Wong pair full of promise for season's last two months
EMERGING local trainer Wylie Wong looks set for a decent end to the season if yesterday's Sha Tin trackwork session is anything to go by.
Wong's youngsters Five Stars Shining and Aly Baba worked together through a very serious piece and both are worth following over the concluding two months of the campaign.
Five Stars Shining is a particularly interesting galloper as last season he always worked like an above average griffin but put in a very ordinary display in his only start.
That tailed-off griffin effort is clearly worth expunging from the memory banks as when he made his belated reappearance on the dirt this season he flew home from the rear of his field, hitting the line in good style over an inadequate 1,150 metres under unfashionable claimer Win Chung.
Five Stars Shining is by Turkoman, as is Aly Baba, and Turkoman is noted for getting progeny who compete at beyond a mile. Benji is another by this former top notch American staying handicapper.
Yesterday, Aly Baba always appeared to be travelling better than Five Stars Shining as they swung through their 1,200-metre piece in a more-or-less level one minute 15.1, with Alan Munro on Aly Baba and Stanley Chin on Five Stars Shining. It was good work from Aly Baba who can win again when pushed up beyond a mile. But it was also a promising piece from Five Stars Shining, confirming his reappearance effort was no fluke.
Five Stars Shining worked in snatches and still appeared green and to be learning about the caper. But he also came back on the bridle towards the end of his work and clearly has an engine. He holds an engagement over a mile at Happy Valley's Grand National meeting next weekend.
He may not be able to handle the Valley at this embryonic stage of his career but it won't be too long before he is running into the money.
Wong's headline-hogging Seattle Sun was also out and about yesterday. His winning form took a knock yesterday when Starlight Express, who chased him home last time, couldn't justify odds-on support and ran second to Gold Yue Yee. But Seattle Sun floated through his gallop yesterday in a smooth 1:20.6 under Munro and can improve further.