King's Premium gives Lui dirt ammunition

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 30 November, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 30 November, 1999, 12:00am

King's Premium can anchor bets in the opening leg of tomorrow night's Triple Trio on the Sha Tin dirt.

The Francis Lui-trained six-year-old loves the dirt and looks to have run into form right on cue for the third event on the all-dirt programme.

He badly needed the outing first time out this season and then went much better, much more like his old self, when 3.5 lengths fourth to one of tomorrow's rivals, So Great.

King's Premium is now eight pounds better off with So Great, so is entitled to reverse the form purely on weights and measures.

But he's worked significantly better since that fourth than before it.

Put the two together and he is confidently expected to reverse the form and run a very bold race for his TT supporters.

He will be ridden by the accomplished Australian jockey Steven King tomorrow night.

For some inexplicable reason King, attached to Ricky Yiu Poon-fie's stable, doesn't get too many outside rides. Yet he seldom rides a bad race and rides plenty of good ones.

Full Marks merits plenty of respect from the top of the weights now he's back down into Class Five. He appears to have improved since moving to Peter Ho's stable and had plenty of excuses last time out in a much tougher race than this as he was trapped very wide the whole way.

He, like King's Premium, loves the dirt.

The Andy Leung Ting-wah-trained Crown Shift could be best of the others.

The last time he was on the dirt he ran a head second to Johnny's Angel in receipt of 11 pounds.

He's now getting five pounds more and while Johnny's Angel has run a couple of so-so races since, Crown Shift has gone extremely well with no luck in running at all.

Bon Bon, with Eric Legrix replacing the suspended Freddie Sanchez, looks solid banker material in the fourth, the TT's middle pin.

Bon Bon looked unlucky when a half-length second to Projectvision last time out over a mile on the dirt as he was shuffled back in running approaching the bottom turn.

But for that interference he might well have won and he's now five pounds better off with the winner.

What's more, he seems to have gone on with it at the track since then, appearing to work extremely well in one solid hitout with Lyphard's Lad.

Mr Brinker is very much at home on the dirt and wasn't far behind Bon Bon last time out, also having met a bit of interference.

He should go well tomorrow night, especially as the move from a mile to 1,800 metres will suit.

Craig's Pride likes the dirt and is another of the main chances.

The sixth, the St Andrew's Quaich, which concludes the TT, looks a particularly tricky Class Two mile event.

Down towards the bottom of the weights, the likes of Ablaze, Hong Kong Stallion and King Of Flash all handle the dirt and have been racing and working creditably.

They should give a good account of themselves as should Toymark, who worked hard early last time and still managed to keep on well to run third to Charming City in a solid 1,400-metre event on the Sha Tin grass.

The good workers are always worth respecting on the dirt which is why the likes of Perfect Star, Indy's Gem and Universal Winner could also come into contention, while Wonderful Winners has to be considered due to his consistency.