Master to turn on the power
Promising three-year-old Master Power can show himself to be a star on the rise when he tackles a classy line-up in this afternoon's Camellia Handicap (1,400m) at Sha Tin.
The Testa Rossa gelding displayed great talent in four attempts as a juvenile in Australia under the name of Master Archie, with his biggest success coming in the Listed Tommy Smith Slipper at Doomben in Queensland.
The three-year-old turned in a satisfactory effort when making his debut for the John Moore stable at Sha Tin on November 19 when staying on soundly to finish fourth to the emerging Lucky Baby but he was transformed last time out when the blinkers were added.
From barrier 12, jockey Danny Nikolic was left with little option but to go back in the early stages, but Master Power sprouted wings once balancing for the run home to finish third to in-form pair of King Encosta and Cannonise.
Christophe Soumillon takes over the reins this afternoon and is likely to have Master Power in a more prominent position with a rise in distance and he should be able to get over the top of his main dangers with an advantage at the weights.
It will be no soft snap for Master Power as Sunny Power has also shown that he is destined for better races and it is a similar scenario with Survey Survey, who scored at cricket score odds last start.
Sunny Power quickly breezed through his classes with four wins on the trot before suffering his first defeat at the hands of Survey Survey last start.
While the excuses were limited for Sunny Power on that occasion, apart from racing a shade keenly early, he meets Survey Survey nine-pounds better at the weights and looks set to be gifted the run of the race under Douglas Whyte from gate one.
Whyte should drop the Francis Lui Kin-wai trained gelding on the back of the likely leaders Jolly Good Fortune and Global Win and he will get every chance to bounce back to his best.
Survey Survey is going to find this a harder assignment with a rise in weight but the Tony Cruz-trained entire does give the indication he is the real deal despite the huge surprise of his last victory.
The Chester House entire failed to fire at his local debut on the all-weather track after being caught off the track but he was a different horse last outing over this course and distance.
He settled just off the speed under Vincent Sit Shing-kin before squeezing through a tight opening in the straight and lengthening impressively to land the prize at odds of 130-1.
He was well fancied to take out his next assignment at Happy Valley on December 20 but was a late scratching after playing up in the barrier stalls.
Survey Survey has showed no ill effects from the mishap, with his subsequent trackwork being very sharp, but he will need a bit of luck in the early stages after coming up with gate 10 for Brett Prebble.
Redoute's Choice gelding Disguise may not have the high profile of the leading chances but the four-year-old could be the surprise packet of the event despite stepping up to this level for the first time.
The David Ferraris-trained galloper is something of a quiet achiever but chalked up his fourth victory last time out after Olivier Doleuze parked forward on a slow speed and Disguise responded well. The rise in class looks offset by a 13-pound drop in weight and the return to 1,400 metres also looks a positive.
Watch What Happens makes his local debut and has been showing good ability on the training track but will need plenty of luck from a wide alley, as will the honest Gold Striker.