Marwing can strike in wide-open market

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 23 March, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 23 March, 2011, 12:00am

A wide-open Jockey Challenge will make it hard to back a winner on the all-weather track at Sha Tin tonight, but those who support Weichong Marwing at his opening quote of $17 will be rewarded handsomely if the South African hits a hot-streak on his book of solid dirt performers.

Brett Prebble is a shaky $2.90 favourite, and Douglas Whyte is no value as $5 second elect, so tonight may the time for punters to broaden their Jockey Challenge horizons and chance their arm at a price.

Marwing has six rides and, with his healthy strike-rate of 10.5 per cent on the dirt this season, he can be supported with some confidence at the value quote.

Well Noted lives for the dirt - winning three of his four races on this surface - and the eight-year-old veteran can get Marwing on the board in race two for new trainer Alex Wong Yu-on.

The David Ferraris-trained Darpana also boasts strong dirt credentials, having won and placed from his five starts, and can add to Marwing's tally. More Lucky is still searching for his breakthrough win, but trainer John Moore has his four-year-old rock-hard fit. Appreciation, for trainer John Size, is getting his first try on the dirt, as is Affluence Of Rain for Ferraris - but both are quality animals who should adapt well to the new conditions.

Marwing rounds his night out with Flying China, an honest dirt performer who has won twice over 1,200m, but who steps up to 1,800m for the first time.