Same World has all the right credentials
Dropping from Group One to Class One, Same World can follow up his barnstorming performance in the Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby and stands out as a banker in the middle pin of tomorrow night's Triple Trio at Happy Valley, which is expected to reach HK$6 million.
One of five John Moore-trained runners in last month's Derby, Same World was the lowest rated of the quintet, but ran by far the biggest race.
In fact, Same World was the lowest rated runner in the prestigious event and was closing on winner Fay Fay to be beaten a neck on the line, producing the second-fastest last 400m (21.83) of the race.
A month later the four-year-old finds himself at the city track and beyond 2,000m for the first time in the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union Cup (2,200m).
Brett Prebble retains the ride and has drawn a perfect gate in three, which should provide him with the opportunity to sit midfield in a 10-horse field.
The Valley shouldn't pose a problem for a horse that continues to develop race sense and 2,200m should be ideal.
Even though he hasn't won in five tries in Hong Kong, Same World's last three runs for former trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre produced wins over 2,000m, all by two lengths or more.
The Derby second saw Same World's rating jump from 87 to 97, but he still comes into this race well placed at the weights, the extended band of 105-80 leaving him with 126 pounds.
Carrying top weight of 133 pounds is stablemate Dominant (Jeff Lloyd), who was considered to be disappointing by some after his eighth as second favourite in the Derby.
In his defence, the dawdling pace ruined his chances and he still warmed up with a decent final sectional. Gate one and a step up to a trip he will appreciate have him among the chances.
Also include the John Size-trained Sapelli (Keith Yeung Ming-lun). Even though he has never been beyond 2,000m in 50 starts, his dour but consistent efforts suggest he is ready for a step up in trip.
Two drawn wide, but to be considered, are Liberator (Tim Clark) and Osvaldo (Andreas Suborics) - who may not be up to these in class, but is in good form and likes the track.
In the opening leg, a Class Four over 1,200m, play a double banker with Me Tsui Yu-sak's Gold Edition (Weichong Marwing) and the Dennis Yip Chor-hong-trained Surfer Boy.
Surfer Boy comes in off two consecutive runner-up course and distance efforts.
Gold Edition was part of a near-triple dead-heat when a nose third last start behind Ride On The Fire. He gets a nice draw from where Marwing should be able to lead.
Play it tight with a tough final leg to come, but consider Winsome (Prebble), Supreme Taiji (Alex Lai Hoi-wing) and Caga Spirit (Clark).
The final leg is a Class Three nightmare - it would be hard to find a race with more out-of-form runners in any grade.
Other than the two first starters, no horse in the race finished better than seventh at their last start and only one has finished top three in their last three tries.
The Andreas Schutz-trained Forever Elation (Tye Angland) is the horse with the most recent placed effort. He has drawn one and there has been some merit to his last two runs.
He is the banker, but punters might have to cast their nets wide to capture the remaining placegetters. Try Master Rio (Zac Purton), first-starter Mega (Lai) and Shahjee (Eddie Lai wai-ming).
If stand-by starter Friends Of Yan Oi gets a run, include him as well.
The final sectional Same World produced in last month's Hong Kong Derby behind Fay Fay