Fruity Fruity ready to make his mark
There have been many positive words being spoken about the progeny of Encosta De Lago in the southern hemisphere and one of his offspring, Fruity Fruity, went down in the little black book as a future winner when taking out the fourth of six trials held at Happy Valley yesterday.
Derek Cruz has been patient with the unraced import who has steadily shown progress in his work in recent weeks. This trial was significantly better than his turf trial in the first week of October, and he also looks in tremendous order. Gerald Mosse let him settle just behind the leaders and under a good hold he cruised home to win the heat with plenty in reserve. He looks a good chance to have a perfect start to his career by winning on debut.
In the same heat there was a lot to like about the effort of Deflect, who was ridden quietly by Douglas Whyte. Francis Lui Kin-wai's Australian import arrives with some excellent credentials, having won his second start at Monee Valley after finishing second at Flemington. He has arrived looking in great order, and with further improvement is one to keep a closer watch on.
The opening two heats were run over 1,700 metres and Fairplay took out the first trial in a steady manner. He is unplaced from six starts, and although there was some improvement in winning this trial, he needs to show more before being recommended.
The second trial was run at a dawdling pace, but Peter Ho Leung's We're Buddies did shape with plenty of promise. He was always travelling very strongly under Eddie Lai, and given his rating (37) he looks well placed to break his maiden status soon.
Dennis Yip Chor-hong's Ambitious Leader won the third heat in a decisive manner with the blinkers applied for the first time. The impression was left that he is a much better proposition with the gear change, and he can be given a chance to improve when they applied on race day.
Further back in fourth was Noble Champion, who came through his work nicely under Douglas Whyte. After a setback where he was off the training track for three weeks in November, he has done well and this trial will improve his condition further.
Tony Millard's King's Patrol was the one to note in the fifth trial as he finished strongly under Anthony Delpech. The son of Night Shift has a rating of 29, but he has generally worked well since joining the South African trainer.
Millard's unraced Winning Rongrong also caught the eye in the final heat which was run over the minimum trip. The son of Pennekamp still looked a little green on his first encounter with the tight turns at Happy Valley, but was working home well in the final stages and there are some positive signs.
ONES TO NOTE: Fruity Fruity, We're Buddies, King's Patrol