Commander aimed at weekend mission

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 03 November, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 03 November, 1998, 12:00am

Commander Charlie is worth keeping firmly in mind should he take up his entry for this Sunday's Class Two 1,400-metre handicap.

David Oughton's team has generally been performing well after a customary slow start to the season and Commander Charlie appears to be in the pink.

He raced too freely first time out but that was purely a result of being too fresh and did not reflect any inate temperament problems.

Next time, with that freshness out of him, he ran a great race and was unlucky to come up against such a decent youngster as Man Of Honour.

And he might well have won anyway had it not been for Donizetti forcing him out further wide than jockey Alan Munro would have wanted as they came off the apex of the home bend at Sha Tin.

Yesterday, Commander Charlie put in a strong gallop down by the riverside under Munro, completing his 800-metre section in a quick 46.2 seconds.

That hitout should have left Commander Charlie cherry-ripe for the weekend though two of yesterday's other main workers are likely to give him something to think about, should they line up.

Geoff Lane's Footprints was one of last season's better griffins and appears to be being prepared for a first-up crack at something.

He's been working and trialling well for sometime now and yesterday came through a more or less even 800-metre piece in 51.8 seconds under local claimer Peter Y. S. Wong.

High Sky is set to race in blinkers when next seen out. He also worked through even sections yesterday as he clocked one minute and 19.4 seconds for his 1,200-metre gallop.

He cost plenty of money from Ireland where he was very well thought about as a two-year-old. Indeed, his Hong Kong buyers beat off strong opposition from British trainers to bring him out here.

So far he's been a touch disappointing but his work in blinkers has been better and they could be what he needs on a raceday. He's given that impression from the moment he made his debut last season.

City Warrior is another to note now that his work is stepping up. He galloped down by the riverside yesterday and is back into a Class Three mile event on Sunday.

That drop in class could be just what he needs and yesterday's work on the back of his outings so far this season should see him primed for action.

He's actually been racing better than his finishing position indicates, especially the start before last.

City Warrior's stablemate, Destination, is improving all the time and should have benefited from his hitout yesterday. He won't be long in winning.