Electronic Zone adds spark to turf capers
Quality galloper Electronic Zone grabbed the headlines during the off-season when his owner was forced to put him up for tender.
And the classy four-year-old looked a good purchase for his new connections as he dashed over 800 metres on Sha Tin's Riverside yesterday morning.
It was the initial grass-track gallops for the season and Electronic Zone was undoubtedly the star of the session as he effortlessly worked alongside new stablemates Happy King and Scioto.
Alex Wong Yu-on puts the polish on Electronic Zone as a result of the enforced sale and he must have been impressed with the quality of his charge's work - he looks certain to be hard to beat when first produced despite starting the new term towards the top of Class One.
Winners were few and far between for Peter Ng Bik-kuen last season but he does appear to have an early comer in Baby Wave Supreme.
The son of Palace Music was slightly disappointing in five subsequent runs following a top debut effort when second to City Warrior in November.
But he has summered well and was most impressive as he sprinted away from galloping companions Over The Blues and Spotlight at the end of his Riverside dash.
The five-year-old looks well placed off a mark of 38 in Class Four and should be able to progress into better company without much trouble.
Patrick Biancone has several unraced griffins from last season and in Ho Ho appears to have a well above-average youngster.
The New Zealand-bred four-year-old was matched with another newcomer De Integro and although they were not out to make time, Ho Ho seemed to have much the better of the work as they put 800 metres behind them in 49.6 seconds.
While the French maestro's younger brigade bear close watching, his Greenfield created a good impression as he breezed down the back with the higher-rated Supernova. Greenfield has had plenty of convictions but showed enough in a couple of runs last season to warrant respect when he first races this term.
Champion trainer David Hayes has already shown signs of mounting a serious defence of his title with several of his yard looking wound up for an early assault.
Hayes' Strikers ran well without luck at his final two outings last season and has dropped seven pounds in the ratings despite his good form.
He had too much firepower for Always Cheerful in a brisk gallop on the grass, gradually pulling clear at the end of the work in 45.9 seconds.
Kewins was given a good sound-out as he put the trip behind him in similar time - the five-year-old does come to hand quickly and although maybe a tad too high in the ratings could sneak an early win while his rivals are still short of peak fitness.
Others to work well were Johnny's Angel, Fat Choy Together, Dynamic Tension and Delight Express.