Mr Genki ready to score

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 08 December, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 08 December, 2004, 12:00am

Tony Cruz is expected to have another big night at the track and can kick off the seven-race card in the best possible fashion with Mr Genki, who is ready to break his maiden tag.

There have clearly been excuses for Mr Genki on his only two runs this term when he has either been slowly away, or missed the start badly. It's difficult enough to win around the tight Happy Valley circuit without giving away a start, and it is essential he jumps on terms this evening.

However, even taking that into account, he must rate a top chance based on a fine effort when fifth to Vital Patrol on his first-up run this term. He simply found the minimum trip of 1,000 metres too sharp and there is no doubt the extra furlong will be far more suitable.

He followed that run with another solid effort when seventh to Sound Of Silence over 1,200 metres at Sha Tin. He was awkward out of the gates, but ran on strongly in the concluding stages clocking a final 400 metres in 22.7 seconds.

And the recent trackwork of Mr Genki has been awesome, particularly compared to most of his opposition. He worked brilliantly on Monday morning when breezing over 400 metres in 22.1 seconds for his work rider.

It was his best piece of work so far this season, and of a quality normally associated with horses racing in much better company.

One of the main threats, and top quinella selection is David Hall's Healthy Heart. He finished one spot ahead of Mr Genki in the race won by Vital Patrol at the end of October.

Of the remaining nine opponents, six - Gold Master, Star Of Northern, Lighting The World, Winning Attorney, Flash Mac and Savings Account - haven't won a race.