MY good friend Eddie K. C. Lo can have a welcome change of luck courtesy of Star Greeting in the seventh event at Sha Tin on today's exciting Gold Cup card. I used to love the Gold Cup meeting which features the first clash between the Derby horses and the best older horses in training and one of my most favourite horses anywhere, Our Pal, is sure to give River Verdon plenty to think about in the Gold Cup. But back to another pal and Eddie's Star Greeting who looked very unlucky in running when taking a voluntary promotion to contest a Class Three mile event at the Valley last time. Star Greeting received a bad check between the Rock and the Shell - I'd say he was caught between a rock and a hard place but the pun would be too awful - and he eventually finished down the field behind Feodor and Sun Crest. The form of the race has worked out to be very strong by Class Three standards as Feodor has won again in Class Three and Sun Crest ran a good third in Class Two on Wednesday night behind Jewellery Star and Al Bundy. So this afternoon's Class Four event should be a fair bit easier for Star Greeting whose short head second to Highland Laddie over a mile at Sha Tin on his penultimate start is working out really well indeed. Eddie has struggled for winners this season with only four on the board but he has had no luck at all with some 12 seconds and horses, predictably, beginning to trickle away from him and join other stables. But believe me, he knows how to train and the word is that he has Star Greeting working in tremendous form for this event. The main danger could come from Winning Wave who ran really well when a close second to Bumper Star last time. Like Star Greeting, Winning Wave looks too good to remain in Class Four for too long. Dazzling Union is another who looks too good for Class Four but the big question mark here is how his legs will stand up as he has been off the track for a long time since fracturing a cannon bone at the back-end of last season. The vets have done a tremendous job to patch him up and trainer David Hill has taken Dazzling Union along his normal quiet route back to racing fitness. The vets also did remarkably well with River Verdon going back a good few years now when he ripped the side of his face open and needed emergency surgery from Keith Watkins. This was before the son of Be My Native had even raced and here he is bidding for yet another Gold Cup. He is very hard to oppose but I get the feeling that it could be tougher for him this season than in previous campaigns. After all he isn't getting any younger and has been a tremendous flag-bearer for Hong Kong racing, probably the greatest advert the place could have had over the last four seasons. My old favourite Our Pal was dreadfully unlucky in the Derby when badly hampered. He should benefit considerably for the move up in distance to 2,000 metres as he is now shaping like a stayer. Then it looks a straight choice between Deerfield, Happy Guy and Wonderful World. Wonderful World has yet to show his old sparkle from last season.