So can upstage the big guns in Challenge

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 21 October, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 21 October, 2009, 12:00am

Improving apprentice Ben So Tik-hung ended the weekend meeting a winner with Berio and is at nice odds in tonight's Happy Valley Jockey Challenge to continue the good work and upstage the big names.

Douglas Whyte at 3.4 was the worthy early favourite ahead of Brett Prebble at 5.50, but So, quoted at 17.0, has a chance to win the honours for the first time.

With the rail in the 'C' position, on pace and on the rail is golden.

A quick look across the 10-pound claimer's six mounts suggest he is going to see plenty of those spots all night.

Ganbaria is a likely leader in race one after being unable to get control from wide barriers at his first two runs this term, while Classa Supreme doesn't know any way to race, except get out and run.

Dr Well (race four) and Macho Expresso (race five) are also regular leaders and So comes home with Easy Ahead (race eight), who led at his first run over the Valley mile last time and held off all but promising Hannah King Prawn.

With good gates, the right style and light weights, So's rides look tailor-made for a Valley with the rail out.

Darren Beadman was the rider that early shoppers wanted at 14.0 and he trimmed up to 11.0 quickly. The Australian has a number of winning hopes among his five rides though, High Luck (race two) and Elite Sixty Six (race seven) aside, he hasn't been dealt much of a hand with the barrier draws.