Ever is still a real joy for punters

EVER Joy looked a horse with a very bright future when coming home far too strongly for his rivals in last night's second event at Sha Tin.

The John Moore-trained three-year-old was highly regarded when under Billy Mitchell's care in Sydney, comfortably winning the last of his three starts before export.

Ever Joy duly justified that home reputation when quickening up well under Johnny Marshall to score by 13/4 of a length from Lucky Money who got up to knock Winning Chance out of the quinella spot.

This was Ever Joy's third start in the territory. He was trapped wide on his debut and then boiled over before the jump when well beaten behind Easy Fit and Auto-Matching over 1,400 metres.

But he was much more settled last night and was always travelling smoothly on the rails before Marshall switched him for his race-winning challenge from 250 metres out.

Pasha, the 5-2 favourite, was the disappointment of the race but he is probably worth another chance.

Gran Senorum blew the start before running home with much promise for fourth.