International Racing News
World Watch – February Week 4
Feb 28 2012
HK Thumbs Up
Just love the way this horse is racing. Has run second, fourth and fifth at his past 3 starts in Group 1 company – the close-up unplaced runs behind superstar Ambitious Dragon and the second was to champion stayer Dunaden in the HK Vase. The runs have been over 2400m (Vase), 1600m (Stewards’ Cup) and 2000m (HK Gold Cup on Sunday). His best trip now appears to be either a fast run 2000m or as far as 2400m. Keep an eye on him.
UK Baby Whizz
Smart 6yo jumper who can pick up a novice hurdle at odds soon. Alan Crowe didn’t turn in one of his more astute rides when the son of Dr Massini sat three-wide for most of the trip just off the leaders. He was always forcing the issue instead of being given a quiet sit on the pace and, after looming up to lead on the swing for home, didn’t have a lot left. Has improved a lot in recent months and loves the 3200m trip.
NZ Lady Kipling
Outstanding mare who has reached a new level this preparation and continued that improvement with a slashing second to emerging champion Veyron in the G1 Hannui Farm Classic (Otaki-Maori) on Saturday. She had won 2 of her previous 3 at a high level, with the other run a very good fourth to Shez Sinsational in the G1 Zabeel Classic at Ellerslie in December. Follow her either side of the Tasman.
SI Fortune Eight
Almost caused a major boilover when he finished strongly for third to April’s Knight in a 2000m Class 5 at Kranji on Friday. That was the 5yo’s best run in a long time and hadn’t finished within 7 lens of the winner at his past 3 starts. No world-beater but well suited in that grade and can improve further if he draws and alley and can get a nice smother early.
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