Speedy Achiever has caught the eye at his last couple of starts over the straight course at Sha Tin but the step up in distance looks ideal for him in the Hong Kong Jockey Club Community Trophy (1,200m) today.
A two-year-old winner in New Zealand over 1,200m, Speedy Achiever (Matthew Chadwick) has taken a few starts to get his act together here but his last two appearances have left no doubt the Tony Millard-trained youngster is ready to break through.
Two runs ago, Speedy Achiever got to the line nicely for fourth over the straight 1,000m despite being hampered at times through the middle of the race and he backed that up with another good effort behind Bad Boy.
Speedy Achiever looked a touch outpaced over the minimum trip that time, scrubbed along to try to hold a midfield place in running, before he worked his way out towards the centre of the track to make his finish.
Considering the two horses which beat him home were out near the outside rail on the faster section of the course, Speedy Achiever’s run was excellent getting into third.
Stepping up in trip, he should travel better in running this time in what promises to be just a fair pace and, with an inside draw, should be able to hold a place in the first half of the field.
Coming back 13 days after his most recent run suggests Millard is happy with the gelding and he looks the one to beat getting some big chunks of weight off those near the top of the field.
His danger could be Goal For Gold (Kei Chiong Ka-kei), who has been going particularly well since moving to the Andreas Schutz yard but has been hampered by wide draws or getting back in slowly run races.
Key for Chiong today will be how she uses the inside draw to keep the former Irish horse in striking distance in the run as he has been finishing his races off well with circumstances against him.
Topweight Blocker Dee (Zac Purton) will run well from an ideal draw and is still quite unexplored after only five starts here for a win and three seconds and a lifetime record of seven starts for two wins and four seconds if we include his form in Australia.
He obviously hasn’t been without his issues since joining Caspar Fownes, as there has been some spacing of his runs but it’s encouraging to see him having his third run in six weeks today.
The negative for him is having to concede plenty of weight to the two horses which look to be his strongest opposition.