Whyte's magic can bring Harmony home
Douglas Whyte will need all his skills in the Cricket Club Valley Stakes over 1,000 metres at Happy Valley tonight but his presence might just be enough to get David Ferraris-trained Harmony home in the feature.
Whyte excels around the tricky city course though he has nothing in his favour at the draw with Harmony coming up with gate 12 at his only second start.
In Australia, he had raced as Our Orpen and his form read useful rather than outstanding but Ferraris produced him in flying form at 100-1 on debut and nearly pulled off a huge upset.
Corey Brown rode Harmony brilliantly up the Sha Tin straight, taking him to the faster outside rail section despite drawing near the inside, and he successfully contested the front with Keen Flyer.
But no sooner had he shaken off Keen Flyer than Tony Cruz's progressive Shiny Ribbon knuckled down to his task and swamped Harmony near home to score by a neck.
There was no shame in being beaten by Shiny Ribbon, who is destined for the high grades, and that form is excellent for this event if Whyte can get Harmony suitably-placed in the run.
Immediately on his inside are quick horses in Companion and Keen Flyer and probably be asking too much for Harmony to cross them and still have something at the finish.
The danger will be Stardane (Way Leung Ming-wai), who showed improvement at his first run for Danny Shum Chap-shing last start. Also wearing side winkers for the first time, Stardane on that occasion showed speed over 1,200m at the Valley and boxed on not too far behind Jolly Gains in a Class two feature.
Dropping in grade this time, he also must come back 200m in distance but can give Leung a chance of scoring a first win for the season.
Andy Leung Ting-wah's yard is having something of a rejuvenation lately and despite a class rise, Foursquare (Glyn Schofield) appeals as a chance here. The Irish-bred import finished a solid second to highly-promising Romantic Winner over the same course at his latest outing.
That was his best effort to date and though he rises from Class Four to Class Three, the weight drop of 17 pounds will assist his cause.
Punters looking for a value chance could do worse than old-timer One Step Ahead, who has a good record at the Valley and returns for the first time since his purchase for new ownership earlier this season.
Profit Hill (Gerald Mosse) is an interesting runner as his Australian form was superior than Harmony.
Profit Hill, however, finished well behind Harmony in their debut runs on May 21.
Also one to watch is, Shatin Win Win, (Howard Cheng Yue-tin) who beat Harmony seven lengths over this distance at their only meeting in Melbourne last July.