Massive Power has done enough in two starts to think that he has his hoof on the till and he is one of two runners from the fifth race on Wednesday night to make the black bookers.

A griffin from the international sale, the son of Pins was slowly away on debut and still ran a decent race behind Sea Warrior at Sha Tin almost two months ago.

Trainer Peter Ho Leung gave him plenty of time to get through that experience and the four-year-old showed some benefit from the debut run when he was much better to begin this time. He still raced off the speed, sitting in midfield on the rail, which was probably a good place to be with the pace on up front.

But he got to the line very soundly in the straight, still looking a little new to it all but certainly applied himself when he found the finish.

By Pins out of an O'Reilly mare, Massive Power has the sort of bloodlines that have been very successful in this part of the world and they indicate he is going to appreciate something longer than 1,200m, but he still might be able to pinch a race even before he steps up in distance.

Further back in the finish, Animation Master was badly checked in the final stages when making good ground,so his eighth place isn't really any indication of where he might have finished.

Animation Master's improved efforts in recent starts have been noted, with decent runs at all four runs this season and like so many northern hemisphere gallopers he seems to be coping with his job better this second preparation.

He hasn't been down in Class Four too long either, where he should be ready to win a race next time for Chris So Wai-yin. Although he was flattered in his finish by the strong pace it's worth taking note that, in Ireland, he was an easy winner of a mile maiden so his recent distances of 1,200m and 1,000m haven't really been his cup of tea.

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