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PUBLISHED : Sunday, 24 December, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 24 December, 2000, 12:00am

Hong Kong Vitality has been notebook material on more than one occasion through his career but never as much as following his fast-finishing effort in yesterday's sixth event won by Guscott.

The Andy Leung Ting-wah-trained grey was back to a more suitable trip for the first time for a while and also very much appreciated the drop to Class Three. His previous six starts have either been at a mile or shorter or on the dirt.

Yesterday he was noted staying on best of all to finish hard on the heels of the placegetters and should be spot on when next seen out. A paddock inspection revealed he was still just a bit above himself despite looking really well in his coat. It may also be worth remembering that the Leung stable habitually hits its straps after Christmas so keep close tabs on Hong Kong Vitality from 1,800 metres or up in his immediate outings.

Lawrie Fownes' stable has been ticking along well all season and there aren't too many that the long-serving mentor doesn't place to advantage. His Caerleon three-year-old Get It Easy is probably one to pay close attention to over the coming meetings. He put in a much better effort when keeping on strongly in the seventh event and is now down to a competitive rating.