Nobody would have thought about this time last season that Fine With Me would still be a maiden 12 months on, but the Francis Lui Kin-wai-trained three-year-old should get his career back on track in the 18Districts Cup (1,400m) at Sha Tintoday.
Fine With Me (Keith Yeung Ming-lun) looked to have his share of ability as a two-year-old in a brief career where his best result was a third to People’s Knight and Classic Emperor but he looked a horse who would only benefit from time.
He has had that time now but a splint fracture in November probably wasn’t part of the script, taking the son of Starcraft out of action for seven months of the season after only two nice runs early in the term and that has kept him down to just a six-start career to date.
The time off probably hasn’t done him any harm though and Fine With Me was hard to miss running on well for third to Regency Darling over 1,200m last month on his return to the races.
The improvement he takes from that should see him back at his best but still on the fresh side for today’s feature, which offers him a great chance to win his maiden and start his climb up the ratings.
Taking a line through the opposition when he was a griffin – People’s Knight is now rated 76 and Classic Emperor is on 64 – Fine With Me certainly looks well placed coming into this Class Four off just a 48 mark.
And the style of the race looks to suit him as well.
Horses like Prompt Express, Real Supreme and Super Man have all been leading and there is speed besides them as well, so it looks a race where Yeung can be patient on Fine With Me, settle him somewhere in midfield and then let the gelding’s natural talent and a light weight do their job in the final 100m.
The promoted lightweight Fast And Furious (Karis Teetan) looks a big improver here with better speed on than in his last two runs.
After his Class Five win in March, coming from the rear, he had a significant break before he struck two very slowly run races where it was impossible to get into the race from the back.
That shouldn’t be a problem today and he has a much better gate draw to help him as well.
Others with good claims in the race include Care Free Prince (Jack Wong Ho-nam) and Funny Buddies (Zac Purton), who should be fitter for his latest appearance behind Tianhuang, his first start since February.