Elegance Desire ready to blossom
John Moore had his lead in the premiership reduced to a single win, but the bread-and-butter performer Elegance Desire looks ready to score an elusive win after resuming off a tendon injury (June 8) with an eye-catching display in the Class Two Chater Handicap (1,200m) at Happy Valley on Wednesday night.
He was allowed to travel under his own steam as the 12-1 sixth choice in betting under Darren Beadman, swung widest out upon straightening and let down well, despite a bit of bustling with Mr Vigorous at the 150m.
Elegance Desire had caught the eye in his first season of racing after arriving from the Edward Lynam stable in Ireland a winner over the 1,400m at Naas and three-times placed up to a mile from four starts.
He put the writing on the wall at his first start when charging home for fourth over the 1,200m at Happy Valley, before switching to Sha Tin for an easy Class Three win over the 1,400m, but only finished in the placings since.
The five-year-old son of Medicean and the Diesis mare Giusina Mia is a fresh horse with 37-race meetings tucked away and should be able to make his mark over the 1,200m, 1,400m or a mile.
Darpana has been racing in good spirits - for a win, third and fourth - and may not be far off another victory after a gallant third behind Go Legend Go and Multiproud in the Class Four Garden Road Handicap.
The five-year-old returned after a laser throat surgery following his November run and David Ferraris has only given him steady pieces.
Darpana was not suited by the slow pace, but came home in a sparkling 22.38 seconds for his final quarter, which was just 5/100ths slower than the last split clocked by exciting Turbo King in winning a Class Three a race later.
Others to keep an eye are Sleepcare, Showtime and Owners' Glory.