Golden quinella in sixth
THERE are not many chances in today's sixth event at Sha Tin which is why a quinella combination of Golden Era, Diablo and Electric Flash should pay dividends.
You never know, these three may even run the tierce. Then we would be laughing all the way to the tote windows to collect.
Golden Era has been an in-and-out performer so far this season but this well-bred gelding possesses definite ability and the drop back to 1,400 metres could bring out the best in him.
He seems to have found 1,200 metres on the short side and definitely didn't look to stay a mile last time out.
Diablo is another who seems to have been found out by a mile on his last few starts.
His best form this season has been over today's course and distance on which he is very well handicapped, running from a mark three pounds lower than when just caught close home by Fun And Smile.
Three pounds may not seem very much but it translates to a length which could be an all-important margin on the line.
I also like the fact that Jackie Tse, who rode this horse well last season, is back on board, replacing Simon ''Hong Kong'' Yim who probably went a bit too fast on him last time out.
Conversely, Electric Flash has found the short sprinters too quick for him in his outings so far this campaign.
He should be favoured by the move up in distance and his recent work for Eric Saint-Martin has been very pleasing.
I'm beginning to like Saint-Martin as a rider. He is learning all the time about how to ride the tracks and knew exactly what to do on Viva St Paul's on Wednesday night - just get to the front as soon as possible.