Dancer looks worth a flirt
FLIRTING Dancer (Nap) should be very hard to beat in this afternoon's final event on Chairman's Prize day at Sha Tin.
The sprint championship meeting was always one of my favourites but at this time of year finding winners can be decidedly tricky.
Flirting Dancer looks one of the safer havens on the programme as he has done well since moving to John Moore.
There aren't too many horses that leave Patrick Biancone and improve but that looks to be the case with this beautifully bred son of Irish Derby winner, Shareef Dancer.
He has run twice since moving to Moore and on both occasions has been beaten just half a length.
The first time, the 1,600 metres appeared to be a bit on the short side for him as he flashed home late and all but caught Thunder Bolt and Mr Judge.
He then looked unlucky to win the Indian Recreation Club Cup when he himself was caught in the shadows of the post by the lightly weighted Miss Piggy.
Flirting Dancer was on the rails on the home bend and Johnny Marshall had to make one of those split-second decisions.
He had to decide whether to edge out for a run or sit on the inside and wait for a split.
He did what I would have done and played the percentage game. He had a ton of horse under him, going really well, so he edged out and took the safe course home.
He looked the winner with 50 metres to run only for Miss Piggy to come from out of the clouds and put his head in front in the dying strides.
Flirting Dancer should stay the 2,000 metres and, while he has a crushing 140 pounds to defy, this doesn't look an overly strong field.
I'm also very keen on Better Choice in the seventh event.
I won on him towards the backend of last season and that defeat of City Raider indicates he has the form to win this Class Four event.
City Raider is now racing well in Class Two so, for me, it is not so much if Better Choice can come back to form but when he will.
He can be a difficult ride as he needs to be niggled along throughout before he really grabs hold of the bit. Basil Marcus should suit him ideally.