Race To Honour can make amends for Wong

PUBLISHED : Friday, 17 December, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 17 December, 1999, 12:00am

Dirt-loving Race To Honour can anchor bets in tomorrow's sixth event, the final leg of Sha Tin's Triple Trio which sees a small bonus of just over $4 million carried forward.

Last time out Race To Honour was a certainty beaten when returning to his favourite dirt surface.

The Wong Siu-tan-trained five-year-old handles the grass, but it is on dirt that he excels and, last time, with anything like a clear run he would have prevailed and done so quite handsomely.

As it was he was trapped on the rails with nowhere to go for much of the home straight before bursting through to run three-quarters of a length second to one of this afternoon's rivals, the consistent Honest Dragon.

Race To Honour has to be considered likely to reverse the form as he's now four pounds better off and should have won anyway.

Pat Smullen has been booked for the mount, giving the young Irishman a real chance of shining for the first time in the few meetings he's been here.

Robbie Fradd, on board Race To Honour last time, is now astride the John Moore-trained All Win on whom he scored by a short-head last time from a slightly unlucky American Champion over the Valley mile.

All Win is an improving type who can definitely place but he's been rehandicapped for that success when he was perfectly ridden by Fradd and is likely to find this tougher.

Top Light is such a good worker that you have to think he will go well on the surface while Blazer looks a decent type, made a most pleasing debut over 1,400 metres, should like the move to a mile and had form on the artificial surfaces of Argentina before joining boom trainer Tony Millard. Keep Blazer safe.

Rajput should find this company much easier while the likes of Furioso and Jewel Of Kentucky both like the dirt and can't be ruled out of the tierce.

Top local trainer Peter Ho appears to hold the key to the third event which opens the TT. Ho saddles both Chief's Fortune and Star Of Architect.

Stable jockey Eric Saint-Martin is on board the latter, who returned to form last time when a head second to Majestic Stallion, despite being forced to travel five wide for most of the way.

The key to the return to form was clearly the first-time application of blinkers.

Chief's Fortune has been most consistent and consistently unlucky, coming up against a number of track biases or slow tempos or trouble in running or all three.

He's all but defied them and put together a string of decent runs in the context of tomorrow's Class Five contest. He looks a leading player.

Empire Court is an improving youngster who should relish the move to 1,800 metres. Everything about him suggests he'll stay well and he must be near the top of any list of bankers.

Crown Shift is a bit like Chief's Fortune in that he's been running really well with no luck at all. He's worth throwing in from the bottom of the handicap as is Kinanto, who has improved out of all recognition since joining the Millard camp.

Bruin Supreme can't be ruled out while Basketball Winner is in good heart and Super Gain potentially well handicapped.

High Degree had everything go right for him last time.

The topweights, Bullish, Kimber and Fortune Maker look the way to go in the fourth, the TT's middle pin.

Fortune Maker, in particular, should appreciate the sprint trip and has proven form on the dirt. He looks banker material.