Jockey Sam Clipperton has put in a fantastic debut season in Hong Kong and it would be fitting if Booming Delight gives him a final day feature in the Sha Tin Mile Trophy (1,600m) on Sunday.
Joao Moreira and Zac Purton are in different time zones on the championship ladder, from each other and in turn from Neil Callan, who looks to have third place all sewn up.
Clipperton, with 40 wins, is locked in a battle for fourth with Douglas Whyte and Karis Teetan, which probably doesn’t mean a lot to anyone other than the young Australian rider, who would no doubt take some pride in snaring that finish position at the first time of asking here.
And Booming Delight has been his headline horse all season, the four-year-old which has helped put him on the map with four wins and three seconds from the seven times they’ve partnered up, including a Group Three win last start over the same track and distance.
The only blemish on Booming Delight’s season was an eighth in the Derby on rain-affected ground that reportedly didn’t suit him, but he has otherwise been a model of consistency and he should get the right sort of tempo to ensure he produces his best.
Tony Cruz provides four of the eight runners and most of the speed, with Happy Valley 1,800m course record breaker Time Warp (Alvin Ng Ka-chun) again looking to run his rivals ragged as he has done at the city course at his latest two appearances.
The kind of tempo he is likely to set will ensure every horse gets its chance and that is crucial for Booming Delight, as his awkward outside draw might otherwise have been an issue as he will be standing his main rival a start.
The one forward runner not from the Cruz yard is the John Size-trained Beat The Clock (Moreira), who can probably be versatile with his tactics but is generally handy to the lead in his races.
Beat The Clock goes up to 1,600m for the first time and Time Warp’s presence will ensure that the three-year-old gets a proper stamina test over it, while Booming Delight is already a winner up to 2,000m.
Size’s runner looks the most likely first challenger to Time Warp after they straighten for home but, even as Beat The Clock gets past the leader at the 200m, Booming Delight will be chiming in strongly.
And if Time Warp has done his job and softened the younger horse up, Booming Delight could prove too good over the final stages in what looks a great race in two.