Kev Bushido makes strides on the dirt
The only all-weather trial yesterday was no great shakes, but Geoff Lane's Kev Bushido moved considerably better than he had on his last race start to finish second behind Well Express. He has performed creditably on the specialist surface in the past and Lane has him making steady progress in his work.
Of the remainder, Lawrie Fownes' trio Star Dragon, Rainbow Seeker and Star Warrior all trialled reasonably well.
There was plenty more to note on Monday down the Riverside, where Francis Lui Kin-wai's Arrogance continued to thrive in his work. The son of British Banker moved ominously well in a recent barrier trial and showed he has come on significantly since that heat as he glided over 800 metres in 47.4 seconds under Douglas Whyte. The champion jockey, who is always quick to snap up a potential winner, has been aboard this former griffin on several occasions in his work and obviously has a good opinion of his mount.
Alex Wong Yu-on's Telecom Babe impressed in his grass gallop with stablemate Universal Pegasus as the pair breezed over 800 metres in a slick 46.5 seconds. Both appear to be working in good order, but it was Telecom Babe who finished off a fraction better and Wong's patient handling is clearly suiting the progressive sort.
David Hayes' Tom's First moved stylishly down the Riverside over 800 metres with the application of blinkers for the first time. The former griffin appeared to be much sharper and is definitely open to plenty of improvement with the gear change. Lawrie Fownes' Sherdil was also tried out in the blinkers but, while his work was pleasing, it was not quite of the standard of Tom's First.
Ivan Allan had Cliffhanger make full use of the grass ahead of his entry in this weekend's National Panasonic Cup. Eric Saint-Martin worked the gelding over 800 metres in a highly respectable 45.1 seconds, stretching out in the final quarter in a slick 22.9 seconds. Allan clearly has Cliffhanger in terrific condition and it was a solid final preparation for the feature considering he worked with the speedy Classic Jester. The latter also went well and is in fine shape for his assignment in tonight's final race.
SHA TIN TRIAL RESULT
1,050m (dirt): 1, WELL EXPRESS (W. S. Yu); 2, Kev Bushido (M. W. Leung); 3, Rainbow Seeker (W. Woods). Others (in finishing order): Star Dragon, All The Glory, Hokkien All, Star Warrior, Time To Surf, Magical Warrior, Golden Stallion, Not Guilty, Sammy Treasure. Time: 1:02.4 (24.2). Distances: .5 length, 2.5 lengths. Winner trained by Andy Leung Ting-wah.