Old firm together for Sha Tin trial victory
THE old firm of Tony Cruz and Wong Tang-ping were back among the winners at frost-bitten Sha Tin yesterday morning. As the grass track lay blanketed under a crisp covering of frost, the former multiple champion jockey and his old mate were taking the second of two equitrack trials with the promising Star Of Marble. Stalwarts of morning work could not remember seeing frost at the track since it opened in the late seventies. But then they hadn't seen summer Snow in Yorkshire until the legendary English fast bowler John Snow blitzed them and then retired to the local pub run by racing guru Alan Ames who originally hailed from the Sussex village of Robertsbrid Lane's Shining Star kept on well behind Star Of Marble to finish fourth as did stablemate Vital Point who was noted making significant late headway from the rear over the closing stages. Vital Point has been running consistently well in Class Three and is another to keep on the right side of. Peter Ng Bik-kuen's horses have been flying this season but his Orchestra, a highly impressive winner first time out this season, put in a disappointing effort behind Star Of Marble. He would be hard to back on this trial performance. The first trial was a decidedly modest affair with David Oughton's pair of Whirlwind and Thor Win running the quinella from John Moore's Send A Signal who ran home well from the back of this field. If bets had been restricted over the last couple of seasons to horses running on their first or second start for their new trainer after a stable change, a substantial profit would have accrued. No one really understands why this system works but the fact remains that it does.
It has consistently prove