City Patrol best of pedestrians

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 26 February, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 26 February, 1998, 12:00am

Nothing to get too excited about from last week's action.

With the Wednesday night card taking place on a rain-affected sand track, Saturday's nine races should have offered the most reliable pointers to future winners.

But, although there were some solid efforts, the simple truth is nothing really stood out on the clock.

Pick of the bunch was City Patrol's win in the 1,400-metre Sports Road Handicap (section one). Clearly appreciating the fitting of blinkers and his first run in Class Four, his winning time of one minute and 24.2 seconds equates to a highly creditable Topspeed rating of 62 and if any race from the afternoon is worth following it is this one.

Certainly City Patrol, who earned a time figure of 57 when second in a Classes One and Two heat last season, should be capable of holding his own back in a higher grade now that he has found his form and the other two placegetters also look ready made winners.

Newcomer Fortune Tycoon confirmed the promise of his good morning work by chasing home City Patrol and a debut speed figure of 50 suggests David Hayes will have little trouble finding a race for him.

Indeed, a simple reproduction of his weekend effort should be enough to pick up a race, but there is also little doubt Fortune Tycoon will have improved for the experience and should progress for a step up in trip as well.

Third home Full Metal Jacket was another good worker going into the race and had already entered many a notebook as a horse to follow on the evidence of his previous placed efforts.

Saturday's loss should only be taken as a temporary setback for supporters. The Tony Cruz-trained galloper actually returned his best performance so far, clocking a rating of 58 compared to a previous-start 50 time figure.

Woodside Park is credited with a useful 57 time rating for his 1.75 lengths defeat of Delightful Special earlier on in the afternoon in section two of the Sports Road Handicap. David Hill's charge is an improving sprinter and, considering he looked to win with a little in hand, should be capable of winning more races.

The runner-up was only having his second start and had clearly progressed from his debut effort, clocking a Topspeed rating of 48 compared to his initial 34.