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Domineer's arrogance a sign of things to come

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 12 December, 2013, 9:32pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 12 December, 2013, 9:32pm
 

On a night with some thin fields on Wednesday at Happy Valley, perhaps the best horses to follow were two of the winners, Rocket Let Win and Domineer.

Domineer was dominant this time without too much pressure on the lead and the three-year-old ran good time and sectionals under his top weight, and should have no trouble winning again when he goes into Class Three next time and he has shown he can race well at both Happy Valley and Sha Tin.

It might seem the boat has sailed with Rocket Let Win for anyone who missed his maiden Hong Kong win at 7-1 but now that he has turned the corner, the Tony Cruz-trained four-year-old may be worth sticking with.

As a two-year-old in South Africa, he won three of five including a Group One and, while the worth of that form in terms of Group class is questionable, it should carry him into Class Two.

As is usual with South African horses, Rocket Let Win had quite a lengthy break from racing while he travelled here and has taken a long time to acclimatise but he is on song now and should be judged on current form and not that list of flops that led up to it.

Earlier, China Delight made it three on end and may well go to four in his current form, but an eye-catcher behind him looking for a race was David Hall-trained El Grande, who was in the unusual role of leader from a wide draw and was beaten only two and a half lengths at the finish.

El Grande did some work coming across at the turn out of the straight, and was then able to steady things before Little Rainforest came around the field to head him off.

The pair settled down to fight the race out at the top of straight, only to find the finishers a touch strong but El Grande in particular looks a coming winner.

The trick with him is finding the right race and his record shows El Grande is probably at his best over 1,200m on the all-weather, and there are a couple of opportunities coming up in that scenario in the near future.

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