High Point can show more fancy footwork to hold off his rivals
High Point made a brilliant return to racing eight days ago and, despite taking a rise in class against some extremely talented opposition in today's Changchun Handicap, he should have little trouble in repeating the dose.
The Danny Shum Chap-shing-trained gelding showed terrific promise last season in running second to the brilliant Medic Power on two occasions and he looked an improved horse when returning from his summer break last weekend.
From gate 13, Vincent Sit Shing-kin landed on the back of the speed, peeled to the outside in the straight and High Point let down with an impressive turn of foot to quickly have the race in his keeping. For a jockey without the big-name reputation of many of his rivals, it was a masterly exhibition.
Despite taking on a field with considerable depth, High Point is attractively weighted with only 115 pounds, should again get the run of the race from a more favourable gate and has an important fitness edge over most.
United Efforts and Deferential make their local debuts and they arrived in Hong Kong with impressive credentials.
United Efforts raced four times in Ireland as a juvenile, winning on one occasion and performing well at his other three outings against some quality opposition.
At his third start he ran a creditable fourth to Holy Roman Empire, who then went on to win twice at Group One level.
The Peter Ho Leung-trained three-year-old has been making a very good impression in his trackwork leading into this task.
At his first trial for the season on August 28, he ran second to the speedy Lucky Winner before fronting up again 10 days later and scoring an impressive victory over the promising O'Reilly Rally.
He has had a full preparation and early indications are he has a touch of class.
Deferential has also been impressing at the track ahead of his first start and it's not surprising given his impressive form.
The Royal Academy colt showed great potential as a juvenile in Australia, winning at Group Two level at his fifth start before running a creditable fifth in the world's richest two-year-old event, the Golden Slipper Stakes.
He ran well to finish third in his only lead-up trial on September 8 and several other gallops have been of a positive nature.
The problem for Deferential is that with a rating of 94, he has been asked to carry 130 pounds, which is a very big task for a horse that only last month turned three.
While it may be further down the track that Deferential excels, Calcando and Prime Score look ready for business. They appear genuine dangers to High Point and United Efforts.
Prime Score turned in a terrific first-up effort to be narrowly beaten by Pocket Money, who has since franked the form by winning in Class One, while Calcando has a positive fresh record and showed he was in good order when trialling on September 4.