It's all about able Berry and Moore
Jockey has taken Hong Kong by storm, building a strong relationship with trainer, and the successful stint can continue with Able Speed
Tommy Berry has been a hit since arriving and the main beneficiary of his polished performances has been trainer John Moore.
The pair can continue to build on an already fruitful combination when Able Speed looks to break a long run of outs in the final leg of tomorrow night's Triple Trio.
Berry started his short stint with a bang, winning for Moore aboard Military Attack on the first day and the success has continued. Half of Berry's 14 winners have been for Moore, coming at an impressive strike rate of 23 per cent, with a solid-as-a-rock place strike rate of 50 per cent.
Able Speed might not have won for nearly two years, but he has been mixing with some pretty tough company in that time and Berry climbing aboard the seven-year-old has brought about a new lease of life.
His last two runs have seen Able Speed hitting the line with purpose, despite things not working out exactly how Berry would have wanted.
Last start over 1,200m at Sha Tin, Berry hunted forward from gate nine, but had to be content with taking a hold and ended up three wide and further back than anticipated. He rounded the turn wide but Able Speed knuckled down and managed to finish third, beaten a neck by the winner Fionn's Treasure, who had box-seated and got a dream inside run.
Able Speed has never won at Happy Valley, but he has placed in five of 12 starts, and two starts ago showed he could perform on the smaller track. Again he was stuck wide with cover over 1,200m and this time got within a neck of impressive three-year-old California Bounty, giving six pounds to the winner.
From gate six against a moderate field, he can be counted on as an anchor for TT players looking for an end-of-season windfall.
There are a few dangers that need to be respected for their course and distance records, despite unimpressive last-start runs. As the season drags on expect a few older, seemingly out-of-form horses to find their way into the winner's stall.
Happy Yeah Yeah (Keith Yeung Ming-lun), Super Plus (Ben So Tik-hung) and Tai Sing Yeh (Vincent Ho Chak-yiu) are coming off unplaced runs, but have 17 Happy Valley wins between them and are all capable of winning again. Choice Treasure (Howard Cheng Yue-tin) can be given another chance after drawing gate one.
The first leg is a Class Four over the extended mile and go with in-form Flying Elite (Cheng) after he drew gate two. Throw in Sure Champ (Olivier Doleuze), Step Faster (Gerald Mosse) and Ambitious Treasure (Alex Lai Hoi-wing).
The middle pin is a Class Three over 1,800m and even though his overall record seems disappointing, Cool Bean (So) is the one as a banker, drawing well with the light weight.
Blinkers go back on Fortune Bravo (Yeung) and he goes in, along with Wayfoong Express (Doleuze), Distill (Brett Prebble) and Ho Ho Life (Tye Angland).
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