Legitimate sizzles for Valley marathon
The Melbourne Cup will make a delightful aperitif at Happy Valley on Tuesday but richer pickings will be made later with the local card.
And one that should figure firmly in calculations is the David Oughton-trained Legitimate who will compete in the featured Adelaide Handicap for Classes One and Two gallopers.
Legitimate went excellently yesterday morning for Alan Munro and will find this race tailor-made for him.
It is over 2,200 metres at Happy Valley so he gets both his best distance and his favoured track.
There are only nine entries for the race with four of them from Class Two, so the task facing Legitimate is far from daunting.
Legitimate was clocked in 1:22.0 which is pretty quick and he swung home under Munro in 24 flat and looked ready for anything.
It is invariably the case that Oughton's horses relish a run or a little time and Legitimate is now poised to strike.
It was a busy morning at Sha Tin with several jockeys only too happy to head for a cup of tea after working up to a dozen horses each.
Triple Expresso failed to oblige last time but zipped along for Freddie Sanchez in a rip-snorting bit of work that certainly spoke of the horse's well-being.
He is a good worker but this was more than solid and Triple Expresso must remain in the black book for the time being.
Best Of The Best is also moving in the right direction with Douglas Whyte aboard for a smart workout.
Once Whyte pressed the button in the gallop, Best Of The Best responded with alacrity and was timed in 1:20.7 (24.4). It was pleasing work.
Ablaze may be in line for an all-weather start in the middle of November and he shook any cobwebs well out yesterday under Wendyll Woods, another who was in the thick of the trackwork action.
The overall time was a smart 1:22.2 and Ablaze, although ridden, seemed to be responding well and, possibly, within himself. He does not have a lot more to do judging on this effort.
Lomond's Fay was responsible for a good winning effort last time and has definitely taken no harm from the outing.
Melbourne Cup-bound David Harrison worked him again and Lomond's Fay responded with zest. He breezed along through a sharpish workout and came home flying in 23.6. He is holding his form and another win is beckoning.
There were two dirt trials which did not raise the excitement level.
Silver Collector took the first for Brett Doyle, beating Increase Speed and Charlie's Angel. It was a competent effort but little more.
Glen Boss won the modest second trial on the Tony Millard-trained Golden Double, at home on the dirt, and he got up by a head from Charming Guest, another who favours the surface.
YESTERDAY'S SHA TIN DIRT TRIALS First trial _ 1,150m: 1, SILVER COLLECTOR (B. Doyle); 2, Increase Speed (A. Munro); 3, Charlie's Angel (D. Harrison). Others (in finishing order): Manley's Fortune, Shining Winner, Rainbow Flyer, Trusty Steed. Time: 1:09.9 (24.6). Distances: .5 length, .5 length. Winner trained by Andy Leung Ting-wah.
Second trial _ 1,150m: 1, GOLDEN DOUBLE (G. Boss); 2, Charming Guest (K. H. Yu); 3, Hong Kong Vitality (B. Doyle). Others: Smooth Edge, V087, Songs Of Innocence. Time: 1:10.5 (24.3). Distances: head, .5 length. Winner trained by Tony Millard.
TRACK TRACKWORK Robin Parke