Sapphire to shine
MOUNT Sapphire (Nap) can make a winning reappearance in the fifth event at Happy Valley tonight.
He improved all through last season and looks to have continued the progress in his trackwork. I was particularly impressed by his barrier trial last Friday when he went strongly to the line, having been held up for much of the way.
What is more, he has that lean look of a stayer and has the physique and temperament to go well first time out each season.
My best quinella is in the first race where I find it hard to see beyond the improving Parkview Fame, Bruce Hutchison's The Great Nature, who showed distinct signs of a return to form last time and has worked well since, and Kenny Kam's Fortune Winner, who won a good barrier trial last Friday and is getting towards peak condition.
A triangular quinella on these three should bring a solid return.