Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing

Time ripe for Oughton to strike Success

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 02 May, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 02 May, 1999, 12:00am

Topweight Plenty Success is the one to beat in the fourth event at Sha Tin and it looks like another winner for the soon-to-split partnership of trainer David Oughton and jockey Alan Munro.

Plenty Success has been in good form without winning but now strikes a distance and class in which he can prevail.

Over 2,000 metres in Class Four, it will take something useful in this field to topple a horse who has beaten much better in the past.

Plenty Success has been at Happy Valley for one of his past three starts and there will be those who maintain that he prefers the city track.

He has been partnered by Freddie Sanchez, now suspended, at his past two outings and Munro is back aboard today for the first time since the pair ran third over 1,800 metres to Silver Power at Sha Tin in February.

On that occasion Plenty Success came from near last in the field to finish an eye-catching third under three lengths from the winner.

He followed, again in Class Four, with a three-length fifth to Brilliant Leader - a handy type - and consistent Guscott who re-opposes today with Robbie Fradd.

The Ng Bik-kuen stayer can definitely turn the tables as far as handicaps are concerned but Plenty Success will appreciate the extra distance of this event and that could be the telling factor.

There is no question that the horse is in good heart.

His work has continued to be pleasing and Oughton's horses are invariably in good form towards the back end of any given season.

The one to watch at big odds is the Patrick Biancone-trained Comedy who steps up to a greater distance than he has run over in the past. His breeding suggests he should get it and his best runs have seen him come home fairly well at the end of lesser trips.

He is by no means a strong tip but is worth taking a chance with in a quinella or tierce bet.

Cheers Again is also worth consideration while Sky Hawk and Dream Team are not totally out of it. Cheers Up has become expensive and is best opposed.


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