Mighty Equus can be followed
It isn't often that a Class Five horse jumps out as a horse to follow, but Wednesday night's runner-up, Mighty Equus, fits that category.
With only nine runs behind him, the Ricky Yiu Poon-fai-trained four-year-old is not your typical cellar dweller and when he clears Class Five it will surprise if he doesn't pay his way by winning up in the next class.
A good style of horse by Mossman, Mighty Equus took a few runs last season at three to find his feet but always showed that he had at least average ability. A succession of wide draws helped mask that ability and saw him drop down to the bottom grade at his seventh run in a race, where outside draws again hampered the gelding but his efforts were solid for second and fifth. Resuming at the Valley, Mighty Equus was again drawn inside only one horse and apprentice Dicky Lui Cheuk-yin took the bull by the horns early to use the horse and get the lead, although Douglas Whyte on the eventual winner, Fresh Air, didn't let him cross to the rail and that was the difference in the end.
These first two streaked away from the rest of the field and ran exceptional times - albeit helped by first use of the Valley circuit since July - and quicker than the Class Four and Class Three races later in the night.
The day or night that Mighty Equus draws a gate, the odds won't be flash but perhaps up in Class Four he'll be a more profitable price.
Also worth following from midweek was the Tony Cruz-trained pair, Bullish Friend and Bullish Boy, out of the last two races.
Bullish Friend disappointed backers first-up after having his chance, but he is unbeaten second-up so watch out for him.
Pleasure Gains was the name most jotted down after the eighth race after he got up to win but, with leaders advantaged, there were a few keen to take on the regular front-runner Bullish Boy. He did a lot of work but kept kicking to be grabbed near the line.