Diamond Talents punters' best friend

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 13 June, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 13 June, 1999, 12:00am

Diamond Talents can glitter in the seventh event on a great day with which to end the season at Sha Tin this afternoon.

A $30.4 million Triple Trio jackpot is sure to lead to a bumper total pool on the world's best bet.

But watch your wagers as due to Oriental Express and Holy Grail's attempt on the Yasuda Kinen in Japan, which is simulcast live as the fifth event, the Triple Trio races have been rescheduled from their customary position as three, four and six to races four, six and eight.

The Double Trio is on races six and seven.

The disruption comes despite the almost certain lack of betting interest in the Yasuda Kinen for which Oriental Express and Holy Grail appear to be up against it.

Diamond Talents offers a much better betting opportunity.

The Andy Leung Ting-wah-trained youngster comes into the seventh event on the back of two extremely promising runs.

He's always worked and trialled as if possessed of a lot more ability than today's Class Four grade. It would be no surprise to see him winning and winning easily in Class Three next season, never mind Class Four.

First time out he got lost at Happy Valley before storming home once the penny had started to drop.

And then last time, pushed up to today's 1,400-metre Sha Tin trip, he would have gone close with any luck in running.

As it was he again finished like an almost certain future winner to be three-lengths sixth to Light Print.

What made the effort even more credible was that Diamond Talents came into the race off very little fast work and also suffered a decidedly interrupted run.

He's done more for this start and should also be brought on naturally by his couple of outings.

He may have most to fear from Kudos who was well spoken about on the strength of a good Australian trial when originally starting for Bruce Hutchison.

He ran two seconds for Hutchison but was then put up for tender and is now with Ricky Yiu Poon-fie for whom he probably needed his first-up run from his enforced spell.

He's trialled and worked encouragingly since that close fifth and should now be ready to do himself justice.

Scenic Wonder actually finished one place and half a length ahead of Diamond Talents last time in the Light Print race.

That was Scenic Wonder's debut and he can be expected to improve.

But he's never worked in quite the same exciting manner as Diamond Talents who, with normal luck in running, would have finished ahead of him last time anyway.

All the same, Scenic Wonder could place.

Patrick Biancone's Art Francais and Peter Ho's Sam's Colt are others with tierce chances while Express Lot is fancied to go much better now he's back at Sha Tin. His work has been good. Flying Tiger would be a very good outsider should there be any rain.

Elsewhere on the card, Apples And Oranges, Grand Vefour and Sky Manna may dominate the opener, while the improving Courage Star looks hard to beat in the sixth.