Fireball ought to burn in next outing

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 12 February, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 12 February, 1998, 12:00am

If you are judged by the company you keep then Wong Tang-ping's Fireball (79-1) deserves plenty of attention when he next meets the starter.

The Be My Chief gelding was a game sixth in last night's Classes One and Two middle-distance affair won in fine style by Golden Duke and he seems to be finally reaching a mark where he can be competitive.

Female apprentice Win Chung Lai-fong elected to drop the five-year-old to the tail of the field and follow the fence until they reached The Rock. From there she bustled him up and Fireball responded.

He did a grand job in the straight, negotiating a clear passage and finishing on really well under the light weight (103 pounds).

Granted, he was passing beaten horses in the run to the line but they did get along - the 1,800 metres was clocked a full second under standard time for Class One performers.

Wait for a return to the more spacious Sha Tin and perhaps a drop in class.