In-form Lai gunning for more glory with Century Super Star
Eddie Lai Wai-ming took the feature at Happy Valley midweek as part of his first riding treble and the local freelancer can carry on the good work in the Kowloon Cricket Club Centenary Cup (1,200m) on the all-weather at Sha Tin today with Century Super Star.
Century Super Star showed top form early in the season, winning twice over this course and distance from low draws.
He has just found it a touch harder off a higher rating since, but his efforts have been sound and the eight-year-old advertised his well-being last time out with a flashing third behind Loads Of Joy.
On that occasion, Century Super Star got well out of the race early from gate seven, but barrier one this time should see him getting the kind of trail behind the lead where he has been at his most dangerous.
Key for Century Super Star will be the tactics on the likely leaders, My Whisky (Kevin Leung Ka-wai) and Amedeo (Jeff Lloyd).
With the 10-pound claim being employed on My Whisky, he looks most likely to do his best to hold onto the front end of the race as Amedeo presses forward to his outside from a little wider out.
If there is no other pressure from the likes of Maelstrom or Glenealy Star, this pair may get to steady the tempo mid-race but any additional pressure would set the race for Lai.
Three-year-old Amedeo certainly looks a strong danger, despite disappointing when Entrapment gave him a galloping lesson last start.
His hollow Class Four win prior had suggested he was promising on the dirt, but he had everything his own way on that occasion and was put back in his box in no uncertain terms last time when the winner joined him before straightening and he quickly succumbed, though he managed to beat the remainder of the field comfortably.