Hayes on course to make a Good Profit
Leading high grade trainer, David Hayes will be back on familiar territory if lightly-weighted Good Profit can give the yard a third straight Panasonic Cup at Sha Tin today and stake a claim for the international defence team.
Hayes has won the race three times in the past seven runnings, the last two with All Thrills Too and Meridian Star and, like them, Good Profit will take a path towards the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Mile on December 12 with a win today.
Good Profit made a quick impact in Hong Kong at just his second start, sprinting in the twinkle of an eye to down the more-than-capable Fifty Fifty last time out and there is no reason to think he will be out of place rising in grade.
As a three-year-old in Australia, Good Profit took the Spring Stakes over 1,600m at Newcastle just outside Sydney, a Group Three event which has been the launching pad for many a top grader and very few indeed of the winners of that race have failed to reach Group One status during their careers.
According to Hayes, Good Profit (Brett Prebble) gives every sign that he won't be letting the side down during his career either.
'His form in Australia was outstanding and the way he works you would be surprised if he didn't make it as a high class horse,' Hayes said.
'My other horse, Planet Ruler, didn't have a lot of luck behind Multidandy last week and I do think he will run very well but the only reason Gerald Mosse is not riding Good Profit is that he can't make the weight. If Good Profit can win this, I'd be happy for him to go up in grade again and run in the Mile Trial next start and we'll see if he's ready to take on the international horses next month.'
The race looks like being run at a hectic pace, with forward-runners in General Kingy, Golconda, Wyndam Easy, Great Delight and Prime Witness engaged, which should suit the likes of Good Profit, Planet Ruler and their other strong dangers, Perfect Partner and Key To Success.
Perfect Partner has had little luck this season. He came down the straight first-up behind Town Of Fionn locked securely in a pocket and full of running then caught the backwash of the Blue Stitch incident in the Sha Tin Trophy behind Ain't Here, copping a check as he was beginning to wind up.
Trainer Caspar Fownes has also targeted the Hong Kong Mile with Perfect Partner and he would certainly present powerful credentials for that race if he gets over Good Profit giving him a likely 15 pounds in weight today.
Also interesting from an international viewpoint with be the efforts of Roosevelt and Ho Choi at their first appearances for the season. Both performed bravely at last year's Hong Kong International Races but have since had chequred careers due to injury.