips.


Trainer Ivan Allan took over the preparation of the horse this season and singled out the Valley short sprint on the turf for an interesting tilt on February 24.


With Frankie F.C. Lor up, All-Winners was in front until the very last strides when collared by his fast-finishing stablemate who had come home strongly off the fast pace.


Allan, whose string are in excellent form, has now switched All-Winners to equitrack for the first time but his style of racing should suit the synthetic surface.


Champion jockey Basil Marcus partners All-Winners and from his draw of four should have the gelding out very smartly. As he showed such considerable speed on grass here last time, it is reasonable to assume that he will be burning up the equitrack - and it is definitely easier to hang on on the dirt than the grass.


But this is by no means a one-horse race as trainer Brian Kan Ping-chee starts course and distance winner Prudent King in the 1,030-metre dash.


The Irish import scampered home for Mick Kinane earlier this season but this does look a slightly harder proposition although he should be there.


Hung Hing has had many chances but could reach the frame with Classic Turbo the other obvious chance in the race.


The first leg of the Double Trio does not seem to present punters with too much of a task - certainly as far as a banker bet is concerned.


The nod goes to the Bruce Hutchison-trained Sagar, with John Marshall up, who was half-a-length off Star Of Pakistan when they clashed on the dirt six weeks ago.


Star Of Pakistan hit the front at the top of the Rock in a 2,000-metre event on February 17 and won readily from Sagar, who was three-parts of a length away at the finish.


Sagar then ran an encouraging third at his next start on the grass at Sha Tin and now switches back to equitrack and over 2,100 metres.


As Sagar was closest at the line when clashing last time with Star Of Pakistan it is worth siding with him to reverse the form as he is now five pounds better off.


Championship-chasing Tony Cruz will partner Amazing Grace for Wong Tang-ping and there will be plenty of logical support for the pair.


Amazing Grace ran second to Valiant Red over 2,230 metres on equitrack for Cruz at his last outing and that run will be very closely involved in the outcome of this.


South China's King has solid equitrack form but is up to his neck in this company.