Winning Wong succeeds again
Alex Wong Siu-tan cranked his winner-finding machine into action yet again at Sha Tin yesterday when sending out Admirals Run for a comfortable success in the opening Class Five event. This season, Wong has had a remarkable record with horses starting for the first time for him, and Admirals Run, who had admittedly dropped to a very competitive handicap mark, bounded away to score by 11/4 lengths from Applause For Me.
There was a further three-quarters of a length back to a revitalised Scotch Dancer in third and this one looked a bit unlucky not to at least have run the quinella. Admirals Run's win for Wong followed the recent improvement he has conjured from such other recent stable changes as Another Patrol, Fairview Star and Jacko, as well as Concert Boss, who ran a much improved third in yesterday's eighth event. The battle for the important honour of this season's top local trainer is now developing into a four-man race between Wong Tang-ping, who heads the local standings on 22 winners, Wong whose win with Admirals Run took him to 21 for the season, Tony P. H. Chan who is on the 20 mark and Ricky Yiu who is now up to 19 winners courtesy of Tollway's victory yesterday.
'It has been a great season but I have my doubts if I can finish as the top local handler,' a modest Wong Siu-tan said. 'I just have a nagging doubt as to whether I have the strength in depth but over the next couple of seasons it could be a different story. 'I should have a full stable and I'm really excited about things, particularly the season after next, when the quality young horses I've been buying should have acclimatised and be near their peak.'