Sebastian primed to repay Hill's patience
Improving Don Sebastian can initiate a stable back-to-back double for trainer David Hill in the final two events on tonight's mixed Sha Tin dirt and grass card.
This is Hill's time of the season. Habitually he, John Moore (with whom he once shared the trainers' title) and Ivan Allan are the three trainers to follow as the season draws to a close because of their patient training methods.
Their horses are in the pink over the final two months or so whereas those from other stables may have already peaked.
Don Sebastian appears to be a typical Hill horse and the trainer is also expecting a bold showing from his quality stayer Supreme Bases in the last. Both these horses had excellent chances when this meeting was originally programmed for the Sunday before last only for it to fall victim to typhoon signal eight.
The guts of that meeting now occurs this evening with many of the original runners back in again.
Don Sebastian and Supreme Bases were flying coming into that typhoon stricken day but they seem to be equally as well.
Don Sebastian has worked most fluently leading into tonight's 1,800-metre contest and can also boast very strong form.
Last time out he beat Win For Lily who has franked the form since with a useful win.
Don Sebastian's victory over Win For Lily is also better than it may appear on paper as he had to come from off a slow pace. It is never easy to make ground off a slow tempo, let alone win.
Don Sebastian may have most to fear from David Hayes' improving Good News, the Ricky Yiu Poon-fie-trained Kiwi Star, who has thrived since joining the impressive Yiu, and from Saturday's facile wet-track winner Billion Delight.
Good News could be particularly hard to beat as his work has been excellent since his easy last-start win and his Topspeed figures coming out of each of his past two runs mark him down as more than able to hold his own in Class Two.
Good News should also like the move up to 1,800 metres. He's improved as he's been stepped up in trip by Hayes. Elsewhere on the card, Chris Cheung Ting-pong-trained griffin Winning Boy should take plenty of beating in the opener as should Wylie Wong's improver, Northern Flyer, in the fifth.
Supreme Bases appears to have struck an easier race than his previous intended event which was the Cable TV Cup, where he was due to give weight to Patrick Biancone's Derby fifth Ho Ho, who is now a top chance in tonight's second race, the Sha Tin Futurity Trophy.
Winning Boy has worked and trialled extremely well. He could well be worth taking in quinellas and tierces with the likes of Top Racer and Strongheart in the opener in which Supreme Champion can show improvement.
Northern Flyer looks to have the Class Four fifth event at his mercy.