Ba Ba effort bodes well for griffins
Even at this early stage, the quality of the griffins this year look arguably the best ever, and that would appear to be the case if the performance by International Sale purchase Good Ba Ba is anything to go by.
The son of Lear Fan was purchased for $1.7 million and looks well on his way to repaying his connections following his second win from as many starts.
With top weight of 132 pounds, he displayed a good deal of tenacity in the concluding stages of the 1,200-metre contest (race 519). He will get much better when he steps up in trip.
The exciting aspect regarding the rest of the griffin ranks is the time clocked by the eventual winner - one minute and 9.7 seconds.
Runner-up Toffee lost no admirers in defeat. He was receiving 16 pounds from the winner and conceded a valuable six months in age.
Similarly, Champion King (third) was caught three-wide without cover around the bend, and his effort was also full of merit. Prime Delight (fourth) and Sevens Heaven (fifth) both clocked times inside standard for griffins and the pair have scope for plenty of improvement.
Tony Cruz continued to keep up an incredible strike rate this term with a double, and the manner in which Mr Genki won his Class Five contest (race 520) was good enough to suggest he can be competitive when stepping up in grade.
Master Spirit (second) confirmed some promising trackwork and it should not be too long before he manages to shrug off his maiden status.
There was a bias at Sha Tin assisting those runners on the pace and that was the case with long-shot Lucky Money, winning over 1,400m (race 521).
He was four-to-five wide facing the breeze, but stuck on doggedly all the way to the wire and defied some poor form in the process.
He has quite a bit of potential, and should have no trouble in stepping up in distance. Top Scorer (third) had every chance and he is proving a costly galloper for punters.
David Hayes may not be here next season but there will be plenty of trainers hoping to get their hands on Beverly Dream, who led from start to finish on his first attempt over 1,400m (race 522).
He confirmed the promise he displayed on his debut and looks destined to make his way through the grades. Treasure Raiders (fourth) defied the track bias and can be followed next time. There is little doubt Crystal (second) should have won on his third start (race 523) but he lost ground at a critical stage but still rallied strongly down the stretch. He is close to a win.
There was virtually no market support for Perfect Mission (third) but this was an improved performance and he is worth following again.
The betting plunge on Happee Owner ($160 to $59) didn't come off but he ran reasonably well on his first start when beaten three lengths in the Midland Realty Cup over 1,400m (race 527). He will be fitter for this outing and is one to keep safe when he steps up in distance.
John Size's Har Har Charms finished a respectable fourth on his debut over the minimum trip at Happy Valley (race 511) last Wednesday and will benefit enormously from the outing. And there was no doubt stablemate Zabebe should have won but for being checked on a couple of times in his race over 1,200m (race 513).
ONES TO NOTE:
Champion King, Treasure Raiders, Har Har Charms.