Toy Warrior cuts menacing figure
Busy Brett Doyle had little time to draw more than a breath as he worked and trialled a number of retaining trainer Andy T. W. Leung's horses in encouraging fashion yesterday morning.
Felix Coetzee, who has started a spell on the sidelines, was also in the thick of things in an interesting and informative trackwork session.
Doyle, who rides in the Singapore Gold Cup tomorrow night, would have had no trouble making a positive report to his trainer about the effort of Toy Warrior who was one of the better workers of the morning.
Toy Warrior has the right credentials and connections are hoping he may get an invitation for the inaugural Hong Kong Sprint in December.
He will still have to do a bit before that date and he looks in shape to produce something very positive judging by this hitout.
Toy Warrior breezed along and Doyle shook him up over the last quarter to record an overall time of 1:22.0 (24.4) but left the distinct impression that, as far as time was concerned, this could have been bettered.
It was an impressive showing and Toy Warrior looked to enjoy the outing.
Doyle took the second of the morning's two trials on Winning Hurrah who almost certainly needed the run when fading out of a 1,400-metre event won by New Asians on his seasonal reappearance.
He convincingly took the trial where speedy Debonair led them up before Winning Hurrah, second in the run, easily took over. He finished a length clear of the David Hayes-trained Divine Prospect who was not knocked about.
There was also good work from the Doyle-ridden Lucky Charm who looked comfortable in cutting out an overall time of 1:22.9 and is clearly going in the right direction.
Arguably, the morning's most significant piece of work came from the Coetzee-ridden Super Century, a New Zealand import whose three wins from his only three starts before export give a fair indication of his ability.
Whether shooting for the stars or not, connections have entered Super Century for the Hong Kong Sprint and, on his work, he is going to give a Class Two race some shake shortly.
Super Century worked most impressively and his time of 1:22.5 (24.4) was clocked with the horse not looking totally extended. There must be every chance that there is more to come from this fellow in the mornings and his debut will be awaited with some anticipation.
Hopefully, as far as Coetzee is concerned, it comes about after the former South African champion returns to action.
The day's other trial went to Laser Pride who won competently from Clement Fortune who cost a fortune when going under on debut. Blinkers are being called for now.
Others to work well were Bullish, Top Practitioner, who has come on well after his impressive last-start win; Great Intent, Proud Salute, Storm Boy and Fortune Sallian.
YESTERDAY'S SHA TIN DIRT TRIALS First trial _ 1,150m: 1, LASER PRIDE (S. King); 2, Clement Fortune (B. Marcus); 3, Lucky Victories (D. Whyte). Others (in finishing order): Increase Speed, Chuk Way, Sunny Day, Projectvision, Winning Years, King's Glamour, Hara Hara, Easy Win. Time: 1:09.1 (24.8). Distances: 2 lengths, 1 length. Winner trained by Ricky Yiu Poon-fai.
Second trial _ 1,150m: 1, WINNING HURRAH (B. Doyle); 2, Divine Prospect (B. Marcus); 3, Debonair (C. H. Tse). Others: American Way, Winning Mascot, Skystone, Heavenly Wind, Aipoder, Good Relation, Sight First, Interesting Stake. Time: 1:08.2 (24.8). Distances: 1 length, 2 lengths. Winner trained by Andy Leung Ting-wah.
TRACK TRACKWORK Robin Parke