Sighs of relief as JJ restores HK's reputation

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 16 March, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 16 March, 2011, 12:00am

Jockey Club officials doubtless breathed a little relieved sigh when South African sprinter J J The Jet Plane put to the sword last Thursday the view that turf horses have no problem with Dubai's Tapeta surface.

One of their proud boasts, and justifiably so, has been that horses who win at the internationals in Hong Kong carry their form both from other racing centres and on into their careers afterwards. You don't see those one-off, crash bang, what-about-that wins that seem to come from nowhere and disappear down the same spout.

But JJ's Hong Kong Sprint win didn't carry over at all to the Tapeta, with the sprinter beaten when he stepped out in Dubai recently in the style of a horse who had a problem or would struggle in Class Five.

He turned it all around last Thursday and returned credibility to the Sha Tin result when he went back to the turf course to win very well and make himself the nominal favourite for the Al Quoz Sprint on Saturday week. The horse that thrashed him on the Tapeta, Green Beret, was a well-beaten third this time.