Ives gives some cheer to punters
SHIVERING Taipa punters found it hard going yesterday with only two favourites obliging on the 10-event card - but English ace Tony Ives send them home on a happy note. The flame-haired Yorkshireman's topsy-turvy season hit another upswing when solidly-backed Hi-Secret landed a gamble in the Class Four nightcap, easily accounting for Sofeness in the Class Four, 1,200-metre event. Ives has been in and out of the saddle since last September but has hit a good recent spell and Hi-Secret was yet another good winner prepared by Henry Lee Hon-ming, who makes most use of the former Hongkong-based ace. The good plunge on Hi-Secret never looked like going astray as he was coasting in the run and went on to score by a length-and-three-quarters. But it was only late inthe car Topweight All Smart (7-2) gave Colin Dean a handy victory and they were three-parts of a length clear of Win Win (5-1) at the line. Once again, punters were floored by the performance of the favourite with Jade Terrace (2-1) finishing eighth in the field of 10. The meeting started on a shock note when 15-1 chance Happy Kit won the griffins race with the 2-1 favourite Charming finishing sixth and looking very green. Happy Kit was prepared by former Hongkong trainer Lee Tin-lam and he hacked up by four lengths although second-placed Charcoal Boy (7-2) with Ives aboard will win his race. The turnover was again steady at $20.5 million.