Aggressive Dragon well on pace for further success

PUBLISHED : Friday, 06 November, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 06 November, 1998, 12:00am

Aggressive Dragon may have surprised when he won on his belated reappearance but the way he's worked since it would be no surprise to see him score again and soon.

The Tony Cruz-trained New Zealand import appears to have done really well since that all-the-way success under apprentice Patrick Tse.

Often with these horses who win after a prolonged absence, or with private purchase imports scoring on their debuts, the dreaded second-up syndrome comes into play and they disappoint on their very next start.

Cruz, ever the master horseman, has taken his time with Aggressive Dragon and the way his charge has been shaping suggests he's going as well if not better than at any time in his career.

Yesterday, Aggressive Dragon came through an easy 800 metres down by the riverside in 53.5 seconds.

He's moving extremely well and looks to have trimmed down for that reappearance success.

Other workers to catch the eye include the Ivan Allan-trained Starlight Express and Wong Tang-ping's Lomond's Fay.

Both are very progressive types, with Starlight Express showing more zip in his work this season compared to last.

Yesterday, he clocked an even 46.6 down the riverside gallop and could well be worth following when next seen out.

He has a couple of possible engagements.

Lomond's Fay has continued to burn through his work since his decisive last-start victory.

He came through his final quarter in a speedy 22.6 yesterday for an overall 800 metres in 47.6 and could well handle the move to Class Two.

The way he hits the line, he should also stay a full mile and it is worth noting that he has been defying all sorts of bad luck to run up a sequence of excellent efforts.

These consistent horses are the ones to be on because if they don't win, there's a good chance they're going to run the quinella or the tierce.

Elsewhere Shadow Speed notched a pleasing final quarter of 23.6 under Vickie Choi and seems to be continuing the improvement that has come about since he moved to the talented young trainer Peter Ho.

John Moore's Good Message worked through an attractive 800 metres under Robbie Fradd in 49.8 and appears to be coming to himself following two runs at the Valley track.