Trainer Tony Millard has unearthed a promising colt in Golden Harvest after the four-year-old turned in an eye-catching performance in the Class Four Lam Tin Handicap (1,000m) at Happy Valley on Sunday.
He was coming along steadily last season before hitting the sidelines with a stress fracture of the cannon bone in April. He was back in training in July and came into his debut performance off two strong trials behind Forever Joyful and Creative Union up the Sha Tin straight.
In his first feel of the city venue with Tim Clark aboard, Golden Harvest settled behind midfield and one off the fence after breaking a shade slow.
He was cast four deep after copping a bump by Happy Goal at the 450m, switched off the heels of Ultimate Power into the clear at the 250m and bridged the gap late to finish off a pleasing fifth - 3½ lengths off the winner Secret Of Winning and only a half-length margin off a placing. He clocked the fastest final 400m split in 22.33 seconds.
Golden Harvest is a son of Al Maher and Gold Brose mare Marzipan.
Al Maher was a smart winner of five races from 1,200m to 1,800m, including the Group One VRC Australian Guineas. His dam, Marzipan, was a two-time winner in New Zealand over 1,000m and 1,200m, and is a sister to Butterscotch - top-rated New Zealand filly in 2000-01 - and five-time winner Viennetta. She has produced one other starter in Glaze, a daughter of Danzero, who is a multiple sprint winner, and is also a relative of the honest Big Winner Again, two-time winner in Hong Kong.
Golden Harvest has the makings of a decent money spinner on both turf and dirt for connections.