Trainer Lo can make your Day

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 28 November, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 28 November, 2000, 12:00am

It's My Day can outsprint them and justify banker status in the St Andrew's Challenge Quaich which concludes tomorrow night's Happy Valley Triple Trio.

Racing is out on the C course and that usually, especially in these minimum 1,000-metre sprints, puts an even greater emphasis on racing up on the speed or on the rails.

It's My Day, coming into the race off solid back-to-back sprint wins, including last time over tomorrow night's course and distance, should be able to do just that.

His task is made that much easier by trainer Eddie Lo taking the trouble to continue to book the boom five-pound claimer Howard Y. T. Cheng. The five-pound claim should come in very handy as there won't be too many tactics involved. All Cheng will have to do is bounce It's My Day out of the stalls and make a determined effort to go forward and, hopefully, grab the lead and the rail.

The Ivan Allan-trained Classic Jester looks one of the main dangers. Forget his last run at Sha Tin. These 1,000-metre Happy Valley sprints are his go and he is favourably drawn in gate two.

Lombard has put in a couple of better runs this campaign and could go well from barrier four. Capital Star loves the Valley 1,000 metres and despite drawing barrier 11, can't be ruled out. He has the pace to sit outside the leader under Shane Dye.

Good Power and Brilliant Attorney look best of the others.

Super Performance disappointed last time, but is more than worth another chance in the third event which opens the TT. He wasn't beaten that far on his most recent outing, so it wasn't as if it were a particularly poor effort, and prior to that he had recorded a strong win when accounting for Century Horse by a head. That form has worked out strongly as he had the likes of Red In Green, Ironic Commander, Eastern Express, William's Surpass and Frame's People behind in third, fourth, sixth, eighth and ninth and they have either all won or been placed since.

That win also came in a Class Three contest with an actual ratings span of 49 to 71, tomorrow night he's in a Class Four event where the actual span is from 39 to 55.

He should also get the run of the race from barrier four and the experience of racing at the Valley last time will have helped.

Good Friends is going the right way and must be included. He had a torrid trip out wide last time.

Clever Citation has put together three solid efforts now and is another leading chance along with course specialist Grand Prize, the well-drawn Hail Winner and Field's Winner who has been crying out for a step up in distance.

Guscott looks a top chance for new Australian jockey Craig Williams in the fourth event. Peter Ng Bik-kuen's experienced galloper has been racing really well of late and should get a good run round from barrier four.

Hidden Talent seems fitter and has the advantage of being ridden by Dye. It wouldn't be a shock to see Sir Galway go better now he's down in grade.