Very Fit flies the family flag

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 03 April, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 03 April, 2005, 12:00am

The C-Team is expected to have another big day at the Sha Tin office and, on the day when Silent Witness is chasing to equal the North American record of 16 successive wins, his younger half-brother, Very Fit bids to stretch his winning sequence to four.

The progressive galloper delivered his true potential this season when Tony Cruz moved him up to 1,600 metres on January 16, and he hasn't looked back.

He is currently unbeaten over the Sha Tin mile and the manner in which he's been beating his opposition suggests his winning turn is far from over.

Admittedly, Very Fit has been able to get away with some pretty easy sections when leading from start to finish in each of his recent victories, but that should prove to be the case once again.

Only Oscar Star looks likely to apply any pressure in the lead and Very Fit has a better barrier and more early speed than him anyway.

The son of Woodman comes in to this event competitively weighted following a nine-point penalty for his last victory, and while on paper it is his toughest assignment to date, he should still prove too good.

John Size's Oscar Star has to be given respect in this event due to the potential lack of early pace. He has won three of six starts over the course and distance this term.

Although Oscar Star may be near his mark in the handicap, he can prove hard to run down if the early pace is not strong.

Stablemate Mighty Hugo is not without a chance, based on his latest effort when flying home over the Valley mile to finish second behind Dr Well. This will be his third run back this preparation and there is more scope for improvement for the course and distance winner.

The recent form of David Oughton's Leilati is good enough to win this event but he is not going to be suited by the potential slow pace. He is on the upgrade and would certainly prefer a shade further, but nonetheless must be kept safe in all multiples.

Sean Woods' yard has hit form in recent weeks and his consistent First Among Equals is another to add to the short list. He lost no admirers in defeat to Being Famous over the course and distance and should figure in the finish. There have been positive signs from Sparkling Star lately, but his form over the Sha Tin mile leaves a little to be desired with one placing from five starts. This also looks a harder contest and he would do well to hit the frame. The same pace problem applies to the Caspar Fownes-trained Royal Army. He ran well on his first start for the stable on the all-weather surface when fifth to Master Gigolo last weekend.

This is clearly a more suitable contest - on the turf - but also has a lot more depth and he would do well to hit the frame.

Dashing Thunder, who ran well in defeat (sixth) behind Speeding Molly last start, is a better-value option. It has taken Delightful Win a little time to show some potential but that was the case last time when defying a steady tempo and coming form well back in the field to finish fifth to Nilometer.

He is open to further progress and is one to consider for the multiples. Stablemate Dashing Winner has a tough task from gate 13 and based on recent form should find more than a few too good.

Happy Valley Million Challenge winner Fruity Fruity is probably on his mark for the time being. He has proved to be more effective at the city course.

The jury is still out on Rice Field, who has some excellent form from Britain but may need more time to settle-in. Neither Stable Mail nor Flying Bishop have been in very good form lately and it is difficult to envisage either entrant figuring in the finish.