Time to collect on Ng's Good Income
By ROBIN PARKE
AGEING Good Income is still a major threat in Class Four company and looks a reliable banker for the second leg of the Double Trio in tomorrow night's interesting Happy Valley turf meeting.
Trainer Peter Ng Bik-kuen had an unforgettable campaign last season and is showing every sign that he intends to do much the same this time around.
Ng's success last season brought him deserved attention and more horses, but it is ''old reliable'' Good Income, who can do us a good turn in this 1,800-metre event tomorrow night.
Tony Cruz takes over from Danny Lee on the eight-year-old, who was not asked to do too much when his chance had gone at his first outing of the season.
That was 10 days ago at Sha Tin when Royal Horse got the upper hand over Winning Stallion and Good Income finished a wide out, well-beaten fourth, almost six lengths from the winner.
Clearly, he was facing a task first-up over 1,800 metres, particularly against the first two that day. They had previous racing experience this season, plus more than a suggestion of class.
Good Income can be expected to have benefited from that outing and has gone well at the Valley in previous seasons. As a banker, he makes more appeal than either L'Enjoleur or Monopoly, who are two other obvious chances.
Good Income is a durable type, who has come down from Class Two to this more modest company and does look well placed.
Conversely, both L'Enjoleur and Monopoly have arrived in this grade from the opposite direction.
The one who could upset calculations and should be included is Gem Of India, another veteran.
Obviously, his last equitrack run must be forgotten, but Gem Of India gave a reasonable account of himself when apprentice-ridden at his first start of the season over the Happy Valley mile.
Trainer Bruce Hutchison came within a short head of taking the final event on Saturday for his first winner of the season, but he could get off the mark in the first leg of the Double Trio with topweight Fortune Basin.
The Irish import was all at sea at his last start over 1,400 metres when drawn hopelessly wide and staying there.
He has run two top races over this trip in the past, notably when an unlucky fourth to Compradore and when fourth to King Prawn and Classabove.