Time is right to get on the Glory trail with Whyte

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 10 January, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 10 January, 2001, 12:00am

Legend's Glory has improved enough to take this evening's fourth event on the Happy Valley card.

The Alex Wong Siu-tan-trained three-year-old has worked well since he first came into training earlier this season and has gradually come to himself through three races, needing his first couple of runs over a mile on the dirt before putting in a highly creditable fourth to Dynamic Winnings over tonight's mile course and distance.

That effort was better than it appeared as Legend's Glory is a galloping type who would not have been suited by the slow pace last time. In the circumstances it was a much better effort than it may appear on paper, and since then Wong has put some serious work into him and he's responded well to every question that's been asked.

Tonight he's ridden by leading jockey Douglas Whyte, who will be even more keen than normal to bang in another winner as he's suspended for three meetings following tonight's card.

Significantly Whyte has been on Legend's Glory for much of the serious work since that fourth to Dynamic Winnings and that is a tip in itself.

Legend's Glory has to reverse form with Able Win from that Dynamic Winnings contest, having finished a short head behind him. It won't be easy, especially with the Happy Valley ace John Egan now on board the John Moore-trained Able Win. But Legend's Glory is the one with slightly more scope for improvement and that appears to have been forthcoming.

Able Win remains one of the main dangers and should be worth taking as a quinella with Legend's Glory as he, too, is on the upgrade.

Empire Court will have his supporters as he was a last-start course-and-distance winner. But that success came under a superb ride from Whyte, who seems to prefer Legend's Glory. Whyte managed to get Empire Court to the front from barrier 12 and then slowed them all down, whereas apprentice Henry K.C. Tsang is going to struggle to repeat such a copybook effort from barrier 14.

Bold Victory had a tough run out wide last time and is worth throwing in. He likes the Valley mile and was unlucky on a previous visit to the Valley this season and then unsuited by racing at Sha Tin. He has dropped a few pounds in the ratings and could be a bit of value.

Kowloon Jazz should be coming near to peak fitness and has tierce claims, as does the reliable Top Practitioner, while watch out for an improved run from Beloved Partner, who is blinkered for the first time. Beloved Partner trialled much better in the blinkers down the Sha Tin straight 1,000-metre chute at the beginning of last week.

Spectacular Talk is going to find it harder off a 13-pound higher mark for a slashing win in Class Five company. This is a tougher race and that 13-pound hike is likely to be too onerous.

Elsewhere the card has a very competitive look to it bar, maybe, the final contest in which the Lawrie Fownes-trained Born Dragon should be hard to beat. He has most consistent and highly creditable form to his name. He probably just needed his last-start fourth to Lucky Sabre and has trialled really well since then. He goes particularly well at the Valley.