Win It All carries torch for Ng's team
Wins have been few and far between for the partnership of Danny Lee and Peter Ng this season.
Therefore it was only fair that the inappropriately named Win It All saluted for the pair at his last run at Happy Valley a couple of weeks back.
Since then the five-year-old has gone about his work in good style and yesterday morning indicated that his winning run was not at an end as he put a solid 1,200 metres behind him in one minute and 21.1 seconds.
The son of Polish Patriot has only had the two wins in three seasons in Hong Kong but Ng has him right at the top of his form now and there was plenty of authority about his last-start success.
David Oughton is one of the few trainers to do serious work on Fridays and his team as a whole are looking better than at any other stage this season.
Mazal has been a mainstay of the yard in the past few seasons and the talented stayer habitually picks up an end-of-term feature.
On his work yesterday another win is near for the six-year-old as he greatly impressed dashing the last quarter of a 1,200-metre gallop in 22.5 seconds.
Stablemate Marquee Universal was given a quiet time over 800 metres but the International Sale graduate has come out of his last run in fine fettle.
He now finds himself in Class Two and it will be interesting to see if Oughton runs him again this year or puts him away - either way there are more wins in store for the youngster.
Wylie Wong must have been a little surprised to see Midas depart his stable this week but in Lucky Goal he has a galloper who looks a sure-fire winner before racing ends.
The three-year-old was a winner on International Cup day back in December and he looked ready for another win as he finished off an 800-metre gallop with Time Well in good style.
Time Well is one of the better workers in Wong's yard but Lucky Goal was going every bit as well as him as they completed their work.
Lucky Goal was tested over 1,600 metres last start and failed to run the trip, but prior to that he really caught the eye in a race at Sha Tin.
If dropped back to a more suitable distance he can salute next time out.
Geoff Lane produced a promising galloper in French Fry at Happy Valley two weeks back with the French import finding the 1,000 metres well short of his best.
However, he was spotted doing his best work in the last 100 metres and is one to keep an eye on when the veteran Australian trainer steps him up in distance.
Yesterday he really looked the part as he strode effortlessly over 800 metres in 53.5 seconds and there is a definite quality about the three-year-old.
Meanwhile, three trials were held on the all-weather with a couple of good efforts from combatants.
Patrick Biancone's Triple Expresso easily took the first heat after leading all the way and the youngster has made good progress since winning earlier in the season - he should be hard to beat if Biancone runs him again this term.
Gagne Ensemble took the second trial narrowly with the most-telling performance coming from the Biancone-trained Ho Ho - he looks a good type and should be winning his share of races.
Charming Guest was given a solid sound-out to take the final batch and Ricky Yiu has the six-year-old close to his top - keep him on side next start.
SHA TIN DIRT TRIALS First trial - 1,150m: 1, TRIPLE EXPRESSO (E. Legrix); 2, Asian Express (G. Boss); 3, Cream Of The Crop (P. H. Tse). Others (in finishing order): Horse Of Fame, Top Win, High Powered, Turbo-Powered, Arazi King. Time: 1:09.2 (24.3). Distances: 3.5 lengths, 6 lengths. Winner trained by Patrick Biancone.
Second trial - 1,150m: 1, GAGNE ENSEMBLE (R. Fradd); 2, Paradise Chase (E. Saint-Martin); 3, Nansen (F. Coetzee). Others: Ho Ho, Grand Vefour, Star Win, Don Sebastian, Iron Tycoon. Time: 1:09.7 (24.4). Distances: neck, length. Winner trained by John Moore.
Third trial - 1,150m: 1, CHARMING GUEST (S. M. Tam); 2, Triumphant Smile (E. Saint-Martin); 3, River Dance (P. Payne). Others: Pinch The Devil, Feodor, Speedstar, Laureate, Pink Diamond. Time: 1:07.4 (23.3). Distances: 8 lengths, neck. Winner trained by Ricky Yiu Poon-fai.