Trainer David Hall has been able to give Super Turbo a freshen up after his last Happy Valley win and it should pay dividends tonight there in the Mars Handicap, 1,200m.
Super Turbo (Joao Moreira) arrived in the final stride to score over subsequent easy winner Wonderful Journey on November 23 when the gelding was a reserve promoted into the Class Three field.
Hall did have Super Turbo engaged at Sha Tin the following Sunday over 1,400m and would no doubt have considered taking up that assignment until the horse showed himself to be flat from his exertions and was a scratching for a lack of appetite.
And that was perhaps a blessing, because the Irish-bred three-year-old has now had 29 days between his races and does look to do his best on the fresh side.
Not that he has been convicted backing up – his only test on a back-up was probably his worst run when sixth two starts ago at the Valley but it wasn’t bad or totally definitive and he should have finished a touch closer.
But he has shown good form when on the fresh side and comes to tonight’s event that way, with a trial to keep him ticking and with the promise of a decent pace that will suit his get-back style, with Molly’s Jade Star, Dragon General, Team Fortune and Charity Joy all having good speed.
Super Turbo has been deceptively good in six runs to date, even when considered to have little chance as a 200-1 pop at his debut last season, when beaten only half a length.
So, the ascent to Class Two now probably shouldn’t hold any fears as that looks his grade but he gets in with no weight coming from Class Three.
For a danger, look no further than the in-form Verbinsky (Neil Callan), who has won two of his last three at the Valley 1,200m and will appreciate having a nice speed to chase as well.