Tune in for The Oscars

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 04 December, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 04 December, 1999, 12:00am

Happy Valley-loving The Oscars can steal the show by taking the featured Peninsula Golden Jubilee Cup at a rare day meeting at the city track this afternoon.

As the Sha Tin turf gets a break ahead for next week's International Races, the action shifts to the Valley and that puts The Oscars solidly in the picture for the longer sprint.

The Oscars, in the care of leading trainer Gary Ng Ting-keung, showed his well-being earlier in the week by taking one of the quartet of trials at the city track and will take all the beating at his favoured venue.

He may not win too many, but The Oscars is always a threat in the right type of race - and at the Valley. On a difficult programme, this 12-runner event looks an exciting contest and there should be good value about in relation to win and quinella odds.

Despite his liking for the track, The Oscars is unlikely to be favourite with that position probably reserved for either topweight Expedient or the David Hayes-trained Perfect Model, who landed a good touch for the stable on his debut last season.

Expedient is drawn in barrier two with odds-on championship favourite, Robbie Fradd, on duty.

He is certainly going to give them something to chase and he is a solid winner over the extended sprint in the past.

However, he does have to contend with 134 pounds which will be tough enough over this trip.

It is not a question of him conceding so much weight to other challengers - The Oscars is three pounds better off - but actually having to carry it. However, Expedient is a must for most bets. Perfect Model returned to the Valley at his last start when running home solidly over 1,000 metres and it could be that Hayes has set him for this event.

Claimer Howard Y. T. Cheng partners Perfect Model in the absence of stable jockey Basil Marcus who is on duty in Japan for the World Super Jockeys' Series.

Cheng is blossoming under the tutelage of Hayes and Perfect Model has plenty going for him.

He is well drawn, extremely fit and has a good Valley record. Obviously, he could win without surprising.

Those looking for a bit of value could consider the David Hill-trained Sheer Madness who will be ridden by debutant Pat Smullen.

Sheer Madness will not be able to match these for speed but any weakness in the straight could see this reliable Valley performer coming home strongly. He is one to consider for the exotics.

And it would be inadvisable to forget Red Zone.

He is another Valley winner who put the writing on the wall at his last start when he flashed home from well back under Jimmy Quinn to take fourth place behind South China Way and Beas Glory.

He is ready to run a bold race and adds a bit more spice to an intriguing contest.

Beas Glory, now with Peter Chapple-Hyam, would not have to improve too much to be a threat.

He has now run encouragingly on two occasions and will be a lot closer to first than last when they hit the line.

There are probably only about three or four of the 12 involved that can be ruled out, so it is advisable not to take a short price about anything.