Fradd grabs spotlight with show of style

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 31 May, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 31 May, 1998, 12:00am

TALENTED South African rider Robbie Fradd is without a stable next season and he gave punters a taste of what they would miss out on by delivering a brilliant treble at water-logged Sha Tin last night.

Fradd led from start to finish aboard Daring Steed (5.4-1) for retaining trainer Ricky P. F. Yiu in the third event and then came from near last with Be My Heart (9.4-1) to lift the prize in the sixth for Peter Ng Bik-kuen.

He completed the three-timer by arriving late on Yiu's wet-track specialist Donizetti (28-1) in the penultimate contest.

The likable Fradd has been going about his business in fine style without getting too many outside opportunities but he certainly made the most of his chances last night.

Fradd will not be disappearing from the Hong Kong scene entirely, however, as the Licensing Committee has granted him a three-month Club Jockey stint from September through November. Australian rider Steven King will be filling his shoes with Yiu.

The style he displayed last night left some of his better-known compatriots in the shade and Fradd is sure to be in great demand when he returns home.

Daring Steed was fine example.

He rated the three-year-old maiden to perfection, giving nothing else in the Class Five longer sprint a chance as he forged clear of Crown Regent (31-1) with Perfect Sport (21-1) holding on for third.

Fradd left it late with Irish-bred stayer Be My Heart in the Class Four, 1,800-metre contest.

He was near the tail at the point of the home bend and finished with a bit more zip than Super Gain (16-1) with Merry Maple (7-1) filling the tierce spot.

It had been more than a year since Donizetti had banked a winner's cheque but his hopes always hinge on him getting some give in the track.

And he got plenty of that with driving rain falling for much of the evening.

Donizetti came from just off midfield to challenge We Know When (6-1) half-way up the straight, then switched off that galloper's heels at the 200-metre mark and pulled clear in the final stages. Super Fit (7.4-1) also appreciated the soft conditions to run on well for third.