One more walk down glory trail for Murphy
By ROBIN PARKE
IRISH-American star Declan Murphy can bring his five-year Hongkong career to a close on a winning note today with mud-loving Precious Glory looking a definite chance in the eighth event.
Precious Glory resumes after a three-month break, having plodded to the line for fifth at this last outing over 2,230 metres for Alan Munro.
But he does have excellent wet track form and he has been freshened up and gets everything to suit today.
This Class Five event over 1,800 metres looks almost tailor-made for the Derek Cruz-trained seven-year-old who valiantly attempted to make all over 2,000 metres back in mid-November.
On that occasion he kicked clear at the top of the straight and looked to have a winning break but weakened in the concluding stages to finish third to Rising Sun.
He is well drawn in barrier two today and if Murphy can kick him along early he is going to be in the firing line throughout.
The big threat could be the Ivan Allan-trained Jet Speed who also performs well on rain-affected ground.
Jet Speed was a closing third for Felix Coetzee last time over a mile and has winning form over this trip. The draw (12) has gone against him but Darren Gauci should be able to get him over and into a reasonable position before the end of the back straight.
Murphy also has second race claims on classy Irish import Heavily Armed who goes up nine pounds for an eye-catching debut win.
The three-year-old has come back to 1,000 metres having prevailed over the longer Sha Tin sprint after some nervous early moments. The trip would seem to be the biggest problem as it will be the first time in his short career here and overseas that he has tackled the distance.
But he run well on yielding ground in Ireland which suggests fellow Irish import Fukien Boy could be a bigger danger than the going.
Scotch Reef looks the one to beat in the opener but Murphy's Video Star has definite quinella claims.