Hill happy with Bumper Storm move
Top Class One galloper Bumper Storm, who is the boom griffin of his year, has moved from trainer Patrick Biancone to the stable of David Hill.
The shock switch comes in the aftermath of Saturday's Sha Tin Trophy race where Bumper Storm, jumping at odds of 10-1, finished unplaced behind brilliant winner, Indigenous.
At his first start of the season, Bumper Storm, who is an Irish-bred four-year-old by Great Commotion out of a Grundy mare, had run fourth to the shock winner Aggressive Dragon in a longer sprint at Sha Tin.
Owners Mr and Mrs Woo Koo-ping moved the horse to Hill who already has a griffin of theirs in his care.
Biancone trained Bumper Storm to win four races, one second placing and five thirds for career earnings of just over $4 million.
The French maestro said yesterday: 'These things happen in racing, life goes on.' Hill was understandably pleased at picking up a quality galloper who looks sure to figure in the finish of some decent races this season.
'He is eligible for a lot of races that are worth over a million dollars so, if you can land one of those, the job is well done.
'It is good to have a quality Class One horse in your stable and I am delighted to have Bumper Storm.
'There are no immediate plans for him,' added Hill.
Local riders are in line for enhanced benefits following representations made recently on their behalf.
Director of racing, Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, confirmed yesterday that the next meeting of the Racing Committee would discuss the question in detail and come up with a package.
The local riders were pressing on questions of guaranteed income and possible housing allowances.
'We are aware of the problem and we want to do something that is fair,' said Engelbrecht-Bresges.
Also to be addressed next week is the opposition of trainers to the decree by the veterinary department that the medication Sputolosin should not be used within 14 days of a race rather than the previous seven days.
There is considerable opposition, but a meeting early next week is expected to resolve the issue.