Sleep Education is part of the band of South African horses raced by David Hui Cheung-wing and his effort on Wednesday night behind Arm Runda suggests he isn’t far off producing a dividend.
Hui has won races with the likes of Travel Comforts, Secret Command and Golden Sleep, and Sleep Education’s seventh midweek had the look of a horse who is just hitting his straps.
Although unplaced at five local starts, Sleep Education has not run a bad race and his two efforts before Wednesday saw him caught wide at Sha Tin. Behind Arm Runda, he got back out of his ground early then found the line strongly and when we look at his South African form, that was to be expected.
His best three-year-old performance there was over 1,600m in Group Three company and one of his wins was also at a mile, so he is worth staying with when David Ferraris steps him up in distance and that is probably going to be soon.
After 1445 days out of the winners' circle and 35 winless starts since January 2014, Winfull Patrol takes the opener at Happy Valley under @ODoleuze #HKRacing #HappyWednesdayHK pic.twitter.com/0CFS2IK0Aa— HKJC Racing (@HKJC_Racing) December 20, 2017
From the opening race, Fair Comment is not going to make a big name for himself in racing but his performance on Wednesday at least suggested he is getting closer to his first win.
With nine starts now and no prizemoney, Fair Comment does not immediately draw the eye to his formline but this was just his second run in Class Five.
A son of former glamour middle-distance horse So You Think, Fair Comment should have found the 1,000m of this race too short and he did, being hard ridden to stay in touch with the field most of the way.
But the four-year-old did get hold of the bit soon after straightening for home and started to find the line, making his way into the top five final 400m sectional sprints of the night.
Glory Horsie was better in the same race but he is a specialist sprinter, while Fair Comment is certainly needing further than the minimum trip and was first-up for the season. His best run last season came over the Happy Valley 1,650m, so he should be able to make an impact in the cellar grade at the extended mile.