AUSTRALIAN sprinter Mr Snip could provide some of the last-minute Christmas cash needed to fill the stockings at Happy Valley's special grass meeting tonight. To the consternation of many licensed personnel and others, this meeting was slotted in following the abandonment of a Sha Tin evening meeting earlier this season because of Typhoon Dot. A number of holiday plans were severely interfered with but the end result has been quite an attractive pre-Christmas programme on the eve of the winter solstice and there should be bumper business at the city track. Mr Snip was at big odds when running a solid race over 975 metres at his seasonal debut behind fluent winner Compradore recently. He came from a fair way off the pace to be a closing fifth at the line and it was a noteworthy effort in good company. The Wong Tang-ping galloper is going to be ideally suited by the step up in distance to 1,235 metres and he is also well drawn in barrier two. Trainer Wong has booked classy claimer Francis K. S. Lam for his four-year-old with Danny Lee, who rode the horse last time, engaged for regular ride, Garlic Lad. Mr Snip is officially a Class One horse although that does look a stiff assessment and he is now competing in this combined handicap. With seven pounds off his back he looks very attractively placed and should get the run of the race from his draw. Garlic Lad has speed to burn but is badly drawn in the extreme outside of the 10-runner field and will have to work hard in the early and middle stages. There may not be much left in the tank when the going gets tough close to home. Jacko, who won quite readily over this trip early last season, looks very dangerously placed at the bottom of the weights here and the engagement of Walter Swinburn certainly won't hurt his chances. He ran a rather one-paced sixth behind Classabove over this trip earlier in the season but looks sharper now. He led up for a long way over 1,650 metres here before weakening out of it and was not too far away in a tough handicap at Sha Tin on International Races Day when ridden by Gerald Mosse. Light-Hearted, subject of an inquiry after his first run here over the minimum trip on December 4, should have derived benefit from that outing and looks to be an outside chance.