Cheung's All Satisfy wound up for pay day
Luckless last-start second All Satisfy is likely to be all the rage on Saturday following a solid workout at Sha Tin yesterday.
The Chris Cheung Ting-pong-trained youngster stormed into fourth on debut behind No Competitor over 1,200 metres at Sha Tin and then ran on strongly, having been trapped wide and shuffled back in the run to boot, when only just failing to catch the progressive Dolbridge over 1,400 metres last time out.
The pair drew clear and All Satisfy looks hard to beat in his forthcoming Class Four engagement again over 1,400 metres.
He was ridden by leading jockey Eric Saint-Martin yesterday and together they clocked 52.8 seconds for their 800-metre hitout. The work should leave All Satisfy spot-on for the weekend and it's going to take a smart one to beat him.
Gerald Mosse, who rode All Satisfy last time looks as if he'll be on board Top Class in All Satisfy's race. He put John Moore's enigmatic type through a strong 1,200 metres in 1:19.2 and Moore rarely asks his horses to go much quicker than this - unless it's for a very special occasion.
All Satisfy's conqueror, Lawrie Fownes' Dolbridge, was also out and about yesterday. He appears to have thrived from Fownes giving him a short break and freshening him up. He raced with much more zip last time and appears to have gone on with it since.
Yesterday he came through 1,200 metres in 1:22.8 under Fownes' stable jockey, Wendyll Woods, and may well be able to handle the rise to Class Three.
Born Dragon is another of Fownes' last-start winners who seems to have improved again. He, like Dolbridge, had shown plenty of promise as a griffin last season and in his early runs this campaign.
He made a mockery of a voluntary demotion to Class Five last time and the way he's been travelling in his work since, he looks more than capable of serving it up to them in Class Four.
Yesterday he notched an easy 53.0s for his 800-metre piece under the improving apprentice Henry K. C. Tsang who could prove to be good value for his seven-pound claim, never mind the 10-pound allowance he shed when scoring on Knight Commander last Sunday.
Others to catch the eye yesterday included Ivan Allan's improving pair of Apples And Oranges and Air Force One, Bruce Hutchison's Dancing Surpass who showed promise on debut and Wylie Wong's low-grade stayer Piece Of Cake.
Moore's classy Kiwi import, Alf, ran some speedy types into the ground in the solitary all-weather trial. He made all the running but ran better when held up last time and will surely be ridden with restaint when seeing the racecourse proper.
SHA TIN TRIALS First trial 1,050m (dirt): 1, ALF (G. Mosse); 2, Happy Moment (W. M. Lai); 3, Splendid Timing (S. K. Sit) Others (in finishing order): Plenty Success, Dragon's Pal, Amza Glory, Way Ahead, Northern Flyer, My Friends Say, Sterling Chance. Time: 1:02.4 (24.1) Distances: 3 lengths, 1 length. Winner trained by John Moore.
Second trial - 1,000m (turf): 1, ENERGY POWER (W. Woods); 2, Clear Master (M. Hills); 3, Majestic Stallion (B Rouse). Others: Win Perfection, Gagnant, Typhoon, Arriba-Arriba, Hole In One, Millennium Star, Speed At Will, City Commander, Basketball Winner. Time: 1:00.6 (23.0). Distances: 1 length, 1.5 lengths. Winner trained by Gary Ng Ting-keung.
Third trial - 1,000m (turf): 1, RICKFIELD (B. Marcus); 2, Stoic (W. Woods); 3, Integrity (D. Whyte). Others: Malayan Pearl, Tea For Gentleman, T218, Highland Legend, Leading Stride, City Of Dragon, Supreme Partners, Best News, Empire Court. Time: 1:01.9 (23.8). Distances: head, 5 lengths. Winner trained by Patrick Biancone.