Lo's 'Star' gives a perfect pointer
IF Eddie K. C. Lo's Star Greeting doesn't run a good race in tomorrow night's fourth event at Happy Valley, it can't be blamed on his trackwork.
He worked in breathtaking style for a horse still rated in Class Four when sent for a solid hitout under Jackie C. K. Tse at Sha Tin yesterday morning and while tomorrow's Class Three contest may be testing him a bit, the quality of his work is such thatit would be sheer folly to leave him out of quinella calculations.
Yesterday Star Greeting worked in company with his much higher rated stablemate Peace Gallery, who has been racing in Classes One and Two this season.
If he had stayed within a length of Peace Gallery, it would have been possible to come away and say it had been a good workout.
But no, he pulled a good two lengths clear when they were both asked for a serious effort over their final 400 metres.
The clock confirmed what the eye had seen. Star Greeting came through that final quarter in an impressive 22.7 seconds and he should be spot on for his race tomorrow night.
His form is also looking good. Last time out he was worried out of it by Highland Laddie and Highland Laddie has gone on to win again since.
What's more, with Tony Cruz deserting Star Greeting in favour of Feodor, there could well be a bit of value about this gelding, who, for those wanting trivia as well as a winner, was bred by Patrick Biancone's daughter! Lo's Lucky Sound should also be kept tabs on. The stable has been badly out of form for a long time but Lucky Sound's dismissal of Family Of Wah Yuen in a solid 800-metre piece suggests he is capable of winning.
There was also a good piece of work in readiness for this fourth event from David Oughton's Sun Crest, who picked up well for jockey-of-the-moment Walter Swinburn to clock a final quarter in a smooth 23.8 seconds.
Oughton's low-grade stayer, Figure It Out, continues to go well in the mornings.
Yesterday he worked all over his stablemate and the main question is can Figure It Out be found a race long enough before the end of the season? Innate ability saw him prevail over 1,800 metres in Class Six but 2,000 metres was too short when tried in Class Five and Six company last time out and he really wants to go over as far as possible - and preferably wind against.
Neville Begg's Love Not War has been enjoying a quality season and his Magic Joy, already the winner of two races before running Sunday Cruise close last time out, hasn't stopped improving.
Yesterday he only had to be shaken up to pull several lengths clear of stablemate Diamond Coast in a most encouraging piece.
Begg's Jolly Good Winner, who was made odds on to score at the first time of asking down the straight 1,000 metres, only to run third to California Gold, also worked pleasingly yesterday morning, this time from the barriers at the top of the back straight.
The infamous Better Choice looked none the worse for his costly last-start failure when working strongly yesterday and is worth another chance.
Wong Tang-ping looks to have really found the key to Hammerhead, who sauntered clear of Star Of Marble in a good piece.
Two other last-start winners also impressed. Gary Ng Ting-keung's Electric Flash is quite probably a decent horse in the making. His Australian form indicates that, so did his last start win and so did his work yesterday morning. He is really beginning toblossom.
Kenny Kam's Fortune Collect moved extremely well on the inside work track and it is tempting to suggest he is going better than before trouncing a Class Six field on the equitrack a few weeks ago.