Some dire midweek racing at a Happy Valley meeting mostly populated by horses which are not going anywhere but we still managed to find a couple for the black book.
The face value form from the third and fourth races looked very untrustworthy indeed, with both running slower time than the Class Five winner All Together and coming home in only a similar sectional split, however, Don’t Miss was hard to miss in the final stages of the fourth event.
The Peter Ho Leung-trained three-year-old has now run OK at his two appearances at the racetrack, getting back and finding the line, and what he has on his side is a lack of exposure.
A son of Wanted, Don’t Miss was adequate on debut behind Robust Momentum in a moderate race at Sha Tin but he looked better behind Powermax, albeit in another average race. He was particularly unsuited by the slow lead tempo and finding it hard to make ground early in the straight when the leaders sprinted.
But he was getting into his work better late and looked to even surprise his rider by just how much dash he showed inside the final 100m.
Both of those runs suggest that Don’t Miss will be better suited by a little further than 1,200m, although that is probably not set in stone until we see him from a better draw.
The betting market hated Big Bang Bong in the Class Three over 1,650m later but the gelding did enough to say his two wins this season won’t be the finish of him yet and he is even a chance in Class Two with a light weight.
He has sat a little further off the speed at his last two runs with a generous tempo and it seems to be suiting him, as he has closed the races off well each time.
On Wednesday, he was slightly held up when he could have been getting into the race 500m from home, while the winner Bullish Smart, was in the lead and unimpeded.
Big Bang Bong found the line well in the final 200m to go down by only a neck.