No Excuses leaves strong impression
Monday morning's missed work had to be made up for yesterday with a number galloping in readiness for this evening's Happy Valley meeting headed by the Ivan Allan-trained No Excuses.
Allan has generally upped the work tempo for this three-year-old New Zealand-bred son of Justice Prevails who has quickly fallen to a rating of 30 in the middle of Class Five.
Yet he's always shown something in his work and his races - a bit of speed here and a bit of speed there - to suggest that he can be placed to advantage by his astute mentor.
The increase in the intensity of his work indicates he might just pop up at a big price this evening. After all he is blinkered for the first time, up to a mile for the first time and has Basil Marcus on top.
Yesterday he came through his half-mile hitout in 49.0 seconds and should be able to put up a much more forward showing.
Tony Millard put a gentle canter into his Only The Brave who contests the same Classes 4 & 5 event as No Excuses. It's going to be tough for Only The Brave from barrier 14 but Millard does have him working as well as ever.
Prodigy, who now gets a run in the sixth following the late scratching of Bon La Vie, clocked a nice 800 metres under Wendyll Woods and in company with Inventor and Rangeela in 49.4.
Prodigy has been most consistent this season and would appear to have tierce chances again in an open contest.
There was one 1,050-metre all-weather trial yesterday morning and the John Moore-trained dirt specialist Brave Star could hardly have been more impressive.
He's now had a couple of runs back from a bleeding attack and should be fully fit when next seen out, having run a good fourth to Citizen Kane last time out anyway.
Yesterday he flew the gates under Robbie Fradd and just pulled further and further clear of his nine rivals. On the line he was a yawning eight lengths clear of the Wong Tang-ping-trained Delight Express who is usually a very speedy customer, himself, in these trial situations.
Tony Millard's habitual triallist Star Of Wah Yan was a further 1.5 lengths back in third as Brave Star clocked 1:01.4.
Brave Star's stablemate Country Dragon was always around seventh or eighth in this trial when not at all knocked around by Corey Brown. He seems, from his work generally, to have got things together a fair bit for his debut run behind Supreme Cat.