Quiet time to pay dividends
INTERMAC Supreme put in a particularly pleasing run in the fifth event at Sha Tin yesterday and must be followed.
Although reasonably well drawn in barrier five, Intermac Supreme was caught wide for vital stretches of the 1,600-metre event and his final fifth placing was noticeably good.
Intermac Supreme has actually won first-up in the past but last season went wrong after an initial success and trainer Peter Ng Bik-kuen has been easy with him - and that could end up paying dividends.
This was a good effort and on his best form Intermac Supreme is definitely up to winning.
In the same race, there seems little doubt that Country Lad, sent off at 8-1, will benefit and an eye must be kept on him over more ground.
He came home quite well at the end of this 1,600-metre event and took fourth behind shock winner Highland Laddie. On his breeding and the way he races, Country Lad is after a trip and when trainer John Moore steps him up to 1,800 metres it could pay to be involved.
There are no prizes for nominating Drifting Away as a future winner because his debut run in the third event was simply eye-catching. Last on settling, big in condition, Drifting Away came home tremendously well for fourth.