Veteran Glenealy Star ready to shine
Glenealy Star showed he is ready get back to the winner's circle with a gutsy performance in the Causeway Handicap (1,200m) on Wednesday night at Happy Valley and it may well happen in six days' time as the seven-year-old has been entered in a Class Three handicap race.
The Dennis Yip Chor-hong-trained veteran galloper had been making nice progress in three earlier starts at Happy Valley, opening on November 9 to finish sixth to Super Plus over 1,000m on a good-to-yielding track, before closing off well over 1,200m to finish a neck third to Pocket Rockets, and entered his latest performance off a tiring fifth last month to New Glory after punching the breeze.
Glenealy Star bounced quickly, before easing to settle worse than midfield and without cover behind the moderate pace of Green Zone and China Power, inched forward to settle a length closer, was urged to get going before the turn, and responded well to go under by only 1 1/2 lengths in seventh behind promising Mentor. It was a huge run in defeat off a 130-pound weight assignment - five pounds more than the winner.
Interestingly, the gelding produced his best effort last season for a win at his fifth outing over 1,200m at Happy Valley in mid-February. He won on that day off a mark of 73, which is a point lower than what he jumped this time.
The Ricky Yiu Poon-fai-trained Romantic City is another who indicated he can get his career back on track with another game front-running performance to finish outside the placings in the Class Two Cannon Handicap over (1,200m) at 41-1 odds.
Romantic City had possibly risen too fast in the ratings when chalking up four wins and five placings.
The son of Elusive City has come down off an opening mark of 101 to 93 for his latest run and, with another possible point or two of relief to be tacked on for Wednesday's failure, he will prove even harder to run down when he next steps out in a Happy Valley sprint.