Patience pays off for fans of Perpetual
PERPETUAL Harmony (12-1) gave Alan Munro a late-season boost yesterday and brought a smile to face of patient connections when he convincingly won the seventh event at Sha Tin.
Trainer Chris Cheung Ting-pong has had to be very careful with the four-year-old, who has problems and has had only a handful of runs in the past two seasons.
Cheung, who operates with a small string, was pleased with the gelding's last run and clearly had him well prepared for yesterday's 1,400-metre outing for Class Three gallopers.
Munro had him perfectly placed in the run and took command 200 metres out to go on and win much as he pleased from non-winner Intuition (25-1) and 50-1 chance, Star Of Marble.
The big talking point was the failure of odds-on favourite Lion's Share, who did not follow up on his last-start win on the dirt where he blazed home from last over 1,150 metres to win going away.
Although he did not get the clearest of runs, Lion's Share was never a winning chance and was under pressure from before the home turn.
The David Hayes school of quality youngsters was again in evidence in the opening event when Triumphant Feeling (8-5 favourite) duly followed up on his debut success with a clear-cut victory.
He beat the only other seriously supported contender in topweight Par Excellence (5-2) to win by 1.75 lengths and stamp himself as a youngster with a very bright future.
French jockey Eric Saint-Martin produced a winner for retaining trainer David Oughton when My Way (5-1) scored a solid victory in the Class Three, 2,000-metre fourth event on the card.
Mighty Combination (8-1) remains something of a bridesmaid but it was a good run for second while bottomweight Golden Double (25-1) provided plenty of meat for the tierce.
Topweight Treasure Island (5-2) disappointed and Seasons Wind (5-1) never raised the hopes of his supporters.