Eight Plus Nine can make light work of weight rise
Eight Plus Nine was hugely impressive when overcoming difficulties to score first-up and he should make light work of a rise in weight in the final leg of tomorrow afternoon's Triple Trio at Sha Tin.
The Almond Lee Yee-tat-trained gelding arrived from New Zealand a winner of his only start and showed at his second local appearance he had the makings of a smart horse when finishing fourth to Nice King.
The son of former top sprinter Al Akbar was slow from gates, settled back, covered ground and raced keenly before finishing a close-up fourth.
He resumed on September 29 and was heavily supported to take the prize. He looked anything but a likely winner when badly held up once balancing for the run home.
Gerald Mosse was eventually able to get the four-year-old into clear galloping room and he lengthened like a horse heading to better races to finish all over the top of his rivals.
Eight Plus Nine has been kept fresh since that assignment and since he won't find this any tougher, he should have little trouble in landing back-to-back successes.
The toughest opposition will likely come from Jolly Wongchoy, who showed he was coming back to form with an improved effort last start at Happy Valley after covering ground.
He looks better suited returning to Sha Tin and trainer Alex Wong Yu-on's engagement of Douglas Whyte is another positive.
Others capable of figuring in the finish are Super Snippets, who has had little luck in two runs this season, Star Of Fame, Sparkling Star and California Luck.
The opening leg looks tricky, but a return to the 1,000m straight course could result in the handy Jiang Jun finding his best.
The six-year-old has only raced over this course and distance three times for a win and seconds to the class performers All's Well and Royal Delight, which is an outstanding form reference.
His biggest threats will come from Deferential, with the blinkers added, Bulb King, Ultra Fantasy and Dim Sum, with the potential improver being Harb under a light weight.
In the middle pin, Real Special fits the banker bill with the benefit of one run under his belt and a step up to 1,600m. The John Size-trained three-year-old finished eighth to Savute when making his debut but the effort had plenty of merit as he was posted off the track throughout.
He should press forward from a wide alley on this occasion to park on the speed and expect him to be the one to run down in the straight.
Other worthy inclusions are Red Wine Honey, Ever King, Lucky Money Star and China Sportfield.