Let It Be can give Marshall a follow-up hit
By ROBIN PARKE
INTERNATIONAL Cup-winning jockey John Marshall gets back to basics on the Happy Valley equitrack tomorrow night but a Class Six win beckons with topweight Let It Be in the fifth event.
The John Moore-trained galloper is an outstanding banker for the Double Trio and it is virtually impossible to see him finishing out of the first three in the second leg of the popular bet.
The synthetic surface suits this very moderate customer ideally and the rails draw tomorrow night should safely ensure that he will go one better than his second placing at the Valley at his first start of the season.
He was drawn in the extreme outside barrier that night over course and distance and was carted wide throughout the race. He finished second to Malayan Bright after making up enormous ground - but he was basically beaten, virtually before he started, by the draw.
Marshall is riding in quite superb form at the moment, better probably than at any time in his career and that includes an eight-year stint with master trainer Bart Cummings.
It's a long way down from the glory of an International Cup win on Motivation to a Class Six event on equitrack but the former Sydney champion is a consummate professional and will put every bit as much effort into this miserable affair as he did on Sunday.
Fortune Collect is the other obvious chance in the race but he is definitely suspect over 1,600 metres. He has failed at it previously and even in this low company may have to settle for second or third.
The rest are ordinary but it could be worth putting in the Bruce Hutchison-trained New Pegasus with Walter Swinburn up. He ran on well along the rails for Dave Penna last time out at Sha Tin over 1,800 metres.
He has previously been on equitrack over 1,030 metres and made up some ground on that occasion.
Moore also provides the banker for the first leg of the DT where topweight Kwacha must go very close to winning.
Quality claimer Francis K. S. Lam retains the ride and in this conditions race for local riders, he will have an added advantage. Last time out Kwacha ran into a hot one in Ivan Allan's Team Valour who is a cut above this lot.
Improving Paradise and bottomweight Love Of Freedom, a last-start winner over this trip on equitrack, can be included.