None Such as Campesino for the big one
SATURDAY's 1200-metre None Such Sprint is a tough one on paper with three of the seven runners being strong winners last time out, joined by Horse of the Year SEEKING MY DREAM making his second start in five months.
SEEKING MY DREAM's class took him into second place behind CAMPESINO at 1000 metres straight on July 29, his first race just shy of four months after finishing third in the 1200-metre Lady Geeta Trophy on April 1.
The back-to-back Diamond Mile champion has been a shadow of himself at exercise since attempting to beat sprinters with topweight and is hard to back with joint topweight 57.0 kilos despite his immense class.
Unless he makes a dramatic turnaround in form and wins at least two grade one races in the next two months, SEEKING MY DREAM will be in his stall when the Diamond Mile is being contested in December.
CAMPESINO, who shares topweight with SEEKING MY DREAM, has the handicaps in his favour against HOUDINI'S MAGIC, a six-pound swing in a race with real pace.
The trio of TALENTED TONY K, SIR BUDGET and CHACE THE GREAT are bound to nullify HOUDINI'S MAGIC new-found speed, especially with him breaking from post-position one.
Habit of drifting
CHACE THE GREAT is the real fly in the ointment at 49.5 kilos with claiming apprentice Anthony Thomas. Since fitted with a one-cup blinker in May, trainer Dwight Chen has somewhat remedied CHACE THE GREAT's habit of drifting badly in the straight.
However, with TALENTED TONY K and possibly SIR BUDGET as accompanying speed, certainly to the top of the lane, the first half-mile, two furlongs thereafter could be the undoing of CHACE THE GREAT, despite his featherweight.
With three speedsters expected on the lead, two of whom are highly suspect, CAMPESINO should be in seventh heaven stalking the pace. A powerful run-on sprinter, even at seven years of age, he should be closing too fast for rivals over the last half-furlong of an ideal trip.