Ping discovers key to Flowers Treasure
There's simply no stopping talented local trainer Wong Tang-ping who yesterday took his winning run into Sha Tin's barrier trial session. Ping sent out Flowers Treasure to win the last - and by far the best - of three 1,150-metre heats on the dirt under his hard working former apprentice Vickie Choi. Choi is sidelined due to a nine-meeting suspension for failing to take all reasonable and permissible measures to ensure that Super Fellow, trained by Stephen Leung, obtained the best possible placing in one of the early Sha Tin meetings. But he has been riding plenty of work in the interim and has the kind of relationship with Ping that Simon Yim enjoys with Patrick Biancone. To their credit, both mentors have a kind of paternal interest in their former apprentices and put them up whenever they can. In turn, Choi and Yim give Ping and Patrick first refusal on their services and it all works very well. They also ride a stack of good work for the trainers and that is an enormous help.
Yesterday, Choi let Flowers Treasure slide to the front soon after they had jumped and he stayed on well, looking on good terms with himself, to score by half a length from stablemate Cop The Cash who was ridden by demon Douglas Whtye. Flowers Treasure was Ping's Derby hope of a couple of seasons back and last year his campaign was interrupted by breathing problems. But now he appears to be back and doing everything that is being asked of him. He is a big, imposing type so it is possible that he will need his reappearance effort but all the same, the trackwork signs are most encouraging. It probably isn't worth paying too much attention to Cop The Cash's effort as he's been working well and racing poorly for some time now.
The Tony P. H. Chan-trained Dragon's Pal ran a good third, having led early on, and he appears to be being set for an upcoming dirt sprint. The David Hayes' pair, Good Fortune and Take Charge, went well enough in fourth and fifth, though Good Fortune is still getting a bit worked up in the mornings and must relax more if he is to fulfil his potential. There isn't too much to Take Charge and Hayes has him looking pretty fit. He should be ready to run up to his form in his early outings. Ping's lightly raced Right On took the opening trial under Yim by 21/2 lengths from the low-grade sprinter, Malayan Treasure, but in a slow time.
Right On clocked one minute and 11.7 seconds which was fully 1.9 seconds slower than Flowers Treasure or over 10 lengths. Palace Glory, who has hardly grown since his griffin days, took the second heat for Hayes and Damien Oliver. Again the time was only ordinary, just 0.1 seconds faster than Right On's. SHA TIN TRIALS First trial _ 1,150 metres: 1, RIGHT ON (H. K. Yim); 2, Malayan Treasure (W. M. Lai); 3, The Greatest (L. Cassidy). Others (in finishing order): Alaweo, I'm A Ripper, Good Dividend, Noble Stallion, Rare View, Joyful Delight, Kinling Superstar. Time: 1.11.7 (25.7). Distances: 21/2 lengths, neck. Winner trained by Wong Tang-ping.
Second trial _ 1,150 metres: 1, PALACE GLORY (D. Oliver); 2, Hong Kong Warrior (D. Whyte); 3, Ace Of Win (H. K. Yim). Others: Winning Sammy, Corvetina, Viva St Paul's, Ace Of Hearts, Lucky Century, Daring Hawk, Super Happy. Time: 1.11.6 (25.4). Distances: 1 lengths, 2 lengths. Winner trained by David Hayes.
Third trial _ 1,150 metres: 1, FLOWERS TREASURE (C. W. Choi); 2, Cop The Cash (D. Whyte); 3, Dragon's Pal (E. Saint-Martin). Others: Good Fortune, Take Charge, Winning Blossom, Al Bundy, The Incomparable, Sailing. Time: 1.09.8 (24.6). Distances: 1/2 length, 21/2 lengths. Winner trained by Wong Tang-ping.