Four Winds to blow hot
CHAMPION trainer David Hill zoomed back to form with a vengeance at Happy Valley, sending out a treble on Wednesday night.
He could well be on the mark again at Sha Tin this afternoon with Four Winds (Nap) in the day's seventh event where he should be at decent odds.
It is almost legend by now that Hill, a former multiple champion trainer of Madras in India as well as being tops in Hong Kong, habitually hits form in the second half of the season.
His is a patient style of training and one not to be underestimated. The impression I get here, back in dear old Blighty, is that he could compete with the best anywhere in the world.
So come on David do us all a favour with Four Winds who has now had two runs this season and could be ready to strike at big value.
It looks significant that Basil Marcus jumps on board this afternoon rather than the apprentice used for his other two starts this campaign.
And it is probably worth forgetting Four Winds last effort as he was bumped in running.
Last season Four Winds clocked consistently good Topspeed figures and comes out best of this bunch on any number of runs.
The main danger could come from Smart Boy and Many Treasure. Smart Boy will be suited by the drop back in distance from 1,800 metres to a mile, despite hanging on to win over 1,800 metres last time.
Many Treasure will benefit from Lester Piggott's handling. He was made too much use of last time out.
I'm also very keen on the improving Star Of Marble (Next Best) in the fifth event.
He recorded close to his best Topspeed figure when scoring last time out and the clock strongly suggests that he can handle the rise in grade.