Lane finds dash for Thee
Give To Thee can continue trainer Geoff Lane's bright start to the season by taking the second event on a seemingly tough card at Happy Valley tonight.
Lane's lightly raced speedster has scope to improve this season and should get the run of the race from barrier five under Eric Legrix. The key to whether he can beat the other main form chance, Look Who's Angel, is the respective barrier draws, as Look Who's Angel has to start from 12. This should allow Give To Thee to lead and thus grab the all-important rails run which is so crucially important round the Valley's minimum sprint trip - more so than at any other distance in town.
Danriva and Super Fast, two of the four horses drawn inside Give To Thee, have never run before. Both have shown up nicely in their work and trials and appear to have a future. They could even be worth throwing into quinellas if they are at a shade of odds, especially the latter.
But all things being equal, they can't expect to head Give To Thee, who has had the natural speed to lead in two of his four race starts. His other run can be completely forgotten as he drifted alarmingly in the betting for a dirt sprint and ran accordingly.
Mr Magic and Field's Winner are the others set to jump from Give To Thee's inside. Neither have anywhere near the required pace to lead this field. Field's Winner could come into it late though, as he's better than his form from last season suggests and may just have taken time to acclimatise.
Last season, Give To Thee ran a highly creditable neck second to Golden Bell, the pair pulling five lengths clear of Refreshingly and Sunny Day in a poor Class Four sprint where the good thing about the form is the way the first two distanced their rivals. After that came the dirt failure, but it was then business as usual as Give To Thee lead until the final strides over tonight's course and distance and was then swamped by Capital Star and Heading To Win.
A simple reproduction of that effort would be more than good enough to see Give To Thee home and with Lane's horses generally running well, with Legrix in the saddle and with Give To Thee likely to grab that all-important rails run, there is no apparent reason why he shouldn't be able to run to a similar level and blow tonight's rivals out of the water.
Other than Look Who's Angel, it could pay to respect Winning Hurrah through the quinella pool. Now with Brian Kan Ping-chee, having spent most of his career with Andy Leung Ting-wah, Winning Hurrah is one of the few experienced speedsters in this contest with respectable form to his name.
His problem will be getting out of the gates cleanly as he can blow his chances with tardy getaways. If he does jump well for Irish jockey John Egan, who has made a good start to his Hong Kong stint and will know all about Winning Hurrah's quirks, then he could get a good run round just behind Give To Thee.