Ping leaves the Best for last
Rising sprinting star Best Of The Best can wind up an excellent first season with victory in the eighth event at Sha Tin today.
The Rahy three-year-old has been one of the real griffin finds of the season and looks certain to develop into a high-grade sprinter with clear scope for significant improvement next season.
He has been most astutely handled by trainer Wong Tang-ping who wrapped up early griffin events and then achieved success in open company last time when accounting for Bullish down his favoured straight 1,000-metre course.
Ping has obviously earmarked today's race for a good final crack with the youngster and he is unlikely to be disappointed.
It is also significant that since defeating Bullish by a neck down the straight course, the Ricky P. F. Yiu-trained sprinter has franked the form by winning again.
Bullish has been another of the season's better performers so the form around Best Of The Best stands up. Eric Legrix has become the regular rider for Best Of The Best and it has been a useful outside ride for the French ace.
They are drawn on the outside in this Classes One and Two dash but one is never quite certain how the straight course will race, so the gelding's chances are best assessed on his form and potential.
As he has been carefully handled, there is little doubt that there is another good race left in Best Of The Best and that may not quite be the case with some of the others here.
But Brett Doyle has some confidence in Yellow River. He said: 'Overall he has had a very good season and he is a real sprinting type. This is a bit of a stiffer test and he is coming back to 1,000 but he will give a good account of himself.' Much the same applies to straight course specialist Fukien Boy, the mount of Paddy Payne.
The Geoff Lane-trained sprinter rarely runs badly down the straight course and could be in the frame.
Exactly the same applies to Flying Tiger, who will be ridden by Eric Saint-Martin for David Oughton.