Lo-trained youngster chases hat-trick of sprint wins

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 29 November, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 29 November, 2000, 12:00am

It's My Day can lead all the way in this evening's feature event, the St Andrew's Challenge Quaich.

The Eddie Lo-trained four-year-old has really hit form this season, running a good second first time out and then, with an added edge of race fitness, scoring two useful victories.

Both of those wins came over tonight's trip of 1,000 metres and it was probably only the distance which cost him victory on his reappearance as that outing was over the Sha Tin 1,200 metres.

He won down the straight at Sha Tin two starts ago, beating Traveller Star and Victory Marble, and the latter has franked the form by making all for a cosy Happy Valley success.

It's My Day had no trouble handling the rise to Class Three last time, again making all to prevail over tonight's course and distance.

He won on a yielding track on his most recent outing, lasting home from the fast-finishing Hin Yuen's Unicorn, who loves the mud, and from Money, who has plenty of talent but is also plenty wayward enough.

On that form he has nothing to fear from topweight Brilliant Attorney, who is only seven pounds better off for the 2.75 lengths he was beaten into fourth.

What's more, It's My Day should get the run of the race tonight, a factor which is so important at the Valley when the rail is out to the C position, especially in sprints over the minimum trip. He has the requisite speed to either get to the front from barrier five, or to sit outside the leader and then kick on turning into the home straight.

Useful apprentice Howard Y.T. Cheng, who has ridden It's My Day on his two latest outings and is in the saddle again tonight, looks well worth his claim in a sprint such as this.

Classic Jester and Easy King, drawn in gates two and one, could give It's My Day most to do.

Ivan Allan's Classic Jester has been a standing dish in these Valley sprints for the past couple of seasons, and punters should ignore his run over 1,200 metres at Sha Tin last time. He is slipping in the ratings and is poised to give a good account of himself from barrier two.

Trainer Derek Cruz has taken the trouble to trial his first-season Australian import Easy King twice at the Valley, and the Desert Sun gelding, who had fair two-year-old form in Australia, has impressed on each occasion. He is blessed with plenty of natural speed and should go close on debut from barrier one. Not for nothing has Cruz taken the trouble of booking the seven-time champion jockey Basil Marcus.

Capital Star, another Valley 1,000-metre specialist, could place, but he may find it too tough to win from barrier 11.

Good Power and the improving Lombard look best of the rest.

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