Hill poised for change of luck
By Racing Editor LAWRENCE WADEY
THAT familiar David Hill end-of-season surge was only denied by the shortest of short heads at Sha Tin on Saturday when the nod went against William's Tact in the final event.
Never mind, there could be ample compensation on the way in the shape of another Hill-trained youngster, Gladstonian, who impressed at yesterday's trackwork session.
The four-year-old is entered for the Class Four 1,800-metre handicap in which he will be towards the top of the weights, having won two of his last three starts and only being denied a hat-trick by the progressive but somewhat wayward Super Delight who went on from his hard-fought defeat of Gladstonian to win his next race by six lengths.
Gladstonian's form looks good as he and Berkut pulled four lengths clear of Radiant Sun last time out and Radiant Sun ran a close second to the improving Fairmount a week ago.
So the form all around Gladstonian is working out very well and his supporters can also take heart from his trackwork.
Hill is a master trainer of these young horses, nurturing them through their first season and slowly improving them all through their second campaign.
Gladstonian was noted last week working that much better than stablemate Splendid Feeling and yesterday he held a decided edge over L'Enjoleur.
Basil Marcus was hard at work on L'Enjoleur as apprentice Raymond S. M. Tam had Gladstonian moving sweetly to the post.
Hill must also have been pleased by the way Northern Celadon picked up to clock a very comfortable final 400 metres in 24.2 seconds.
Northern Celadon benefited from the application of blinkers last time to run a good second to Survey King, the pair clear, without getting the run of the race.
He's due to be pushed up to 1,800 metres from a mile on Saturday and should go close now that he has finally dropped to a handicap mark from which he can compete meaningfully.
Ivan Allan has an interesting French import entered for the weekend in the shape of Alan Li's Pasha.
He had to go to Toulouse to score over a mile at the end of the season for Nicholas Clement.
But he had earlier shown a good deal of promise as a two-year-old and has been showing more than enough since joining Allan to suggest that he can win from a rating towards the bottom of Class Two.
Yesterday Pasha went much better than Stellar Express and Casablanca in a solid 800-metre hitout. He is worth keeping tabs on.
There was a strong piece from Alex Wong Yu-on's Majullah Superstar who is set to be moved up to a mile on Saturday.
Yesterday he put in a useful one minute 16.7 for his 1,200 metres with Top Glory who also has enough ability to win a race.