Bruin can reign supreme again

PUBLISHED : Friday, 23 February, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 23 February, 2001, 12:00am

Geoff Lane's last-start winner Bruin Supreme looks safe banker material in the second leg of the TT on tomorrow's mixed card at Sha Tin.

All three legs of the TT will be held on the turf, and Bruin Supreme looks good in the fourth event over 1,400 metres. His tenacious win last time was full of merit, and his consistency over this course and distance cannot be underestimated. He still appears well treated in the handicap after receiving six points for that victory, and the form has stood up well with runner-up Good Friends winning since.

Although slightly disappointing on his last start, the Tony Millard-trained Topspin Too has generally been very effective over 1,400 metres all season, and he has to rate a major chance. He can be forgiven for his latest effort as he was racing on a yielding surface, which may not have been to his liking.

Eddie Lo's Global Runner is well drawn in barrier two, and as he is likely to get a good run he has to be given respect. Others who could fill the frame include Top Practitioner, who will be suited by coming back to 1,400 metres, and Prime Vain, who ran a distant fifth last week behind the impressive Splendid Star but could improve for the step up in distance.

Several runners in the third race have shown nothing to date, and the best option in the 1,400-metre event may be Brian Kan Ping-chee's Money Star, who at least has been racing consistently. Another with a good chance is the Millard-trained Lucky Ahead, who indicated last time that he is capable of winning in this grade, and Shane Dye is back on board again.

With Andy Leung Ting-wah's yard in such scintillating form, Gold Flask has to be given a strong chance of making the frame. He impressed in a recent barrier trial.

Gary Ng Ting-keung's new acquisition Joyful Star certainly has the credentials to be strongly fancied in this event, and his recent work has been quite solid.

In the sixth event, over 1,400 metres, Derek Cruz's improving Super Force looks the logical banker due to some solid form this season. The move back to the same course and distance where he won in November is favourable, and he should find this a little easier.

Peter Ho's Alarm Clock may have needed the outing last time, and he is going to be fitter this time. There is no doubt he has the ability to win and, while he may have had one or two problems, he cannot be ruled out.

Good Friends had the run of the race last time when winning, but Peter Ng Bik-kuen's former International Sale griffin is showing steady improvement and must have claims again.

John Moore's Universal Star has not raced over this trip since winning on his first start of this season, when ridden by Dye, who is on board once again. He is likely to get well back in the field, but has a blistering turn of foot.

Danzig Continental will no doubt be a popular choice in the fifth event, over 1,800 metres on dirt, after his luckless third on the surface last time. He will be well suited by the trip and will be very hard to beat.

Lo's new recruit Mr Brinker ran a cracking race on Wednesday, and this dirt specialist has placed at five of nine attempts over this course and distance. Universal Glory has run creditably on the dirt, while Legend's Glory caught the eye last time and should find 1,800 metres more to his liking.