Promising pair give Lam hope for future

LAM Hung-fie hasn't had much of a season and there are not too many horses in his yard that he can expect to get a win from during the months ahead.

But he sent a couple to the meeting yesterday that had future winner written all over them.

The veteran trainer ran his Straight Strike private purchase griffin, Good Health, in the 1,200-metre seventh event won by Namjong.

It was patently too short for Good Health who also needed the race having been out of competitive racing for three months or so.

But he was noted running on strongly to the line to claim fourth position and is at the right end of Class Four to make his presence felt.

He will almost certainly need distances around a mile to show his best. That was also the impression he gave when racing in his griffin season last year.

Lam's other promising performance came from Planet who steamed home down the centre of the track to finish third to the 110-1 winner Lucky Pal in the day's final event.

Planet has already won a race in Class Five this season but yesterday's effort confirmed that he is more than good enough to pay his way in Class Four.

He was probably set an impossible task and, in the circumstances did well to finish so close, beaten next to nothing by the very well handicapped Lucky Pal.

The run showed that Planet stays 1,900 metres and will get farther. He is improving all the time and is definitely worth keeping on the right side of in a similar Class Four staying event in the near future.