Make Ambitious grab for TT riches
Ambitious is what you'll have to be to nab a slice of tomorrow's Sha Tin Triple Trio in which chances are numerous.
The Peter Ho-trained improver has run two cracking thirds so far this season and still finds himself coming into tomorrow's Class Three 1,400-metre contest off bottom weight.
The son of Rahy, an American grass stallion who has done exceptionally with his runners here, should benefit in particular from having superstar French rider Eric Saint-Martin on his back.
Saint-Martin was in double form at the Valley on Wednesday night and if there is a finer sight in the saddle than Saint-Martin in pomp then I haven't seen it since the legendary Tony Cruz got bored being champion jockey and decided to become champion trainer instead.
Saint-Martin has not mixed it in France for some time now, not really since he won the Arc on Urban Sea but if he were back in Europe he would surely be making the Pesliers, Fallons and Dettoris of this world go the extra yard to beat him.
So far this season Ambitious has been ridden by the claimers Howard Y. T. Cheng and Vincent S. K. Sit. The switch to Saint-Martin looks a significant plus. The switch to a Saint-Martin with his tail up, is enough to confer banker status on Ambitious in this sixth event which concludes the TT.
Monards is improving and will like the extra distance while Perfect Victory did well to finish so close having been checked out of the race last time. Scenic Star was asked to work far too hard from a bad draw last time and can improve while Red Devil has thrived since moving to Wylie Wong and can't be ruled out of the tierce.
Seven Glory should now be fit. He would have been much closer last time, but was hampered at the top of the straight. Stoic, however, has more on his plate.
Born To Win has dropped so far in the ratings that he could well place from barrier one in the third event, following a promising first-up effort over the Valley's 1,000 metres.
Cosmo One is another now on a seemingly good mark. He's been going well for Wylie Wong, who despite his poor season last term, is a better trainer than results suggest.
Easy Star is racing consistently well while Saintly Partners has a touch of quality about him and must be included. A Run Of Luck was asked to make up far too much ground last time and merits consideration as does Holy Wine while Grandstand appears to have improved in the mornings, but represents a stable going about as well as England's football team.
Flamenco Star can go well again in the fourth in which Delightful Special should be suited by the drop into Class Three and Well Express by a return to Sha Tin. Well Express, though, is from the same yard as Grandstand. At least with Brett Doyle suspended, the stable jockey can't be asked to carry the can for some appalling runs from the Andy Leung stable in the past week or so, not least the fancied Speed At Will and Decouvert.
Ace Of Pace has been racing consistently well while Lotus Supreme appears to have improved and strengthened and Bonanza is working better than ever. Blessings' Partner could be best of the rest.
The Japan Racing Association yesterday confirmed Hong Kong's invitees for the Mile Championship at Kyoto racecourse on November 19.
As expected, the Ivan Allan-trained Fairy King Prawn, a facile winner of Wednesday night's Happy Valley Trophy, earns a place along with Brian Kan's Gold Cup and QEII winner Industrialist. British challengers Arkadian Hero and Clive Brittain's brilliant filly Crimplene complete the list of overseas raiders for the $8-million showpiece.