Trainer Chris So Wai-yin’s team is in great form already and Sight Seeing stamped himself as another coming winner for the yard when he narrowly went under at Happy Valley on a low-key Wednesday night card.
The fast class race of the night was the Class Two and Sichuan Dar bounced back to winning form there but the black-bookers come from the other end of the scale both in race number and standard.
Sight Seeing has not won since November last year but his rating has drifted down into the 40s again and he is a winning prospect in that zone.
He finished last campaign in fair form but perhaps signalled he has come back from the break going a little better after the freshen up, looking very unlucky not to finish closer behind Household King first-up.
Sight Seeing went on with it at Happy Valley when he had a clearer path in the straight, running Good Companion to a nose and he would have won in one more stride.
This was by no means a strong race but that seems to be the midweek fare right now so he can go one better if So can get him back to the races quickly before any flashy new unraced horses start to turn up in Class Four. That looks the plan, with the gelding entered for Wednesday again next week at the Valley.
The other one to follow from the meeting looks a more robust proposition in the Dennis Yip Chor-hong-trained Starlight from the opening race.
This was a considerably better division of the Class Four 1,200m, and Starlight carried on his good work from late last season and first-up this preparation when he won very comfortably for Matthew Poon Ming-fai. He had the benefit of Poon’s claim and was never going to lose but probably would have won carrying the full 133 pounds of his allotted handicap anyway.
Starlight goes to Class Three now and is certainly in the form to make his impact felt there with a drop to a much lighter weight. The same goes for Class Three right now – they aren’t overflowing with future stars at this stage of the season so Starlight can graduate successfully.