Luck can turn for Helene

PUBLISHED : Monday, 14 December, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 14 December, 1998, 12:00am

Don't abandon the David Hayes-trained Helene Honour (8.1-1) after he finished a luckless sixth on the heels of the placegetters in yesterday's Class One finale taken out in awesome fashion by potential top-liner Fairy King Prawn.

Visiting Australian-based jockey Shane Dye straightened a clear last aboard Helene Honour but found nothing but rear-ends down the length of the straight as the field fanned out over the final stages of this hotly contested 1,400-metre affair.

Formerly prepared by Ricky P. F. Yiu, who incidentally saddled the winner, Helene Honour lost nothing in defeat.

He has thrived under Hayes' tutelage - he won course and distance at his second start for the stable - and this promising son of Marauding will be keeping the handicapper busy in future.

In the same race, there was another fine effort from the under-rated Andy Leung-trained four-year-old Colourful Era (17-1), who rallied well for fourth under three-pound claimer Alex K. S. Yu.

The International Sale graduate has collected prize money at all nine starts and, although creeping up the handicap, is one to keep on side whenever he steps out.

He will relish a slight drop in class and has the versatility to sprint well when freshened up.TLP