Electronic Seeker holds the answer

PUBLISHED : Friday, 02 February, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 02 February, 2001, 12:00am

Electronic Seeker is a confident banker for Sunday's Sha Tin Triple Trio. The Alex Wong Siu-tan-trained youngster, who runs in the fourth race, is open to stacks of improvement as he should be suited by the move up to a mile and, more importantly, is able to put two runs together in normal proximity.

Last time out he was a fast-finishing second to the Lawrie Fownes-trained Smiling Forest over the Sha Tin 1,400 metres when almost certainly in need of the run. He hadn't had a whole lot of work going into the race and the Hong Kong Jockey Club's noted paddock expert Mark Richards reported the three-year-old son of Geiger Counter looked decidedly above himself in condition.

To be able to all but defy that lack of hard racing condition and run a short-head second is indicative of Electronic Seeker's natural ability and it wasn't lost on Fownes, who quipped that the next time the pair met, Electronic Seeker would probably beat his runner by six lengths.

Since then Wong has been able to put a sustained programme of work into Electronic Seeker for the first time in his career because when he ran third first time out this season that was also off a limited preparation and further illustration of his potential.

Reputation did well at the Valley last time as the city circuit isn't his natural habitat and the rain-affected surface almost certainly wasn't in his favour either. He should give a good account of himself, as should Millennium Spirit, who looked a nice youngster when scoring as a griffin but has taken time to come to himself this campaign. The signs were there last time out and since then he's won a trial in good style. He is going to stay well later on in his career and for now the move up to a mile should help his chances.

Bravissimo is another coming into this Class Four event off a more prolonged preparation. He should be respected, as should Empire Court, who was trapped off the track last time, and Smart Horse, who has gradually found his feet this season and now has John Egan replacing Jimmy Ting.

Gold Charm could be the one to isolate in TT bets in a tricky sixth event, which concludes the world's best wager. He has been racing as if he would appreciate a move up in distance, handles the dirt well and has generally been running well of late in competitive sprints on the dirt and grass.

Night Hunter bounced back to the level of form he showed on debut when a good second last time and should go well, as should Chinesesport Glory, whose defeat of Bravo Victory two starts ago has been franked by that one's subsequent success. Chinesesport Glory seems much better on the dirt.

Craig's Pride could be the fly in the ointment. Ricky Yiu Poon-fie's confirmed dirt specialist lost the plot completely earlier in the season but went much better at the Valley last time and has worked along well since. Of the others, don't underestimate the in-form Only The Brave. This is another step up for him but he's working his socks off.

And then, just to complicate matters, there's the likes of Flags Up and Lion's Share, who like the dirt, with the latter looking as if he's trimming down and running into form.

Partiking, Millennium Dawn, Bold Dancer, Try Your Best and Pretty Baby may be the five to take against the field in the third event, which opens the TT.

Partiking's work suggests he's now ready to go close and the Class Five company should certainly help. Millennium Dawn should be flashing home and both Bold Dancer and Pretty Baby have strong, consistent form. Try Your Best went much better in a recent trial with the blinkers back on.