Clear Spray best in wet
By CHEUNG KI
WHEN it is wet at Sha Tin there are few horses who go better in the ground than Neville Begg's Clear Spray (Nap) who looks set to take plenty of beating in this afternoon's opening event.
There is nothing quite like starting a meeting on a winning note. It buoys the confidence and from there is also the feeling of playing with ''their'' money, rather than your own.
Clear Spray has been working better than ever going into the opener and this is signficantly easier company than he has been asked to face before in Hong Kong.
Begg has taken advantage of the voluntary demotion scheme to race him in Class Four, admittedly under a big weight, and the demotion, plus the rain, and just a little help from that man Lester Piggott, should see Clear Spray oblige.
This is also the race to go looking for the day's best quinella.
Here it is worth siding with another wet ground specialist in Eddie K.C. Lo's Pleasant Surprise who showed what he can do in the wet when a good third to Winning Wave over course and distance first time out this season.
Last-start winner, Mehrban, also merits quinella respect.