Legendary Dragon is the one to beat
Legendary Dragon surprised most punters winning a week ago at Happy Valley, but the four-year-old returns tonight as the one to beat in the Police Cup (1,200m).
Legendary Dragon(Neil Callan) ran a fair race on debut up the straight at Sha Tin, but trainer Ricky Yiu Poon-fai had tried to convince the gelding's owners that Happy Valley was his track.
Second time out, he was able to show how right he was, with the 27-1 chance beating rival Moneymaker (Douglas Whyte), despite having a little bit of work to do over the early part of this course.
From barrier eight, Callan was caught wide going into the first turn, then took a chance on using Legendary Dragon at that stage to get further forward into a two-wide path. He got there but it did have to cost Legendary Dragon a little something at the finish of the race, so his effort to still get home first by a neck was a solid one.
He is back as a very fit horse seven days later, carries just two pounds more in this race and there is a beneficial trade off for a much better draw, gate one, which has often been vital over the 'C' course.
For all of that good news, this Class Three feature is a competitive race with six or seven legitimate winning hopes.
One that punters might have overlooked at good odds is Happy Drumming (Eddy Lai Wai-ming).
Though his five starts have yielded just one placing - over this course and distance in Class Four two runs ago - Happy Drumming has had issues with barrier draws at shorter trips and overracing when stepped up in distance.
His latest outing at Sha Tin was one of the former, sitting off the track from gate nine and working too hard behind Mentor. The gelding goes to gate four, carries a light weight and has the versatility to go forward or sit behind the speed if the other speed runners in the field want to get along.
Others with serious chances look to be Smart Kids (Howard Cheng Yue-tin), Happy Ha Ha (Keith Yeung Ming-lun) and Moneymaker, but the race by no means finishes there.