Bravissimo delivers on early promise
David Oughton's stocks have soared at the past two meetings and Bravissimo's (8.5-1) dominant success at Sha Tin last night could signal the start of a fruitful run for the long-serving English conditioner.
The griffin graduate caught many an eye at his seasonal debut when working home well for fourth place behind the talented youngster Ho Ho, and he delivered on that promise with a demolition of this Class Four field.
Stable jockey Alan Munro, who provided Oughton's breakthrough winner of the campaign when Che Sara Sara lifted Thursday's trophy race, was at it again aboard Bravissimo.
Munro gave the three-year-old son of Midyan every chance in the run, settling just off the speed set by Splendid Timing, and booted clear of the field halfway down the straight to win moving away by more than three lengths.
The Ivan Allan-trained Bold Dancer (7.2-1) got home well to grab the quinella spot under Douglas Whyte, with the gutsy Basketball Leader (21-1) making good ground from the tail for third.
The well-fancied Born Dragon (9-2) was taken out of the race approaching the final bend - forget he even went around.
And it could so easily have been a winning double for Oughton.
His impressive three-year-old Botany Bay (11-1) chimed in with what looked a decisive late burst to the Class Four third event only to just fail to reel in long-time leader Fortune Tycoon (14-1).
To be fair, however, the David Hayes-trained winner did stick on really well to give local jockey Jackie C.K. Tse his maiden victory of the campaign.
Leading trainer Lawrie Fownes' consistent Classic Boy (7.2-1) finished the 1,400 metres off better than most to grab third.
The short-priced Quick Commander (2.2-1) filled the frame but he is proving an expensive offering to follow.
Defending champion mentor Hayes was delighted with Fortune Tycoon's success and was full of praise for the hard-working Tse.
'It was great to see Jackie get one on the board,' said Hayes.
'He did everything right and kept him going all the way to the line. It was a great effort.' Hayes is currently without stable jockey Basil Marcus, who started a three-meeting ban at last night's fixture.