Dr Super can run rivals ragged again
Dr Super surprised a few with the agility he showed from a wide draw to lead all the way on his first run at Happy Valley, but he is the horse to beat again in the Phoenix TV Cup (1,200m) tonight with a repeat performance.
The lightly raced three-year-old from the John Size yard is as big as any horse in Hong Kong, tipping the scales at 1,316 pounds the night he won over this course earlier this month.
There was plenty of opinion Dr Super (Douglas Whyte) would find the small Valley track difficult to negotiate, especially from barrier 11, but he was nimble enough to not only get around the track comfortably but cross and lead.
That race was on the 'B' course so tonight's 'A' track race should suit him even better, with a wider track and turns that aren't quite as sharp, though his rivals will doubtless be looking for Whyte as he seeks the front this time.
Drawn underneath Dr Super are speedy horses he beat last time, like Mr Vigorous (Ben So Tik-hung), Glenealy Star and My Goal, and they may try to make the big gelding earn his way to the front more expensively.
But Dr Super is one of the two runners with real scope for progress and is entitled to favouritism on that basis.
Brett Prebble jumps aboard the other young sprinter with some upside, Ultimate Winners from the Michael Chang Chun-wai yard.
He has looked a decent sprinter in five runs up the Sha Tin straight for two wins and two seconds, and overlook his latest fifth when he was trapped in the centre of the course which has been a graveyard at Sha Tin meetings this season.
He might be a slight query at 1,200m, but Ultimate Winners will get the right run to see it out from barrier one.
The Almond Lee-trained Good Strike (Keith Yeung Ming-lun) does not win out of his turn and has a wide alley, but he gets a sharp weight drop for recent efforts where he hasn't been too far out of the finish.