Inspiration's the word for Beadman and Moore
The caravan rolls on at Happy Valley tonight with in-form combination of jockey Darren Beadman and trainer John Moore looking to have a firm grip on the Po Leung Kuk Centenary Cup (1,200m) with Inspiration.
Beadman and Moore went within an ace of four winners at Sha Tin on Saturday and Inspiration can keep the ball rolling in the feature if he can produce anything like his first-up effort.
Inspiration looked a sprinter of some promise last season as a three-year-old with a record of five wins from 13 starts before a bleeding attack ended his campaign when he ran poorly in early June.
When he resumed at Sha Tin 16 days ago, however, the gelding swept aside any doubts about finding top form again when he pulled out his very best to finish second to a rejuvenated Tchaikovsky over 1,200m.
Tchaikovsky was a surprise winner on that occasion but when his trainer, David Hall, said the gelding was over the problems which had plagued him last season, it put the result in a whole new light as Tchaikovsky was a highly talented sprinter in his earlier career and not out of place in the top grade.
The winner ran scintillating time, so Inspiration's performance in going down by a head and giving him weight was quality stuff.
If Beadman can give him the right run from gate six, Inspiration will probably not even have to reproduce that sort of form to win tonight's feature over the course where he was an easy winner four starts ago.
In third that day at Sha Tin was Always Giggle (Howard Cheng Yue-tin) and with a light weight again he must be considered among the leading chances.
That performance second-up cast aside the notion that Always Giggle is only a first-up horse and while he has yet to race at Happy Valley, the Michael Chang Chun-wai-trained five-year-old will have a low gate to help him around the tricky circuit. The same Sha Tin race proved a Waterloo for High Point after a two-win start to the term and his new rider, Douglas Whyte, will need all of his skill to put him in the finish again from gate 12, but we are used to seeing Whyte defy bad barriers at the Valley.