THERE should be a big improvement by Plentiful Harvest following his debut run in yesterday's second griffin event where he was given no respite from the front under a far from patient ride from Johnny Ho.
The same can be said of the Basil Marcus-ridden Turf Champ. These two horses went hammer and tongs in front over the 1,235-metre course - a very stern test.
Unlike Sha Tin where they coast round the bends and are able to catch their breath, they race all the way round the Valley turns.
In the circumstances, Ho and Marcus did their mounts no favours by going so hard in front. Plentiful Harvest weakened from 200 metres out to eventually finish fifth of the eight runners but his final position does not reflect his ability.
He will be that much fitter next time out and is likely to see out the distance that much better. He is an above-average recruit.
Turf Champ lost second and then third place in the final 50 metres to Bounty and Golden Era. Ridden more patiently, Turf Champ would almost certainly have run the quinella.
Bounty stuck on really well having been wide for most of the way and is another horse to watch. The worrying thing is that he hung out in the straight as he did on his debut.