The Rich Man soon to pay his way for Ping
With one quarter of the season down, Wong Tang-ping shares the lead at the top of the table and with talent like The Rich Man (51-1) in the stable he is well-equipped to remain in the hunt for training honours.
The three-year-old son of Last Tycoon is bred for a good deal longer than the 1,000-metre dash he contested last night but the way he worked home behind all-the-way winner Dragon's Pal suggests he will be adding to Ping's tally when stepped up in trip and returned to Sha Tin.
With blinkers applied for the first time, The Rich Man was slowly into stride for maximum claimer John C.W. Mok but, importantly, he settled well and was just starting to get going when the race was all over.
Although he finished eighth, beaten almost seven lengths, it was his determined attitude over the final two furlongs that really caught the eye.
He won twice in two-year-old company in Britain before export and looks primed to begin paying his way.