JOINT Account looms large as a winner for the newfounded John Moore-Tony Cruz axis in the third event at Sha Tin this afternoon. Cruz steps into the void created by Moore's controversial sacking of his capable stable jockey Brian York. York rides Magnum Thirtythree in this event for Moore and will ride on the equitrack next Wednesday night before returning to Brisbane, Australia. It is very hard to fancy his mount who raced as if something was amiss on two starts this season and has had a couple of months break. In contrast, Joint Account should take plenty of beating. Indeed, he is the ideal type for this Class Four contest as he is young, improving, lightly raced and on the way to bigger and better things. Last time out he was desperately unlucky not to beat Successful Years, rather than running three-quarters of a length second and on that basis can almost be treated as a winner without a penalty. Joint Account has been raised three pounds by the handicappers for that third placing, but had he won - and granted normal luck in running he would have prevailed - he would be racing from a mark four or five pounds higher. On that basis, he comes into this as reasonably treated and given he has only run three times in his life, it is fair to assume that he has scope for further improvement. That assumption is borne out by his trackwork which has been of a most pleasing nature since his third to Successful Years. Joint Account appeared to find the 1,200 metres a bit on the short side that day, getting somewhat lost in the early stages. But he came into the race powerfully in the straight and it was only serious checks which stopped him from winning. The way he rallied from those pieces of interference and hit the line very strongly, suggests that today's trip of 1,400 metres should suit him that much better. The big danger in the race is Ivan Allan's Strawberry Ridge, of that there can be no doubt. He did really well for a young horse striking equitrack for the first time when making all to beat Mr Bunny by 11/4 lengths over 1,400 metres. He was favoured by an inside draw and being able to make all the running and he has gone up nine pounds in the ratings as a result of that win. But Mr Bunny has franked the form by running second twice since and Strawberry Ridge showed a tenacious attitude in victory. He was prepared to fight for the lead and then battle all the way to the line. It was the kind of racing spirit which will hold him in good stead and like Joint Account he is one of those lightly raced types, open to considerable improvement. He is a must for the quinella in a race where a main win bet on Joint Account plus a strong, single quinella with Joint Account and Strawberry Ridge may be the best approach. Go Go may be the main hope for the tierce position, followed by Souper, who rather disappointed last time, and Shining Winner, who will be much better suited by today's 1,400 metres, but will probably need a mile in time. The Class Six opening event throws up a decent betting opportunity in the topweight, Green World. Today's racing takes place around the new bend which means the short straight is in operation. Green World, with exciting seven-pound claimer Peter Ho reducing his weight to a manageable 132 pounds, should make a bold attempt to lead all the way. He has already managed to do that and spread-eagle his field in a Class Six event over the long straight before running a highly creditable fourth in a much more difficult Class Five event. Today's 1,400-metre trip is Green World's favourite trip and there do not appear to be too many dangers. Again a win bet and a purposeful, single quinella may be the best betting approach. This time the main quinella danger is the Tony Cruz-ridden Good Health who went close to winning at Happy Valley last time and is now blinkered for the second time. Often a gear change revitalises a horse in Hong Kong and Good Health remains well handicapped on a number of runs from last season. Noble Regent and Malayan Bright may be the main hopes for the tierce position followed by Pocket Full. Polar Star is hard to oppose in the sixth event, now that he is stepped up in distance and now that Gerald Mosse replaces the stable apprentice.