Improving Metrevelli is ready to strike
The David Ferraris-trained Metrevelli lived up to his improved trackwork with another good performance in the Wang Tak Handicap over the extended Valley mile on Wednesday night.
Metrevelli has taken some time to find his feet since arriving in November 2010 from his birthplace in South Africa and his latest three starts indicate the four-year-old is on the way up.
The gelding opened the new campaign off a mark of 36 and it took another 10-point dive before he came to life with a career-best performance on January 29 in a Sha Tin mile.
He made his run among the last few after a sluggish break, but slowly found his feet before finishing up a sound 1 1/2-length fourth to Super Team, who has since franked the form in Class Four. Second-placed Prince Of Sunshine has also come out a winner since.
Down another point for an 1,800m contest at Sha Tin 13 days later, he made a late bid to finish a 2 1/2-length sixth to Danesouth under the guidance of Olivier Doleuze.
Italian Umberto Rispoli was called up on Wednesday night to make the 117-pound weight assignment off a lifetime low mark of 23. Metrevelli wasn't flash into stride from gate three and had to check off heels of Dr Union, eventually settling worse than midfield and on the paint about five lengths off the leader Epatant. He had to again take a hold and was back to fourth from the rear, turned the corner five wide and responded nicely to finish up strongly for a three-quarter-length second behind Ray's Favourite.
Metrevelli is a son of South African sensation Jet Master, a 17-time winner of eight Group Ones from 1,000m to 1,600m and the sire of one previous Hong Kong starter in Value Choice, a six-time short-course winner at Happy Valley. Metrevelli's mother, Fiery Flier, was successful from 1,600m to 2,000m and has produced three winners from four other performers from 1,000m to 1,600m.