Lo hits high notes with El Viento
Trainer Eddie Lo has been something of a quiet achiev er in recent weeks with a couple of winners taking his tally for the season into double figures.
And there is no doubt that in the promising El Viento, he has a galloper capable of adding to that score in the closing weeks of the season.
Yesterday, Lo sent the flashy grey out to work with King's Premium and Scenic Star and after striding leisurely through the first 800 metres of the workout, El Viento dashed away from his stable companions in the final 200 metres when his riding boy asked him to go.
El Viento has only had the three starts, winning impressively on debut for Kieren Fallon before failing to handle the Valley second-up.
But it was his last effort which stamped him as a most progressive galloper.
He was well beaten by the potential topliner Toy Warrior, but there were some excuses and he looks a sure-fire winner in Class Three - there may not be any fancy price about him but a winner is a winner.
Scenic Star can also be jotted down as Jackie Tse did not push him out and he looks close to his top after a couple of good recent runs.
Andy Leung has thrust himself into the limelight in recent times as his stable blossoms after a fairly quiet first half of the season.
Leung has a yard full of promising youngsters and none have been more impressive than the unraced Trader Joe.
The three-year-old caught the eye in a recent Happy Valley trial and yesterday he again came in for attention as he matched strides with Handsome Man and Satisfaction Smile over 800 metres.
There was a lot to like about the way he finished off the gallop and Trader Joe should acquit himself well when Leung finally decides to send him to the races.
Best Of The Best was out and about and the continued improvement of the Centenary Cup winner is nothing short of awesome.
It has been an outstanding training achievement by his mentor Wong Tang-ping to bring him from the griffin ranks to a position where he now ranks as the top sprinter in Hong Kong.
And he looked all quality as he worked over 800 metres in 49.2 seconds for Eric Legrix. It is going to take some horse to beat him in the Chairman's Prize, the final leg of the Sprint Championship.
One of his likely rivals, Fairy King Prawn, was only asked to run even time by Steven King but he has come out of his last run in good shape.
Espresso has been working stylishly and the David Oughton-trained gelding again went nicely over a half-mile, quickening up the last quarter.
Others to work well were American Heart, Easy Star, Multi-Winner and Don Pedro.