Yim glories in Sha Tin double
By LAWRENCE WADEY
DUAL champion apprentice elect Simon Yim is ending the season in a blaze of glory having last night moved to 25 winners for the campaign following a Sha Tin double.
Yim gave battling local trainer Peter Tse a welcome winner when scoring on the stable's 27-1 chance Big Saloon in the second event and then immediately went out and snatched victory from the jaws of defeat on the 9-1 chance, Goldchin Champ, for his retaining trainer, Patrick Biancone. Goldchin Champ, benefiting from the voluntary demotion into Class Five, scored by no more than the width of his nostril from the Gary Ng Ting-keung-trained Horse-Laugh who was bidding to give Eddie Lai his first winner back since a mid-season suspension.
Last night was surely Biancone's last chance of championship glory. The win from Goldchin Champ raised his hopes as he looked to have another potential winner in Deauville in the Queen Mother's Cup while Benji looks banker material on next Sunday's final meeting of the season.
But the championship leader, Ivan Allan, immediately struck back when the progressive Active Way ran out a strong winner of the fourth event to preserve Allan's lead of five with just two meetings left.