There were more than a few groans of anguish when Irish import High Sky just failed to deliver on his debut in Hong Kong 10 days ago, but trainer Ricky P. F. Yiu has wasted no time in backing him up. High Sky contests a fairly hot feature event in the Indian Recreation Club Cup at Happy Valley tonight where there is only a small field of eight but it is not a race without considerable interest. It is unlikely that High Sky will start favourite and it is not advisable to take short odds about the horse, even though he has undoubted quality and cost connections plenty. On his debut at Sha Tin, High Sky was being hailed the winner at the 200-metre mark when he surged forward under Robbie Fradd looking as if he was definitely going to make his first appearance a triumphant one. But champion jockey Basil Marcus, no mean man in a finish, had other ideas and conjured up a fighting final effort from William's Surpass to prevail by the minimum margin. High Sky went off at 8-1 and there were plenty of takers as his work had been good and his record before export stood up to careful scrutiny. Although he will be at shorter odds tonight in this smaller field, High Sky is being taken on trust. At least two of the factors against him are obvious ones. He is switching to Happy Valley and has never experienced a course like the city track before. There is also the dreaded 'second up' syndrome. In the case of High Sky, this may not be such a major worry. He has been around for some time and was given a most patient preparation for his debut. It might be more a straightforward case of backing up after just 10 days that might blunt him although it is a chance worth taking. The other niggling worry about High Sky was the manner in which William's Surpass actually got to him. Did the Irish import really see it right out to the line or did he fractionally shirk the issue? The jury is definitely out on that one but it is a possibility so there are at least three reasons to ponder on betting this fellow. As against that, however, there can be no doubting the ability of High Sky, who raced in Ireland as Hermitage Bay and was a smart two-year-old. That was obviously demonstrated on his debut and the run itself, in theory, is enough to bring him on slightly. On balance, and if the price is right, it may prove worth siding with High Sky. The likely favourite is Happy Boy, who will be ridden by Marcus for David Hayes and again they are the ones to beat. After an outing on the all-weather and one previous to that over the short sprint, Happy Boy reverts to this longer Class Two sprint and it is definitely more suitable. Hayes is heading remorselessly towards his first Hong Kong title and he really only needs a winner a meeting to keep defending champion Ivan Allan safely at bay. Many people will consider Happy Boy his winner for the night and he has been in good form in the mornings. He has also drawn very favourably in barrier three and Marcus is certain to have him out smartly and travelling well. Douglas Whyte, chasing Marcus for the jockeys' title, may also not be too far away on Perfection who showed a refreshing turn to form when finishing a head second to Chiu Chow Boy, course and distance, at his last start. This one is a specialist at the trip and trainer Allan has kept him to the mark for this event. On his best form Perfection could see the lot of them off. American Way is also a specialist at this trip and track but the edge may just be off him now after a long campaign and a couple of hard runs. Even with excuses, there was little zest to his last effort. Kimber looked very much above average in his griffin year but failed to follow up this season when he was originally handled by Li Lap-sai. Since the break-up of that yard, Kimber has been with Francis K. W. Lui but it is best to keep a watching brief.