Dirt surface should pose no problem for Kung Fu

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 03 March, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 03 March, 2009, 12:00am

Kung Fu makes his all-weather track debut in the middle pin of tomorrow night's Triple Trio at Sha Tin, and expect the speed machine to run his rivals ragged.

The Derek Cruz-trained gelding lands in a very suitable race and is a standout banker.

Kung Fu opened the season with two excellent placings to smart Brilliant Chapter, before struggling at his next appearance after being involved in an early speed duel.

He was forced to work too hard from a wide alley at his next outing and weakened to finish at the tail of the field, before turning in a sound effort last time at Happy Valley behind the Ricky Yiu Poon-fie-trained impressive Charmgold after setting a fast speed.

Although he tackles the artificial surface for the first time under race conditions, he showed a distinct liking for the track when leading all the way to win a barrier trial in January last year.

With the advantage of gate five, the six-year-old should be able to find the front with a minimum of fuss under Weichong Marwing, and he'll be the one they all have to gun down.

An appealing double banker is Me Tsui Yu-sak's honest Thunder Dancing, while Pretty Touch creates plenty of interest at his Sha Tin debut after arriving from Australia with the perfect record from two starts, including a success on a similar surface.

Others capable of getting into the action are Master Gunner, Taiji Spirit and Achilles Of Troy.

In the opening leg, Couldn't Care Less, to be ridden by Zac Purton, fits the banker bill after being unlucky not to be in the action at his last outing.

The Andreas Schutz-trained gelding, a three-time course and distance winner, was hitting the line with purpose at his last start in a similar event before striking severe traffic problems 150m from home.

There's little doubt that with clear running he would have figured in the finish, and with the advantage of gate four, he will only need better fortune over the final stages to bounce back to his best.

His toughest opposition will come from Spring Smiles, Double Fantasy, Tale Of Friendship, Lazy Buddies and Global Way.

In the final leg, it's hard to go past Olympicship when searching for a banker, given he looks set to control the race from the front under in-form jockey Darren Beadman.

He displayed talent in New Zealand when winning one of six, but he has taken time to settle into his new surroundings.

He turned in a much-improved effort three starts back at his all-weather track debut, before failing to back-up the performance at his next outing after copping a squeeze and becoming unbalanced at the 500m mark.

The four-year-old was well supported at his next outing on February 15, and looked all over a winner in the concluding stages before being gunned down on the line by Gallant Master.

In a race void of genuine speed, Beadman should be able to bounce straight to the front, and Olympicship should have little trouble in landing his first success.

The Andy Leung Tin-wah-trained Needles And Thread put the writing on the wall with a good effort last start after covering ground, and from an inside alley, he shapes up as an appealing double banker, while other worthy inclusions are Lucky Champion, Massive Star, Wadadelight and Lucky Tycoon.