Chivas looks another likely lad for Leung

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 07 March, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 07 March, 2001, 12:00am

In-form Andy Leung Ting-wah looks set to continue his winning ways judging by the way some of his more unexposed types performed in their respective trials at Sha Tin yesterday.

There were six trials on the grass, and in the third of them Leung's Chivas Lad indicated he is a winner waiting to happen with an impressive effort. Robbie Fradd had the lightly raced three-year-old under tight restraint virtually all the way, eventually finishing on the heels of the leaders.

In the same heat, Leung also had Quest For Luck, a three-year-old son of Quest For Fame. He went to the line in good fashion and appears to be a useful sort who will be looking for 1,400 metres or further.

Leung's Forever Hero finished a stylish second in the fourth heat, and the lightly raced son of Clay Hero appears to have come on significantly from his latest outing. The trainer's Fibber finished off the second trial well, and he appears to be working in quite good order.

The first heat was won by Francis Lui Kin-wai's Super Elite, who looks to have above-average ability, but as is often the case, the more impressive efforts were tucked in behind. David Oughton's griffin Winning Associates fell into that category, travelling particularly well under Mick Kinane. Alex Wong Yu-on's Kin Fortune also caught the eye as he finished in mid-division, while Ricky Yiu Poon-fie's two-year-old griffin Pleasant Success was given a quiet trial.

Wong Tang-ping's highly rated New Trumps was the predictable winner of the second heat. He finished narrowly ahead of Derek Cruz's Easy King, who was wearing blinkers for the first time and was given a decent trial by Eric Legrix when asked for an effort over the final quarter.

Ivan Allan's Derby prospect Epic Express showed his customary speed before being eased down, but the one to note for the future is Geoff Lane's Rebel Leader. This was quite a truly run trial and, with the aid of blinkers, he looked an improved proposition. He is worth following.

Cruz's Operation Humour won the third trial from Honest Dragon, with both looking fit and well.

David Hill's griffin Glasgow Kiss won the fourth trial and he looks to have improved noticeably on his first outing, while the same can be said of Ping's Thistlejade. Yiu's unraced griffin Lion Rock moved ominously well in behind, and this son of Hennessy may be worth keeping safe when he first runs. Lane's Sonofagun trialled well once again.

The fifth trial was won by John Moore's Toymark, who responded well under new Club rider Dwayne Dunn, while Cruz's My Honour finished third to confirm the promise he showed in a trial last month. The one who impressed most was Gary Ng Ting-keung's English import Utmost Easy, who looks to have some potential.

The final heat was held over a mile and went to Tony Millard's Aspiration, who went to the line quite nicely under Douglas Whyte. Bruce Hutchison's Nifty Dancer finished second and is gradually coming to hand.