Grand Zulu can deliver goods in HK Mile
The local challenge for the International races next weekend was boosted with the highly encouraging performance of Australian import Grand Zulu, who almost began his local career in the perfect manner when second to Goody in the Chevalier Cup (race 209).
The talented Group one-winning son of Grand Lodge failed by a nose, but it was a promising effort nonetheless. After being slow out of the gates, he was kept wide but made a sustained run to be nearest at the finish. He should be cherry ripe for the Hong King Mile.
The form out of Race 207 is expected to be strong, with the winner Lucky Marauding delivering the goods first up this season. Winning Power (second) continues to hold his form well and there should be more wins for him this season, while third-placed Pearl Of India had a tough run and stuck on gamely to the wire.
He looks an exciting prospect and should make his way through the grades. Summerville Power (fourth) is clearly looking for further than 1,400 metres, and it shouldn't be too long before he notches his first local win.
There was plenty to like about the effort of Expectations, who rallied strongly in the final quarter to finish second to Swiss Lad over 1,400m (Race 210). Given it was only his third run this term there is a chance of more improvement to come and every reason to think he will be winning in the short term. Swiss Lad continues to answer every question put to him and Tony Cruz has him going better than ever.
The way in which Accolade hit the line over 1,400m (Race 204) suggested he will appreciate a step up in trip. He displayed improvement from his debut and there is clearly more to come. The minimum trip was too sharp for Cheerful Boy, who finished third to Noble Victory at Happy Valley (Race 194) last week. David Hayes has clearly improved the gelding, who should have no trouble in getting away with more than one race this term.
Debutant Golden Win probably would have won but for being caught wide over the minimum trip (Race 195) at the city circuit. He stuck on tenaciously and there was plenty of merit in the performance. Similarly, Murcielago, also having his first start, ran on strongly to finish fourth.
He confirmed some promising trackwork and is clearly good enough to be winning in Class Four.
There were clearly excuses for Cheeky, who looked an unlucky loser on his third run this term (Race 198). He was caught on heels just prior to the home turn, and lost ground at the critical stage. He looks ready to win.
Lack of condition could have been a factor in the defeat of Good Trio, who loomed as the winner 100m from the wire (Race 200). John Moore has sparked some improvement from him and he is worth keeping safe next time.
ONES TO NOTE:
Golden Win, Cheerful Boy, Summerville Power