Flashing Guy to make most of it
Flashing Guy might be a late call-up to the Craigengower Cricket Club Challenge Cup (1,000m) at Happy Valley tonight, but the sprinter looks to have landed in the right time and place to claim the feature.
Flashing Guy (Brett Prebble) was listed as a reserve for the race until yesterday, but the withdrawal of Jun Dao has given the Manfred Man Ka-leung-trained five-year-old a start, a good gate and a top jockey in a race which is just begging to be won.
Until Flashing Guy's inclusion, finding the winner loomed as a tough ask - those in form like Super Plus (Ben So Tik-hung) and Hawthorne (Terry Wong Chi-wai) had drawn poorly, and there are question marks over disappointing horses like Supreme Jewellery and Xi Ying Men.
And the betting public loves Danewin Winning (Matthew Chadwick), but his form simply has not measured up yet to that estimation.
It was tough to know where to go - until Flashing Guy got the run.
Two starts ago in Class Four, he did all but win when the very much in-form Make It grabbed him in the final strides over 1,200m. Since then, he finished fifth to Mentor last week in this grade over 1,200m when forced to work three-wide throughout from his outside gate.
With abundant pace, Flashing Guy shouldn't be disadvantaged coming back to this trip and he can race in the lead or take the box-seat run.
Punters must just about have had enough of Supreme Jewellery (Douglas Whyte), but the John Size-trained four-year-old is worth another chance coming to the Valley for the first time. There are no two ways about it - he looked a nice horse in the making and has failed to deliver at Sha Tin. However, the gelding has raced a touch too keenly at times and a line in the stewards' report from his latest flop raises the possibility he isn't coping with the firmer ground.
Happy Valley is more forgiving underfoot and even a better venue for horses which race keenly as the frequent turning can shift their focus. It might be his last throw at the stumps, but Supreme Jewellery has too much natural ability to dismiss him yet as a threat.