Youngsters flatter over 1,000m dash
The Private Purchase Griffin scheme has been one of the real success stories of recent years and last night's second event produced a couple of youngsters with promising futures.
Handsome Baron (99-1) and Able Regal (32-1) finished fifth and sixth respectively in a Class Four, 1,000-metre dash with plenty of depth and both will take considerable benefit from their exertions.
Able Regal was having his first start for trainer Gary Ng Ting-keung after three moderate trials and was slowly away before claimer Eddie W. M. Lai reached for him over the final two furlongs. He responded admirably to be just over four lengths from winner Mehboob.
Ricky P. F. Yiu can't put a foot wrong at the moment and Handsome Baron looks another good addition to his arsenal. He too was doing his best work at the end and has stamina to burn in his bloodlines. Look for him when stepped up over longer.