High Powered revved up for dirt mission
High Powered lived right up to his name with a thundering finish at his last start on the Sha Tin dirt which saw him narrowly fail to peg back winner Honest Dragon.
The David Hill-trained Irish import has an extra 150 metres in which to operate in the second event today and, on the same all-weather surface, High Powered is going to take all the beating in this Class Four event.
High Powered has had a troubled Hong Kong career. After winning a race early in his career, he came back from that with severe tendon problems and was ruled out for a year.
Hill brought him back gingerly but the patience, to date, has been rewarded and his last-start second suggests that High Powered is now ready to deliver a winning blow.
He came out of that race in good shape and has been kept ticking over since then and today's modest contest on the dirt does look tailor-made for the son of Danehill.
The keys to success are obvious: dirt, distance and good form at the back end of the season.
The three make a potent combination but the horse is likely to start favourite or close to it, so no fortunes are likely to be made.
Sorting out the quinella is not that easy as there are others with reasonable form on the brown stuff.
Topweight Honey Wind is not the most resolute but he does have an ease in class and trainer Francis K. W. Lui has put up maximum claimer Eric K. W. Lee who is well worth the claim.
He ran a hopeless race last time on the surface but has scored off a light weight in the past and may be worth bearing in mind.
Rainbow Seeker is prepared by trainer Ricky P. F. Yiu and ran a respectable third on a rain-affected dirt surface last time. With Steven King up, he is not out of this.
The other intriguing runner is Johnny's Angel who is prepared by 'dirt king' Wong Tang-ping and ran a reasonable second over a mile on the surface two starts back.
His breeding strongly suggests that he can run out 1,800 metres and, as Johnny's Angel can travel close to the pace, he is an ideal dirt horse. Apprentice Alex K. S. Yu rides and the four-year-old looks an interesting quinella and tierce proposition.