THERE was never much chance of him winning yesterday's Hong Kong Gold Cup but connections of Supreme Bases would have been more than pleased with his effort in the day's feature event.
The six-year-old has not been over-raced in his local career and it was no surprise to see him jump the longest price of the nine runners.
But the Irish-bred gelding covered himself in glory with a battling sixth and no horse hit the line harder.
It was only the sixth run of the season for Supreme Bases and trainer David Hill must be looking with great anticipation at the longer races later in the season - the Group Two Queen Mother's Cup over 2,400 metres in May looks perfect and on his performance yesterday he is more than capable of getting into the placings in the Champions and Chater Cup over the same trip earlier in the same month.
Earlier in the card the Derek Cruz-trained Super Lord finished well down the track in the race won by Brilliant Leader but he showed up for a major part of the race before weakening in the last 100 metres.
The six-year-old has won two races at Happy Valley over the 1,800 metres and should be ready to do something when he returns there.TLP MARK YOUR CARD MARK YOUR CARD