Riding switch won't spoil the harvest
IMPRESSIVE last-start winner Plentiful Harvest looks a solid banker for the second leg of the Double Trio at Sha Tin tomorrow.
In an interesting switch, which will cause some head-scratching, regular rider Johnny K.S. Ho partners Make My Day, who also ran creditably at his last outing.
And trainer Chris Cheung Ting-pong, who handles both Make My Day and Plentiful Harvest, has booked claimer Richard K.M. So for the latter.
But Plentiful Harvest, well drawn in barrier three for the 1,200-metre Class Four event, has the edge in years and class on Make My Day and claimer So, with one winner to his credit this season, can double that score.
Plentiful Harvest won very readily from The First Million over the longer Happy Valley sprint last time and goes up 11 lbs for the win.
He is a Class Three horse racing down a grade - as he was last time - so he has not been missed.
The seven-pound claim of So clearly helps as the lad is probably worth it and Plentiful Harvest does have definite scope for improvement.
His win last time was excellent and he shapes as a horse who is now finding his real form.
Given the manner in which he obliged for Ho, he does look a reasonable ride for a claimer and Plentiful Harvest is a logical banker here.
Natural Heritage has won handily over this trip in the past and with the services of Basil Marcus and the training talents of Ivan Allan, looks a definite Double Trio inclusion.
The Wong Tang-ping galloper, Super Class, is worth speculating on as his run behind Super Falcon over this trip two starts ago was more than useful.
He was at any odds and finished only a length-and-a-half behind the winner in Class Three.
He had subsequent winner Thunderbolt and recent second-placed Tornadic Win behind him.
Now competing in Class Four, trainer Wong has engaged a maximum claimer and it would be worth noting any market moves.
Enigmatic Mughal Prince and Lucky Touch are other chances here.
The beautifully-bred Blaze Of Glory, by the crack Australian sire Bletchingly, looks a cut above Class Five going on his breeding and work.
He is certainly one to include in the first leg of the Double Trio as he makes his racecourse debut in a 1,000-metre dash.
It's a gentle and sensible introduction to the game and underlines the patience and understanding of his trainer, Neville Begg.
If Blaze Of Glory is going to amount to anything - and the very strong suggestions are that he will - he must be up to winning a rather modest contest such as this.
Veteran sprinter Mehboob II can also make his presence felt in the first leg as he will be completely at home down the straight course.
Visiting British rider Alan Munro has the mount on the Lawrie Fownes-trained galloper and Mehboob II does have winning form over the trip.
With equitrack, horses that handle the 1,000 metres just keep repeating the form.
Excel Star has no straight course form but ran creditably over the short sprint at Happy Valley and will have the services of Mick Kinane.
In that last run at the city track he finished two lengths adrift of Jharna and that form is likely to turn out to be very sound.
Jharna is an excellent chance in the opener tomorrow and a win there would certainly lend credence to the claims of Excel Star in this.
Captive Trick, who has shown real pace over longer trips, is brought back from 1,650 metres at the Valley to this straight dash. He's a free-running type but Marcus may be able to conjure something out of him over this trip.