Raw talent favours Happy Master
It's not too often these days that the rank outsider manages to prevail, never mind at odds of 96-1, but that is exactly what debutant Happy Master did last week (race 364) when stepping out at the city course.
He hasn't impressed in his work but clearly showed he can act where it counts when scoring an impressive 23/4 lengths victory over 1,200 metres. And the exciting part about the win was it was all done on raw ability.
He clearly has bundles of improvement to come both in terms of experience and fitness. Runner-up Gung Ho, also having his first start, had moved very well in his work and trials, and ran well in defeat. He didn't handle the tight bends all that well, but should get away with a race on either course over a similar trip in the near future.
It's been some time since Claws Of Thunder has been seen at the races but there was a hint of improvement when sixth to Speed Winner over 2,200 metres (race 366). He can be followed again. The manner in which Fair Win hit the line over 1,200 metres (race 370) when coming from near last on the turn to eventually finish seventh, was most encouraging. He is lightly raced and deserves another chance.
The King confirmed some positive work on the all-weather surface by finishing a close third to Lucky Champion over the dirt mile (race 378). Easy Game ran well in defeat when second to Telepride over 1,400 metres (race 372) and it only looks a matter of time before he breaks through.
The amount of ground Chinsola made up to finish third in the Hong Kong University Alumni Association Challenge Cup (race 380) didn't go unnoticed. He will appreciate the step up to a mile or further.
ONES TO NOTE: The King, Chinsola.