Gints can glitter
GINTS TO WIN can finally break through this season in the fourth event at Sha Tin this afternoon.
The key to the Gary Ng Ting-keung-trained four-year-old is the return to Sha Tin as he has not looked at all at ease when racing round the tight Happy Valley bends. He could have done with competing on the shorter straight of the 'A' course which lends itself to a horse with his tremendous natural speed.
But he does have an excellent barrier draw and should have the run of the race to the first bend which comes up very quickly in these 1,200-metre sprints on the 'B' track which is in operation today.
No one is better at getting them out of the boxes and running than defending champion jockey Basil Marcus who should have Gints To Win leading from stall three. He can then coast round the bend - at least that is the plan - before kicking again as they turn into the home straight. Gints To Win has been kept relatively fresh by Gary Ng so he should be raring to go. A recent barrier trial should ensure that he also has the right amount of fitness to blend in with his freshness. He was not asked to do too much in the trial, so it will not have taken the sprinting zip out of the selection.
Gints To Win comes into the race with very sound form to his name. He did not handle the Valley bends at all when staying on to be 11/4 lengths second to the improving Classabove last time out and prior to that was caught in the final stride by Eastern Saga down the straight 1,000 metres. Patrick Biancone's Goldchin