At each Hong Kong meeting our man on the ground gives us three races containing horses that have caught the eye at trackwork.
Cheerful Star (B326), Race 4.
Frankie Lor’s French-bred import has improved further since last run and looked solid in his four gallops in China. He keeps getting better in fitness, appearance and work and there are good signs that step up in distance is what he has been waiting in this class four 2,200m. This five-year-old is finally ready to breakthrough in Hong Kong.
Regency Poet (D010), Race 5.
Has been working like a winner and is the one they will all have to beat, judging by the way he has been presenting himself and moving in the mornings. This new Zealand-bred four-year-old by the late Group One miler Poet’s Voice looked fluent in action and professional when striding out in 15 gallops, including when matching up six times with his stablemates, beating them easily in a few. He travelled nicely in all four trials, including at this course. Confidence high with this one.
Cot Campbell (C298), Race 8.
Continues to thrive from four neat gallops on his own and a winning competitive gallop over Khaki after giving him a three-length sit. He quickened nicely when riding boy asked for an effort just after final 200m on November 14. He has been crying out for more ground and he gets it now. He will be a good bet in race 8 over 1800m.