Moore's transformed Rewarding Star can notch another win

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 19 May, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 19 May, 2009, 12:00am

Rewarding Star has been one of the surprise packets of the season and he strikes the ideal opportunity to notch his fifth win for the campaign in the final leg of Thursday night's Triple Trio at Happy Valley.

It was only 15 months ago the John Moore-trained gelding managed to graduate from Class Five, but his transformation since the break last summer has been unexpected.

After having little luck at his first two runs for the term, the five-year-old reeled off four wins in his next seven starts, and although his recent form looks anything but impressive, he hasn't been racing with a great deal of luck.

Three starts back he turned in a good performance behind Jamesina after covering ground and racing too keenly, before failing to beat a runner home two weeks later after having a torrid trip from a wide barrier.

With a month between runs, the gelding indicated he was set to end the season on a high when running on well from the tail of the field to finish a close-up fifth to Real Special after settling last from a tricky alley.

He is better placed returning to this trip, should land in a prominent position from a middle gate, and take plenty of beating.

His main danger appears to be course-and-distance specialist Butterfield, who has a terrific record for Douglas Whyte.

He returned to winning form with a last-stride victory two starts ago, before running on strongly last time after turning for home at the tail of the field.

Although lining up with 85 days between runs, he has performed well fresh in the past and should be powering to the line again.

Others entitled to inclusion are Ankh Morpork with blinkers added and Hold Hands, with the potential improvers being Great Heart and Elite Fortune.

In the opening leg, Legend looks to have the race at his mercy after coming up with the prized inside alley.

He let down well to open his winning account with a touch of style two starts ago, before coming up narrowly short behind Animation. The David Hall-trained gelding looks better suited back to the more forgiving Happy Valley surface and should get all the favours from the prime draw.

The clear danger, and an appealing double banker, is Double Dragon on the back of three good performances.

He did pull up distressed following his last outing behind Happy Reunion and subsequent winner Smart Currency, but has been freshened up since and looks nicely suited with the advantage of Matthew Chadwick's seven-pound claim.

Others entitled to consideration are China Hero, Steel Nerves, Marvellous and O'Reilly Magic.

The middle leg looks tough, but Charmgold shapes as a safest banker option with a return to 1,200m.

The Ricky Yiu Poon-fie-trained gelding was unlucky not to claim the prize two starts back after striking trouble turning for home, but he wasn't quite as effective when switched to Sha Tin and stepped up to 1,400m last start.

The three-year-old has been freshened up since, is still open to improvement, and strikes an ideal race.

Lucky Prince should be a big improver with the advantage of a good draw. He showed promise in Australia. He kept on reasonably well at his second Hong Kong outing to indicate he was ready for this trip, while other possibilities are Magic Sweep, My Time, K-Jack and Rare Treasure.