Premium makes right royal nap

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 01 December, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 01 December, 1999, 12:00am

King's Premium appears to have been set to take tonight's third event on the Sha Tin dirt.

As usual on these dirt fixtures, those with proven dirt form are the ones on which to concentrate.

The problem can be that the public over bet them so while they should be top of the list, by the same token don't take too short a price.

King's Premium may not be all the rage with the public as he's met a few all-weather defeats since making all the running to pulverise Flying Colours by 4.5 lengths over tonight's mile course and distance last March.

But he's had excuses as he then ran down the pan over 1,400 metres on the turf, needed his reappearance run this season and then on his only other start ran a promising fourth to So Great.

King's Premium is now handicapped to reverse the form with So Great and what's more, his work since his fourth to So Great has been appreciably better than before it.

It looks as if trainer Eddie Lo has prepared King's Premium specifically for tonight's contest.

The booking of Steven King is a plus factor as the Australian rides plenty of good races and very few bad ones. King is going to earn his riding fee tonight as one of the biggest dangers to King's Premium is probably the draw.

He has to jump from the extreme outside barrier (14) and King is going to have to get him out smartly and go forward or else he could be trapped wide and forced to work too hard round the top bend.

Apart from the draw, Full Marks is the biggest concern. The four-year-old gelding has improved since moving to Peter Ho for whom he's showing much more zip.

He should relish the drop back into Class Five company and would have been right in the thick of things last time out but for being trapped wide the whole way.

Andy Leung Ting-wah's Crown Shift is worth combining with King's Premium and Full Marks for what should be a profitable triangular quinella.

Crown Shift ran a head second to Johnny's Angel the last time he was on the dirt and is weighted to reverse the form.

Crown Shift has also run two highly creditable and luckless races since then whereas Johnny's Angel has not impressed.

Elsewhere on the card, Speedy Dragon, Bold'N Power and Lucky Glory, first, second and third in a dirt sprint the last time they all ran, should again be fighting out the finish of the opener.

Combine them with The Most Dauntless, who is a lot better than he showed on the turf last time and set to improve for the addition of blinkers, in six quinellas.

Bon Bon and Mr Brinker look the ones they all have to beat in the night's fourth event.

Abba, Optic General and Art Francais should dominate the last but they are likely to dominate the betting exchanges, too.