Marcus set for Great Time
CHAMPION jockey Basil Marcus and Great Time (Nap) look set to outstay their competition in tonight's final event for Class Three and Four performers.
Although seemingly disappointing this season after a good first-up showing, the lanky grey was responsible for two wins last season and several gallant performances behind the likes of Northern Fire Ball and this year's Derby Trial second-placed finisher, Fortune Ride.
With his calm temperament and tremendously powerful stride, Great Time should absolutely relish the 2,000-metre trip.
Being a year older may explain why he has taken time to really come back to himself but so may the choice of distance trainer Alex Wong Yu-on has opted to run him over since he joined his stable.
He is now back to his correct distance and the booking of Marcus is a sure sign that he is back in peak condition and capable of running an admirable race.
It could pay to afford quinella respect to the great maestro himself, Lester Piggott, who is riding Freedom Reigns.
The nine-time Epsom Derby winner is seldom seen riding in the territory over these longer distances and while his mount has yet to show his old sparkle, some magic from the maestro could well rekindle his interest.
Freedom Reigns has not done much so far this season but he has been a useful stayer in the previous few campaigns and there were signs in his last run that he still possesses enough ability to figure from his current mark.