Yiu to earn Kudos for lightly raced youngster
The late season re-appearance of the interesting Kudos suggests the four-year-old Danehill gelding is well worth a bet in the eighth event at Sha Tin today.
Now with Ricky P. F. Yiu, Kudos ran second on two earlier outings over 1,400 metres but finished second to both Good News - a winner on Wednesday night - and Happy Champ.
On his debut, Kudos was slowly away and made up his ground late, suggesting that he might need longer to show his best.
At his second start he was much closer to the pace but found one simply too good.
It has been noticeable that his recent work has not so much picked up as been spiced up.
He has been given good, sharp work and it may well be that today's longer sprint is just what he is looking for following his lengthy break from the track.
The admirable Steven King rides Kudos for his retaining trainer and from an ideal barrier draw in three, they should be in a position to come home strongly down the long Sha Tin straight and claim victory.
On what has been seen of Kudos, he does look more than capable of winning in Class Four and he is running into some gallopers today who have seen more than their fair share of action this season.
But there should be another run left in Kowloon Jazz who is something of a professional placegetter.
Although still a maiden, the Irish import has notched up $1 million in prize money which pays due testimony to the fact that he does know how to reach the frame.
He may have to settle for second place again with Henry K. C. Tsang in the saddle. Kowloon Jazz has been in the frame at his past two Sha Tin starts and should be thereabouts again.
An unheralded danger could well be The Most Dauntless who was seen coming home well over 1,000 metres at Happy Valley on his debut.
It was not a great race as such but The Dauntless One, trained by Geoff Lane and ridden by Eric Legrix, was doing his best work at the line and looking in need of a lot more ground.
The step up in distance seems to be exactly what the three-year-old is after and he must be included in tierce and quinella bets.
Elsewhere on the card, it may pay to give under-achieving Cossack another chance in the fifth event.
He will be ridden again by maximum claimer Philip C. T. Cheng for David Oughton and has drawn against the rails which should be an advantage.
This is the easiest field Cossack has faced as he has done his campaigning in higher company and if Cheng can get him out and running he will surely give a sight with the weight off his back.