Yellow River runs into form for Leung
An in-form stable is one to keep on side and trainer Andy Leung Ting-wah has been the form mentor of the New Year.
A new retainership with Brett 'Double' Doyle, following the departure of Richard Hughes, has turned around a somewhat disappointing first few months of the season.
And trackwork at Sha Tin yesterday morning gave every impression the run will continue.
Leung was one of the big buyers at the inaugural International Sales and although some of his purchases have failed to live up to expectations, such has not been the case with the athletic Yellow River.
With an unlucky first-up second to Lucky Goal and a narrow but convincing win at the Valley to his name, the leggy four-year-old looks headed for better things.
Sent out over 1,200 metres with Hong Kong Legend for company, the youngster was allowed to idle the first 800 metres before Doyle asked for an effort in the straight.
And there was plenty in the tank as he lengthened stride to put the last quarter behind him in 24.4 seconds.
The work indicated he should easily handle the promotion into Class Three at his next outing.
Hong Kong Legend has been a star worker all season but has failed to reproduce it in his races.
Once again he impresses and looks worth more than a passing thought if he accepts for next Wednesday's meeting over 1,150 metres on the dirt - he has certainly handled the track in his gallops.
Peter Ng Bik-kuen does not have a big yard these days and wins have been few and far between, with his stable star Born To Win carrying the banner on a couple of occasions.
But he does seem to have picked up a couple of smart youngsters in Baby Wave Supreme and Sterling Chance.
And both caught the eye as they went over a solid 1,200 metres with recent Class Six winner Mr Belief.
Baby Wave Supreme has only had one start and ran on strongly for second to City Warrior while Sterling Chance is yet to face the starter.
However, the latter went well in a trial last Tuesday and has been given a sound preparation in readiness for his debut.
Meanwhile, three trials were held on the all-weather and although there were no real stars out, Habanero in the opening heat went a lot better in the blinkers and should carry on Derek Cruz's good season.
The New Zealand-bred gelding has only had two starts in Hong Kong and looks fitter.
In the same batch, Oh My Darling got to the line nicely while another Andy Leung- trained galloper Colourful World indicated a return to form with an easy win in the final trial.
YESTERDAY'S SHA TIN DIRT TRIALS Frist trial - 1,150m: 1, EVASIVE TACTIC (K. H. Ting); 2, Habanero (J. Weaver); 3. Laser Star (C. H. Wong). Others: (in finishing order): Oh My Darling, Gallant Dragon, Chinese Tea, Best Win, Sky Dragon. Time: 1:11.5 (25.6). Distances: length, length. Winner trained by Peter Ho.
Second trial - 1,150m: 1, CONCERT FORTUNE (K. H. Ting); 2, Northern Celadon (C. F. Chan); 3, Precious Delights (K. M. Chin). Others: Piece Of Cake, Max Label, Vital Contact, Cotton Tree, Harmony Prince. Time: 1:11.0 (24.7). Distances: 1.5 lengths, length. Winner trained by Peter Ho.
Third trial - 1,150m: 1, COLOURFUL WORLD (B. Doyle); 2, The Lobbos (E. Saint-Martin); 3, All Happy (K. M. Chin). Others: S105, Sweet Win, Diamond Promise, Everbright Sky, Fairview Star, Fortune Cat. Time: 1:11.5 (24.6). Distances: 4 lengths, 1.25 lengths. Winner trained by Andy Leung Ting-wah.