Class act Super Kid has the feature races at his mercy

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 01 June, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 01 June, 2004, 12:00am

Super Kid stamped himself as the next superstar in Hong Kong racing with his superb victory in the Champions & Chater Cup over 2,400 metres last weekend.

The talented New Zealand-import left no doubt he could handle the step up in trip and was always travelling like a winner under a great ride from Shane Dye. Stablemate River Dancer (second) and Elegant Fashion (third) had no answer to his excellent turn of foot and were beaten fair and square.

It was yet another great training feat from Size, who must be confident of this fellow holding his own in whichever International event he tackles later this year. Super Kid is able to win at the highest level from 1,600 to 2,400 metres, so there are numerous options for him. He could dominate next season.

Size has another bright prospect with High Intelligent, who won the Pearce Memorial Challenge Cup (Race 632) over 1,600 metres with a gritty effort. He showed admirable tenacity in the concluding stages to fend off the challenge of Himalaya.

Andy Leung Ting-wah's has a couple of nice prospects with Tri Magic and Flying Sprinter, who both scored last week. The former justified heavy betting support in scoring a comfortable victory over 1,400 metres on debut (Race 626). He is bred to handle further and looks set to rise a good deal higher in the ratings. Although there is less scope with Flying Sprinter, he stuck to the task well over 1,200 metres (Race 639) and looks well enough treated with a six-point penalty. Hekyll N' Jyde (fifth) appeared in need of the outing and can be followed again.

One of the more impressive victories last week was that of Wind Winner, confirming the promise he displayed on debut (Race 643). He was caught at least three-wide for the majority of the 1,600 metres, with no cover but cruised past his rivals with ease. He received nine points for victory but the sheer class of this performance suggests he is headed for the premier grade.

There was hardly any support in the market for Red Power ($230), who rattled home to finish a game second to Royal Army over 1,600 metres (Race 644). He was under pressure a long way out but never shirked the issue. He may handle further and should be winning soon. Favourite First Among Equals ($32) was disappointing and may have reached his limit in the ratings.

It has taken a little time for Golden Mile ($360) to find his feet this season but his last two runs have shown improvement, the latest a fourth on the dirt last week (Race 627).

He has fallen to a competitive mark and should have no trouble winning a Class Four contest.

Sweet Smile's positive trackwork carried through to the racetrack, where he finished a good fourth to Kingston Glory over the Sha Tin mile (Race 629). He was staying on well in the concluding stages and should handle further.

The steady tempo over 2,400 metres did not help the cause of Brown Beauty (third) when going down to Cornwall Chiefs (Race 630). The winner won well under top weight (133 pounds) and will be rising through the ranks next season. Brown Beauty proved a little wayward in the concluding stages but can be followed over a similar trip.

Although it was only his second local outing, Vengeance Of Rain ($200) caught the eye when flashing home at decent odds for third to Bumper Bumper over 1,400 metres (Race 633). He is clearly looking for a better test of his stamina. Kingfield (fourth) also ran with merit and may have fallen to a mark where he can score.

Ones To Note: Red Power, Vengeance Of Rain, Sweet Smile