Wednesday night was less about horses to follow and more about horses to forgive when they next appear but the John Moore-trained Granite Belt did enough to think he could win one before this season is done and dusted.
While the Happy Valley racecourse impressively coped with the heavy rain, that left us with a track on which making up ground was no easy task.
Even in the Class Three won by Magnetism, where the run home sectional was very slow, the first two home came straight off the back of the leaders, Super Sprinter and Spicy Sure, who had set too fast a tempo.
To put the race in context, the fastest finisher was third-placed Apache Spirit, whose final 400m split ranked as only the 38th best of the 90 runners who completed the course of their races. So, not exactly a sizzling run home time, and the final split of Granite Belt was ranked another 36 places lower.
However, it was an improvement on his first attempt over 1,200m at Happy Valley and, after only two starts, he looks open to improvement and you cannot say that for too many runners on the night.
Whether Granite Belt is ready to break through next time off still a relatively low-rating effort remains to be seen, but another forward step would set him up to become a factor thereafter and Moore might just be able to get him up to speed before the summer closes things down.
He had just handy form in Sydney, with three provincial wins from six starts, but it looks good enough to win in Class Three as a “fresh legs” runner at the end of a long season for many of his rivals.
Also worth keeping tabs on from the race was Super Sprinter, despite his fourth placing.
Apprentice Jack Wong Ho-nam was, unsurprisingly, keen to hold the rail and the lead ahead of favourite Spicy Sure and that two-horse race in front brought them both undone but Super Sprinter did manage to beat the better-fancied top weight home and looks ready to win again with a softer trip.