Back in the field in the final race on Saturday at Sha Tin, Hay Run made his way into our black book after closing off well despite only beating a few home and the Peter Ho Leung-trained five-year-old could be one to follow over further than 1,400m.
A two-time winner as a two-year-old in Australia, Hay Run has had his issues since arriving, with a lung infection in mid-2016 setting him back considerably and he also had a bout of lameness after quite a worthwhile run on the dirt in May.
He finished on into midfield there and now has backed that up with another good run on the very firm turf track on the weekend.
Hay Run sat at the rear of the field on Saturday until the home turn and took time to get the revs up in the straight but he was really finding the line well on the post and his final split was one of the best in the race.
We know he can perform on the turf or the dirt, and he definitely needs more ground.
One of those two-year-old wins in Australia was over 1,600m in a black type race so, as a more mature horse now, he will likely need at least a mile and probably further to show his best. Watch for him when he is stretched out.
Earlier in the day, Jimson The Famous did a good job to run third after being up the front of a strong tempo on the dirt.
The gelding didn’t quite measure up in Class Four and has only just dropped back into Class Five recently, and, after some runs on turf that were unsuitable, trainer Dennis Yip Chor-hong got him back to his preferred surface on the weekend.
He went forward on Saturday and he and Happy Beauty spent plenty of energy competing for the fast lead and, while Happy Beauty dropped out after a tough passage, Jimson The Famous kicked on.
He might prefer to get back to 1,200m where he can be the chaser rather than chased but, whatever the distance, Jimson The Famous looks ready to win again on the all-weather.