Mines showing deep reserves
Andy Leung Ting-wah's speedster Kimberley Mines showed at Friday's trials that he is ready to pick up where he left off in his impressive last-start win.
Anton Marcus had the son of Western Winter quickly from the machine and never out of second gear to win the stronger second heat of two all-weather trials. But there were nice efforts behind him, including the minor placegetters Hidden Dragon and Super Sprint, as well as the John Size-trained Grand Delight.
Francis Lui Kin-wai's Hidden Dragon has not raced since his impressive win down the straight course but appeared to have no trouble with the bend on Friday as he just tracked around behind Kimberley Mines in an outing intended only to keep him humming for next week's Juvenile Sprint Trophy.
Both first and second have a high head-carriage but it hasn't hampered them to date and, like the winner, Hidden Dragon was not unnecessarily pressured.
Super Sprint moved stylishly through the trial and was never off the bridle either in third, although the smart miler Happy Momentum was ridden up in the stretch and probably could have done a little more in fourth.
Grand Delight, the former Australian Group One winner, finished seventh but looks to have made progress since his debut fourth at Sha Tin and Shane Dye had a good hold of him, wide at the back of the field. Turning for home, Dye gave Grand Delight the opportunity to make ground and he did so without pressure until the 200 metres, when allowed to find his own speed to the line again.
The first, slower heat was won by Show Win, being blinker-tested for the first time, and he ran a bit more keenly for Way Leung than we have seen him in his races. Show Win went to the front before the home turn was behind him and found the line solidly enough without being ridden right out.
Runner-up Animated Plaything, another from the Andy Leung stable, could be worth watching from this heat. He coasted much of the trial fourwide on the track close to the leaders, then responded when asked for an effort in the final stages.
Incredible, the subject of a stewards' inquiry after his last-start defeat as favourite at Happy Valley, was allowed to find his legs back in the field early before slipping up on the rails to make some ground late and it may pay to overlook that last run.