How much More Than This do you need to see?
More Than This has not exactly flown under the radar as he has been discussed enthusiastically as a front line Classic Mile contender since his first-up win this season, but Sunday's victory at Sha Tin cranked up that enthusiasm.
The Francis Lui-trained gelding is now unbeaten in 7 starts without blinkers, overseas and in HK, with his only 3 defeats coming when the headgear was fitted at the start of his local career. That is impressive and he kept the streak going under some difficulties on Sunday after being posted wide for a chunk of the race but he still produced a big finish to win the 1600m C2 which has previously been a meaningful event on the way to Derby glory.
Lui is now in an unfamiliar place, with the top 2 Derby hopefuls on our list - and the only 2 so far this season who have posted the right sort of mid-90s rating required - under the care of the affable trainer. Golden Sixty still narrowly holds top billing over More Than This but has still to go 1600m and even Lui hinted that More Than This is going to be the stronger horse as the distances increase.
The HK debuts of Amazing Beats (ex Cossetot) and Super Oasis (ex Surely Sacred) were sound in the same race, especially Super Oasis, who raced up on the back of a red hot speed and looked a winning chance at the 200m before the early effort told.
They both rated just outside our cut off point for this week's 4yo list but both have scope for much better and should make their way up the ladder in the coming weeks.
We keep updating as the season progresses (and have made the executive decision to drop dirt ratings out of the list!).