It is two years since Holmes Legend landed a race but everything about the gelding’s run on Thursday night at Happy Valley suggests another victory is imminent.
The Chris So Wai-yin-trained seven-year-old has only won twice and they came in consecutive starts in 2014, a golden five weeks for Holmes Legend, when he won off ratings off 64 and 69 at Happy Valley and he has battled since.
But he recently dropped back to Class Four and, off a rating of 54 now after Thursday night’s fifth to Smart Union, he has become particularly well handicapped.
Not only do the figures add up, but Holmes Legend is also in good form, as his latest run showed.
Squeezed up at the start, Holmes Legend dropped back to the rear of the field in the early stages and that was game over as the race played out, with the first three home the first three in running all the way.
There wasn’t a great deal Gerald Mosse could do about that but Holmes Legend did find the line very strongly in the final 400m and confirmed his well-being and fitness. All he needs now is a race that plays out in his favour and a better barrier draw would be a start - he has had gates 12, nine and 10 since he dropped in class.
In the following race, Ten Speed stayed under notice as an imminent improver when stewards inquired into his eighth to Super Sprinter.
This was a race that Zac Purton was handed by the other jockeys, running extremely slow mid-race sectionals and it was impossible for the back runners to get into the finish.
All the more reason to take note of Ten Speed as he pulled three and a half lengths off the leader in the run down the straight.
This horse has had little luck since his drop to Class Four three starts ago and he looks ready to improve very sharply indeed. He is another who could do with a better barrier draw, perhaps a gear change or even a change of rider could be the signal to say that he is going to turn it all around.