Never look down on O'Sullivan's four-year-old
Never Look Back arrived in Hong Kong with a glittering Australasian CV and with two local runs under his belt, he should show his true worth in the final leg of Tuesday afternoon's Triple Trio at Sha Tin.
With the TT being only partially won on Wednesday, the main prize is expected to reach HK$23 million and Never Look Back has all the makings of a reliable banker.
The O'Reilly gelding showed great promise as a young horse in Australia and New Zealand, winning two of 10 and competing with merit against the best of his age on several occasions.
He didn't have the best of luck when making his local debut on November 3, getting shuffled back and held up in the straight, before finishing seventh to Slow Waltz but he put the writing on the wall at his next outing 22 days later when second to Sunny Power.
The four-year-old was slowly away and raced keenly in midfield before working home strongly in the final stages to be beaten just under a length.
The Paul O'Sullivan-trained gelding will find this an easier assignment with a drop in grade, should get the run of the race on the back of the likely leader California Bishop and prove too classy for his opposition under Brett Prebble.
His main danger will come from the classy Joy And Fun, despite drawing poorly, while other worthy inclusions are Horace's Choice, Prime Score and Stolen Thunder.
In the opening leg, Steel Nerves fits the banker bill after showing he was back in business with an excellent last-start performance behind the promising Unique Jewellery.
The Andreas Schutz-trained gelding parked back on the fence but really hit the line strongly under Christophe Soumillon to be beaten a short head.
He will only need to reproduce that effort to be the one to beat, with his main dangers expected to come from first starter Great Supreme, Gallant Win, Flying Kenny and Great Hero.
In the middle pin, it's hard to go past the improving Amazing Fortune when searching for a banker, given he boasts impressive formlines. The Francis Lui Kin-wai-trained four-year-old turned in a much-improved effort last start to finish third to Sight Winner and Mariachi, with both those horses since franking the form with impressive successes.
Amazing Fortune is drawn to get all the favours after drawing gate two and he should be able to open his winning account, with his toughest opposition likely to come from Mascot Fortune, Speedy, Amazing Choisir, Kenobe and Beautiful Choice.