Goldie Flanker was a black booker after his Class Five win three starts ago and has won both appearances since but he stays under notice in the black book despite that.
Often, three wins on end is the time to ditch a horse to follow, but Goldie Flanker was coming off a very low level of a 37 rating when his run started.
He has already performed well enough to expect that he will win races in Class Three and, with another win in front of him even before he escapes Class Four, there is a potential for him to make it five wins before everything comes to a halt.
That is all the more remarkable, given his racing style, as run-on horses generally find it difficult to string victories together just because they need to avoid traffic, but Goldie Flanker’s acceleration sets him apart from the average back-marker.
Behind him on Wednesday night, though, runner-up Star Superior has yet to break through in Hong Kong for his first win and looks worth following for the remainder of the season.
His opportunities may prove to be quite narrow, as there are three Class Four 1,200m sprints left on the all-weather and, from what we’ve seen so far, that looks his optimal assignment.
In Australia, Star Superior posted two juvenile victories, at the Sunshine Coast and Doomben, and both of them were on heavy ground so the indications were there that he might appreciate the all-weather course.
In line with that, Star Superior’s best efforts have been on the dirt but he over-raced when trainer Michael Chang Chun-wai tried him at 1,650m on the surface in April, so the dirt 1,200m looks to be his most suitable option.
On Wednesday night, Star Superior had the bias in his favour pressing forward, but still did a fair bit of work and yet had the race won before Goldie Flanker appeared and time will show that being run over by Goldie Flanker was no disgrace.
Chang’s yard has had a quiet season, still a handful of winners short of the benchmark performance criteria and will be hoping to finish with a flourish.