Special delivery on target
THE addition of blinkers could make all the difference to Winner's Special in the third event at the final night meeting of the season at Happy Valley.
Trainer Wong Tang-ping has again turned to visiting Australian Michael Clarke as he attempts to win with the four-year-old New Zealand import who was going better than anything at the line in his last outing.
That was at Sha Tin over 1,600 metres and he came from an impossible position - under the hardest of riding from Clarke - to finish a length from winner Lucky Express with Good As Gold splitting the quinella.
Clarke had a torrid time with the gelding who refused to race generously in the middle stages of the event and only got going when well into the straight. It is no surprise that the blinkers are applied for the first time as it should clearly help to concentrate Winner's Special on matters in hand.
Tonight's Class Three event is over 1,650 metres and it's certainly easy enough to see Winner's Special turning the tables on Good As Gold.
There's only a pound difference for a quarter length but more significantly Damien Oliver on Good As Gold enjoyed a trouble-free passage last time.
Good As Gold had every chance to beat Lucky Express and it is reasonable to assume that had Winner's Special gone at all generously for Clarke in transit last time it could have been a different result.