Wintrow ready to gun down rivals

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 09 April, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 09 April, 2005, 12:00am

Game galloper Wintrow put the writing on the wall last start that he is back in form and just in time to take today's Sha Tin feature in the Midland Realty Cup (1,400 metres).

The John Size-trained gelding had been consistent, as usual, through much of this season since returning from a bleeding attack in March last year.

But having come back on a rating of 105, he was finding it tough to be competitive again in the early part of the term.

Size freshened Wintrow up in mid-season and it was just he needed, as the gelding returned with two solid efforts in Class One events over 1,400m and 1,600m before his most recent performance stamped him as on the way back.

Down to a rating of 97, Wintrow (Craig Williams) was always wide covering ground but battled strongly with Winning Dragon and Himalaya - a rival again today - to go down by only a neck in third placing.

The in-from Williams retains the mount and should be able to give Wintrow a much softer trip from barrier one.

Wintrow has usually raced well at the Sha Tin 1,400m in the past and should get a decent tempo. He looks to represent some value in the race and there's no doubt that punters should be farming for odds in what is a particularly difficult affair.

Tony Cruz-trained Raider (Felix Coetzee) is another very consistent performer, though he has won only once and some time ago, but he should appreciate the true tempo of this race.

With General Kingy, Great Delight and Triumphant Unicorn in the field, there should be no loafing on the front end.

Raider was slowly away but rattled home behind a good speed last time out to be beaten a length by My Choice - always a good benchmark.

Raider too has had a freshen up since his last outing on February 27 and should suit him after having a fairly busy time in mid-season.

My Choice (Howard Cheng Yue-tin) may not have the best of the weights with Raider but he has a great record over the Sha Tin 1,400m.

A winner five times and placed on nine other occasions in 19 runs at the trip, My Choice is a model of consistency and can never be left out of calculations. Perhaps the most interesting runner is Good Profit, who has changed yards from David Hayes to Danny Shum Chap-shing.

An impressive winner at this course, beating Fifty Fifty, Good Profit was disappointing afterwards, but would be the horse they all have to beat if the change of stable sparks improvement.

There is no shortage of chances in the race with the likes of Sirocco, Great Delight, Goody and even Dave's Best - now returned to Dennis Yip Chor-hong's care.