Trainer Tony Millard may be looking for vindication...


Trainer Tony Millard may be looking for vindication with Jolly Victor in the Diamond Hill Handicap (1,800m) at Happy Valley on Wednesday night but the race offers more than that for the talented four-year-old.

Jolly Victor (Richard Fourie) missed inclusion in the Derby by one place and then Millard and the gelding's owners had the disappointment of seeing Mizani scratched on race day. But that's history and Jolly Victor still has a career ahead of him and this Class Two gives him the chance to advance it one more step.

He has laid down a good foundation, with just one unplaced run from his first seven starts and the Zabeel breed generally get better as they mature.

Millard put blinkers on Jolly Victor at his last run and the gelding stepped up to win over this course, running on strongly even with a very modest pace against him.

This race promises more of the same for Jolly Victor, with Enabling (Ben So Tik-hung), Familists, Racing Hero and Perfect Cheers all capable of going forward but none of them a dedicated leader.

So the promise of the race tempo is that things will steady up once the forward-running horses find a suitable position and Fourie's job will be to find somewhere to tuck him in with cover so Jolly Victor can unleash his finish. (