So rides luck and saves face

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 02 January, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 02 January, 1997, 12:00am

What a difference a season makes. Apprentice Richard So endured an awful campaign last season which resulted in an embarrassing zero next to his name in the win column But Lawrie Fownes' five-pound claimer is all heart and yesterday he notched his fifth winner of the term when running clean away with the traditional New Year's Day feature event, the Chinese Club Centenary Cup. So scored on the Ricky Yiu-trained Laser Star at the amazing odds of 26-1 considering Laser Star has been one of the most consistent and genuine sprinters in training over the past 12 months. 'I'm particularly pleased as with no wins last season I had no face. I had to change things and am really happy,' said So.

Laser Star was starting for the 12th time in the territory and was winning for the fourth. He has also had four seconds. He had no right to start at 26-1 as he showed when effortlessly cutting out the early running with Wind Chaser and then holding Kenzig by 11/4 lengths. Owner Tse Cheung-lun is a great supporter of racing both here and in Macau and he and Yiu may now race Laser Star over longer than 1,200 metres. 'I will discuss it again with Ricky, who's done such a fantastic job with this horse, but we may try him over 1,400 metres. It all depends if Ricky thinks he can settle,' said Tse. Wind Chaser, an Australian import for the Ivan Allan stable, ran well and shouldn't be too long in winning.