Highlilli looks all class

PUBLISHED : Friday, 26 December, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 26 December, 2003, 12:00am

One start for one win is how the form of Highlilli reads at this early stage in his Hong Kong career and on the evidence of his dirt trial win earlier this week, there is every chance the Australian import can keep his unbeaten record intact for a while longer.

The was a lot to like about the manner in which Highlilli hit the line under Felix Coetzee, who never pressured the speedy sort at any stage, instead allowing him to coast to the line with plenty in reserve. Indeed, this son of 1995 Caulfield Cup winner Fraar has clearly improved since winning on debut and looks in outstanding order. Highlilli leaves the impression in his work that not only is he headed for higher grade, but he could be another budding star in a stable of exceptional sprinters.

Stablemate Flying Machine, a very genuine Class Two galloper, displayed his usual zest in finishing third. He continues to work in a sterling manner.

Francis Lui Kin-wai must be given plenty of praise for the way he has revitalised Acrobatic, who has been in exceptional form this season. He almost made it three wins on the bounce last time but showed when finishing second in this trial that he is holding his condition. He looks a million dollars and his winning turn may be far from over.

Further back in the field, Geoff Lane's Paradis was noted making late ground when given a quiet trial by Douglas Whyte. He has always been a consistent sort and, given there were signs improvement there last start, he could be one to follow next time.

The second trial was won by Tanahmerah, who had to pass it after being slow to begin on his latest outing. The David Hill-trained gelding won in no uncertain terms. He traveled well for most of the trip and kicked clear inside the final 100 metres, hitting the line with plenty of purpose. He looks fit and should be competitive next time out.

It has taken a little time for Lane's stock to hit form this term and Sugar And Spice confirmed a better showing last time with a solid performance to finish second. The dirt specialist should find a suitable event soon where he can be followed with a bit more confidence.

Ones To Note: Highlilli, Paradis, Tanamerah