Speed Win lives up to promise
Trainer Ricky P. F. Yiu has been one of the recent success stories of Hong Kong turf and the young mentor produced a colt with a real future in yesterday's second event.
Speed Win (31-1) was unwanted in the market but raced right up to some high opinions and promising trackwork with a fast-finishing second to Express Duke in the Classes One and Two 1,200-metre event.
Robbie Fradd, who went on to win the feature event aboard the up-and-coming stayer Multi-Star, could count himself a little unlucky aboard Speed Win as he was starved of a run at the 300-metre mark by favourite Prince Fortune.
When he did find a passage, Speed Win put in nicely and may have finished closer than the 2.75-length margin had he enjoyed a clearer run in the straight.
Connections held him in high regard in his native New Zealand - he notched two thirds from his three starts there - and considering he wasn't fully wound up for his local debut, Speed Win looks a sprinter to keep on your side in the coming months.
In the main event, there was a promising effort from David Oughton's consistent stayer Mazal and the English trainer is sure to find a suitable race for the five-year-old in the not-too-distant future.
It was the Irish-bred's first outing this term and he was not expected to take a hand in the star-studded 1,800-metre contest. But he was still in with a shout until the final 100 metres where his condition just told and the effort will have brought him on.
Yesterday was his 21st local start and he has finished in the money at more than half of those.