IN WHAT should prove a highly competitive and informative racecard at Sha Tin this morning, it could pay to follow the fortunes of trainer Tony Millard.
The South African former champion trainer, who will always be associated with legendary HK champion Ambitious Dragon, has started the season well, with three winners and eight places from just 25 runners.
This is the time of the season to follow Millard. Last October for example, the trainer saddled nine winners, which was just under a quarter of the wins (34) he sent out for the whole of the season.
The 57-year-old is represented by seven horses at Sha Tin today and will surely be disappointed if he doesn’t hit the bullseye in a couple of events.
His main hope EZRA will never get a better chance to score his first success, when he takes part in the Nanning Handicap (8.05am) over seven furlongs.
This lightly-raced four-year-old looked weak last season, but still displayed plenty of ability and ended the season with a narrow defeat by High Rev.
That looks solid form as the winner has won again since under a penalty.
From a positive low draw, he is mapped for an ideal journey and can get his head in front for the first time.
Millard can also be on the mark with talented and progressive SUPER STAR in the 10.20am over seven furlongs.
This looks an ultra-competitive handicap, with the likes of last-start winners Cool Team and Invincible Missile in opposition.
However, Super Star still looks in front of the handicapper and with the eye-catching booking of Joao Moreira aboard, can make his strong late finish count in the closing stages.
Ezra 8.05am Sha Tin
Super Star 10.20am Sha Tin