Kan going the Right Way towards early success
He's eccentric. He's certainly voluble and former champion trainer Brian Kan is most definitely reliable.
His jockeys will tell you that. So will his owners and so will track-watchers because if it is Monday, it must be Kan.
This is the morning that he likes to send out wave after wave of horses.
There's no hanging about and they don't come up the home straight in neat little pairs of two.
Noah would have a nightmare and so do the clockers as four, five or even six hit the sectional markers at different times.
All the same, it was impossible not to see that Kan has his veteran stable star, Right Way, going every bit as well as ever. Yesterday, Right Way handed out an emphatic beating to the lightly raced Australian import Feeling Bright who had, himself, gone well in one of the eight grass trials run down the straight 1,000-metre chute a week ago.
Optic Style joined Kan at the end of last season and he has looked on good terms with himself in the mornings.
He raced consistently well for David Hayes last term and looks to be moving freely.
Kan's Village Bard is one of the most sparely made individuals in training, taking very little work to come to peak condition. Because of his physique he usually shows his best form first time out and his work yesterday indicated that it will be no different when the season opens on at Sha Tin on Sunday.
Village Bard didn't look to have an ounce of fat on him yesterday morning as he worked under Felix Coetzee.
He has also dropped from a rating of 64 in Class Three, from which he ran four-lengths fourth to Vitality on the dirt first time out last season, to one of 51 in Class Four. So he looks to have been given every chance by the handicapping department.
Grand Prize blossomed under Kan's care in the final months of last season and is another to be moving well.
On The Beat, a close season acquisition, has done a stack of work and will lack nothing in fitness when making his debut for the Kan stable.
Euro-Dollar has taken plenty of time to acclimatise since arriving from Ireland but this could well be his season. Yesterday, he appeared to work better than Super Goal and not only was he travelling more easily, he was travelling sweetly.
Kan's unraced griffin Super Goal Star is another to consider. Yesterday, he didn't go quite as well as the useful griffin winner, Cornwall Hero, but he wasn't too far behind, showing more than enough to indicate he should be winning races in the not-too-distant future.
In other work yesterday, David Hayes has Esteemed primed to repeat his first-day success of last season.
Esteemed was actually Hayes' first winner in the territory and he seems to be going better than ever.
Successful Years looks to be on the way back to form for his new trainer Andy Leung.
Yesterday, Successful Years just appeared to shade his work with Red Wine and he has dropped from a rating of 61 in Class Three to one of 44 in Class Four.
Saladin, who moved on Neville Begg's retirement to Geoff Lane's stable, is another to catch fresh and Lane seems to be training him accordingly.
Golden Gamble is going well for Tony P. H. Chan who also has Cheerful in tip-top condition. Cheerful trialled extremely well last Tuesday on the grass and yesterday looked a very happy horse as he breezed up the home straight under Victor C. F. Chan.
Patrick Biancone was there to see some of his team work strongly.
Supernova was too good for Key Import who is taking a while to get fit while Long Run decisively pulled away from Daiquiri.
Biancone's stable jockey Eric Legrix has almost certainly picked up the ride on Tony Cruz's Super Team in the opening day Kwangtung Cup. He rode the English import yesterday in a piece where he was markedly superior to Gints To Win.