Momentum is building up
The best run at Sha Tin on Sunday, albeit in defeat, was from David Hayes' Momentum (race 82). He clearly should have won, and it is as simple as that.
Shane Dye was extremely unlucky not to get a clear passage, but he may have done better to follow Helene Express, Momentum's stablemate and the eventual winner, as they turned for home. It was clearly not one of Dye's better rides, but it takes nothing away from the superb performance of Momentum, who is clearly ready to win.
In the same event, Alex Wong Siu-tan's Kindred Spirits ran yet another creditable race after being caught three deep without cover. He stuck on gamely and is holding his form well. Overall, horses caught wide had a tough time of it on Sunday, when there there was a clear advantage nearer the inside rail. Practically every winner on the turf made his run up the inside and not too many threatened coming down the outside.
Wong's Harmony Prince (race 80) certainly caught the eye when he rattled home to finish fourth behind eventual winner Round The World. While he may have been on the better part of the track, he did come from near last on the turn.
Brian Kan Ping-chee has had a relatively quiet start to the season, but with his stable jockey, Gerald Mosse, joining the ranks from tomorrow, he could be worth following in the near future. One to watch from the stable is Blessings' Partner, who put up his best performance for some time at the weekend (race 77). He found the 1,800-metre trip just beyond his stamina capabilities and he can be followed if he is switched back to a shorter distance. In the same event Exceptional produced his challenge on the unfavourable part of the track and can be given another chance.
Kan's Grand Fighter may have been made to work a fraction hard in his event (race 78) and, considering he was the only on-pace runner to figure in the finish, it was another sound performance. He is still a maiden, but his consistency should see him win before too long. In the same event Galico was a shade disappointing and it was noted that he made a 'slight respiratory noise', which is a cause for concern. Pride And Fortune ran creditably at big odds and is worth noting for the future.
Hayes' Certainty ran with merit considering he did all the hard work on his own on the outside of the track (race 84). He has held his form well this season and will prove hard to beat should he venture back to his favoured city course. One Step Ahead missed the start and did well to make the frame.
Tony Cruz's Successful Spirit may have found 1,400 metres a fraction short (race 83) and can be followed when he steps up in distance. Spartan is a limited sort, but he has run well on both outings this season and it is noteworthy that he came within a nose of winning after mounting a challenge down the outside (race 76). His turn will come.
ONE TO NOTE: Momentum.