Warrior makes big strides on way to top
Six Happy Valley trials yesterday morning produced little of note but a track which cut up badly and confirmation, if any was needed, that Toy Warrior is very much a horse going places.
Trials were conducted on the outside of the track and the wear and tear was visible when the session ended, although we are assured the inside of the track is in good shape and ready for Wednesday's first night meeting.
Toy Warrior could simply not have been more impressive in the fourth trial where he was under a tidy hold by Brett Doyle but simply strode through like a potential champion to join Willie Way in the concluding stages.
Toy Warrior, with the reins eased half a notch, eased alongside and this fellow is destined to be one of the stars of the season.
There was a decent run from Jade Dynasty in the same trial as he was slowly away but came through well on the inside late on to take third place ahead of last season's Chief Executive's Cup winner, Solid Contact.
Zambezi, under Douglas Whyte, made all in the second trial and certainly seemed on good terms with himself but the more interesting run came from second-placed Greenmore, with Robbie Fradd up.
Greenmore, by Kingmambo out of a Bering mare, finished second at his first start in a griffin race before being optimistically aimed for the Sha Tin Vase where he finished last to Kingston Treasure.
The break has helped him and trainer Alex Wong Siu-tan looks more than capable of getting a win or two out of this fellow.
Seattle Sun finished third but there have been too many false dawns with this fellow since that highly controversial Happy Valley run under Jason Weaver a couple of seasons back.
The first trial went to Jade Lake, also trained by Wong Siu-tan, who just got the better of Desert Fox while Monza and Supreme Bases were also seen to advantage.
The leading quartet came about six lengths clear of the fifth-placed horse but the session was marked, or marred, by a number of trials where there were lengths between horses and a furlong between first and last.
Triumphant Smile made all in the third trial and did it well enough but again it was second-placed High Spirits who might bear watching.
Placed in two of his three outings last season at two, the Centaine PPG is now in Class Four and trainer Tony Cruz can surely get a win out of him in that grade on what we've seen to date.
Felix Coetzee wasn't hard on the now three-year-old in the trial and High Spirits does seem to have come through the break particularly well. He is one to think about.