Ricky Yiu Poon-Fai

Kudos to trainer Yiu as losing run ends on the double

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 09 January, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 09 January, 2000, 12:00am

CRACK local mentor Ricky Yiu Poon-fai snapped a lengthy run of outs with a shrewd winning double at Sha Tin yesterday.

Yiu, who had saddled an uncharacteristic 35 runners without savouring success, struck with Professionalkiller (16-1) in the opener and maiden Kudos (3.7-1 favourite) in the fourth to break one of his leanest spells since taking up a licence three seasons back. The last winner he led back to scale was stable spearhead Fairy King Prawn following his heroics in the inaugural Hong Kong Sprint on December 12.

Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Steven King was at the helm on International Races Day and he shared in the spoils again yesterday with a well-judged performance aboard the lightly raced Kudos in the Class Four dash over 1,200 metres.

The strapping son of boom sire Danehill was rarely far away in his six local outings and consistently jumped at a short price without ever getting his nose in front.

He was confidently supported again yesterday - shortening to jump the popular-elect from an opening quote of 5-1 - but this time he gave his backers little cause for concern.

King let the four-year-old drift back from the jump and produced him with precision timing in the straight to score drawing away from the game Key Largo (4.7-1) with Happy Boy (6.5-1) a fading third.

It was a performance that said 'follow me' and now that he has found the line there are sure to be more wins in store.

The mount on Professionalkiller went the way of gifted stable apprentice Roger Yu, who did a great job to just last home in a blanket finish to the Class Four contest over the same sprint trip.

The Ivan Allan-trained Success Magic (2.2-1 favourite) had been all the rage and set a good clip under Eric Legrix while Yu and Professionalkiller lurked with intent.

They joined Success Magic shortly after turning for home and the pair fought tooth and nail down the straight with Professionalkiller finally getting the upper hand inside the last 50 metres.

Success Magic was eventually run out of second by the late-arriving Arrowmint (16-1) in what was an ominous start to proceedings for favourite backers.

And the Yiu-trained Mighty Spirit (34-1) almost made it a big-priced treble for the yard when a gallant second in the bottom-grade dash down the 1,000-metre chute.

King got into the clear late but couldn't peg back the sprightly Word Of Honour, (6.6-1) who virtually ran his rivals off their feet.

Tim Pratt