Another bonanza for Way Ahead
By ROBIN PARKE
EXCITING Way Ahead (8-1) took his career earnings to over $2 million with his sixth win from 12 starts when again making all in a tough Classes One and Two event at Happy Valley yesterday.
Trainer Geoff Lane had every reason to look pleased with the latest effort of the four-year-old who must rank as one of the best stable transfers in some time.
The Australian took over the training when Kenny Kam was de-licensed and Way Ahead has simply gone from strength to strength.
But a lot of credit must go to English ace Darryll Holland who rides the horse to absolute perfection. Way Ahead does his work from in front and that is never an easy task for horse or rider.
Holland seems to have the key and has enough in reserve to keep Way Ahead firing along in the closing stages. The gelding never wins by wide margins but he put a few good ones into the ground behind him over his past few starts.
This was a real test for the Australian private purchase griffin and he passed it in exemplary fashion, suggesting that he is now more than eligible to take his place with virtually the best.
Consistent Champman River (15-1), again overlooked despite his excellent recent form, finished second, having thrown down a determined - but rebuffed - challenge in the straight.
There was a much better run from the grey Danish Heights (8-1) to finish third while his well-touted stablemate Perfect Swing (6-1) struck trouble in the run and did very well to finish fourth under claimer Simon H.K. Yim.
The 5-1 favourite Pasha, whose best efforts have been at Sha Tin, failed to flatter when finishing eighth and Able Monarch (6-1) did not raise the cheers of his supporters.
The featured Po Leung Kuk Centenary Cup went to Assegai (8-1) who failed to oblige at the same venue in the final event last Saturday.
But the added distance was clearly in his favour and Assegai, under replacement rider Eric Legrix for absent Mick Kinane, won very readily for the Frenchman.
The 2,200 metres of the Cup took its toll on some of them but nothing was going better than the winner who was untroubled to hold off favourite Drifting Away (5-2) in the closing stages.
Valiant Red (15-1), better known on equitrack, finished third.
All Good (10-1) put in a creditable effort for fourth and can be expected to improve.
Champion trainer John Moore has been relatively quiet over the past three weeks but produced All Smiles (4-1) to take the sixth event from 3-1 favourite Gold Talent.