Treasure cries out for Sha Tin

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 13 April, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 13 April, 2000, 12:00am

Nanning Treasure isn't in love with the game, that much has to be said.

But Happy Valley is not his track and there was still a front-running inside bias against him when he contested last night's fourth event at the difficult city venue won High Degree from Chief's Fortune.

The Ricky Yiu Poon-fie-trained five-year-old was fitted with a noseband for this 1,800-metre Class Five contest, presumably to try to make him concentrate and more tractable for his rider, David Harrison.

The noseband had little effect as Nanning Treasure was near the rear for most of the way and was right at the back as the field swung for home. From there he picked up strongly to the line and, though unplaced, hit the line really hard.

A switch back to Sha Tin could work the oracle, after all it was there that he ran on strongly for third over 1,800 metres last time.

The way he's racing, he could even be better over farther than 1,800 metres and this was jockey Jimmy Quinn's opinion when he rode him two starts ago.