Victory waiting to happen

PUBLISHED : Monday, 20 April, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 20 April, 1998, 12:00am

It's always tempting to earmark griffins as horses to follow, given that they have their whole future ahead of them, and the run of Alex Wong Yu-on's Perfect Victory (21-1) in yesterday's juvenile is a case in point.

The three-year-old American-bred was having his first race start when working home stylishly for sixth behind the well-supported Par Excellence.

Beaten for speed early under Jimmy K. H. Ting, Perfect Victory looked to travel a little greenly in the early stages before finding his stride in the straight.

He was finishing best of all at the end of the 1,400 metres and would have taken a bigger part had he been ridden closer.

Despite that he looks to have a definite future and can be followed when he next steps out.

Later in the day there was a promising effort from the David Oughton-trained Marquee Universal (22-1) in the Class Three, 1,200-metre dash won by Yellow River.

The three-year-old International Sale graduate missed the start and encountered a chequered passage in the straight.

But he showed enough to warrant another chance before the season closes.