Yu grabs Glory at end of the day
A TRAUMATIC day for claimer Alex K. S. Yu ended on an upbeat note when Seven Glory (5-1) scored a surprisingly straightforward victory in the final event on the card.
The market was dominated by hat-trick-hunting Fireball (5-2 favourite) and Supreme Universe (4-1), both handy young gallopers with excellent form behind them.
Conversely, Seven Glory was still a Hong Kong maiden and starting over 1,800 metres for the first time. On the plus side, however, was an excellent last-start second to the highly impressive Sugarloaf.
And the step up to this trip was something that Seven Glory relished as he raced his rivals into the ground with a commanding exhibition of relentless galloping.
Young Yu, who faces a running and riding inquiry into his controversial handling of topweight Super Shine in an earlier race yesterday, did everything right on the New Zealand-bred five-year-old. Stalking the early leaders, he was perfectly positioned to challenge and when Seven Glory surged through in the centre to take it up, the race was over in a few strides.
Race favourite Fireball finished just behind the placed horses, having been handy enough coming to the turn. To an extent he was trapped among horses but did not seem to be able to muster the electrifying turn of foot that characterised his two earlier wins.
Supreme Universe did little but the Tony Cruz-trained Drifting Away (10-1) came home strongly to take third place.
The programme opened with a win for Larry Cassidy, some relief as he faces up to an appeal against a 12-day ban for not taking all permissible measures on Jacko on Arc night.
He was aboard Local Colour (9-2) for retaining trainer Alex Wong Siu-tan and the result was never in doubt.
Cassidy had the ageing galloper moving sweetly up front and he cleared away on straightening to win the Class Four, 1,400-metre event much as he pleased from bottomweight Tea For You (16-1).