When Best Eleven first arrived in Hong Kong, many in Sydney laughed.
After all, the horse t had very modest form over there and many thought it was as useless as Turf Express has been.
However, they did not know trainer Tony Cruz and how he can turn moderate horses into stars in Hong Kong.
Not that Best Eleven is some superstar though it has certainly earned back whatever was paid for its purchase.
Best Eleven has become one of the most consistent horses running in Hong Kong and runs again on Sunday at Shatin.
What’s at stake for the horse?
Well, having notched up six wins this season, it has nothing more to really prove except equaling the record set by Entrapment two years ago which became the first horse in Hong Kong to score seven wins in a season. Last year, Ambitious Dragon equaled this record.
After a hard season and with many fresh horses on the scene, can Best Eleven equal this feat this year- and at this late stage of the season when it might have already peaked?
Six of Best Eleven’s wins were over 1200 metres at Shatin- five of which were on turf- and on Sunday, it will be competing over the same course and distance in the Group 3 Shatin Vase.
Last time out when having his first attempt in Class 1 company, he produced a faster time than Class 1 standard time.
Rich Unicorn produced the fastest time in that race, but on Sunday, it has to concede Best Eleven 12 pounds.
Meanwhile, “Cups King” John Moore has entered three runners in the Sha Tin Vase.
In 2010, he entered three runners and in 2011 he had five runners going around, and with his Dim Sum winning in both years.
Will Moore’s army of entries be successful again this Sunday or will Best Eleven equal the record of seven wins in a season?
One word of caution: It’s been a long, hard season and there are many tired horses going around.
We really doubt Best Eleven can make it a heavenly seven wins though we would love to be proven wrong.