It's Spring time for Hayes
Spring Miles looks far too good for his Class Four opponents in the second event on tonight's Happy Valley card.
Trainer David Hayes has introduced any number of useful, well-prepared youngsters to win in Class Four on their first or second starts.
Many of them have obliged at the Valley and this son of Dolphin Street seems destined to become another from Hayes' powerful Lindsay Park academy to do the same.
Indeed, the level of support for Spring Miles on his debut showed in no uncertain terms that there were plenty who thought he was an outstanding chance to make a winning debut in Hong Kong.
Hayes had set him for a dash down the Sha Tin straight and while Spring Miles failed to win, his supporters were desperately unlucky not to get the cash. Spring Miles failed by just a short-head to beat Lawrie Fownes' exciting youngster, Sparky, who had the benefit of racecourse experience due to two runs as a griffin.
Sparky was also able to get a lead into the race from barrier five whereas Spring Miles had to do an awful lot of running out by himself as he had to jump from gate 14 on the extreme outside of his field.
So while Spring Miles met a narrow defeat on debut he was most unfortunate to come up against probably the best Class Four winner seen out so far this season.
And the pair of them drew well clear of third-placed Bank On It, which is nearly always a sign of good form.
Tonight, Spring Miles has a much more favourable draw in that he is set to jump from barrier two under Basil Marcus.
Given that Spring Miles flew the lids on debut, he should have no trouble at all leading Magic Star who is drawn on his inside and only modest, and jump straight to the front.
He and his multiple champion jockey can then hug the rail to make every post a winning one. Being able to lead from a low barrier is a huge advantage at the Valley even when the rail is in.
Tonight it is out to the B+2 position so this confers a further advantage on Spring Miles who probably has more than enough innate ability to beat these from whatever gate he was allocated.
King Of Toys has to be given a quinella-cum-tierce chance against many who lack experience.
Stoic always worked well last season and is a nippy type who showed his liking for Happy Valley when second on his reappearance. That was an improved effort.
But the best quinella leg with Spring Miles could be the Ricky Yiu Poon-fie-trained Top Quality.
This International Sale graduate is blinkered for the first time and has been working extremely well in readiness for tonight's event.
His reappearance effort can be forgotten as he was trapped wide throughout from his outside draw.
Last season he had very reasonable griffin form and shapes as a big improver.
Super Competitor and Rising Glory are others to consider behind Spring Miles.
Elsewhere on the card Mr Strong could be very hard to peg back in the opener.
His form improved considerably once blinkers were applied last season and he seems to have gone on with it this time round.
All Win could be a good win and place bet in the third while Triple Expresso looks set to run a big race from gate four in the Happy Valley Trophy.