Success bang on target for Derby
Dennis Yip Chor-hong's 2004 Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby entrant Industrial Success was the main focus yesterday at Sha Tin, where the talented galloper won the first of two dirt trials. Naturally, given his rating (107), he was expected to come through the trial as the winner and by all accounts he looks on target for the Classic next weekend.
In the same heat, Geoff Lane's Sanbenito came through the trial well when doing his best work in the concluding stages to finish a length from Industrial Success on the wire. He looks fit and well and is working in a positive manner.
Lane and Coetzee combined to win the second heat with Pretty Trio , who is progressing nicely in his work. He has picked up prizemoney in his only two starts this term and has come on nicely since his run on February 22 when fourth to Brave Commander, which was a sound effort given the tempo of the race. He looks ready to notch another win.
Caspar Fownes-trained Northern Rose finished a hard-held second in what was yet another sterling piece of work. Admittedly, the trial was run at a steady tempo, but Northern Rose has already caught the eye in two trials back in January where he showed plenty of zest. He looks a treat and is one to keep on the safe side when he next appears.
In other work, Manfred Man clearly has a decent galloper with Million Chase who worked stylishly down the riverside on Thursday. He galloped over 800 metres in 50.1 seconds and has come on leaps and bounds since his debut on February 11. He finished third to The Grand Roof that evening, and probably should have won but for inexperience. Based on his work, it will not be long before he breaks through for his first win.
There was also a lot to like about the way in which last-start winner Lucky Marauding worked on the turf. The half-brother to former local champion Fairy King Prawn covered his final 400 metres in 21.8 under Glyn Schofield in a superb piece of work. He may have even improved further since his latest outing on February 22 and there should be more wins in store.
David Hayes has a nice prospect in Argentinean import Vroom Vroom (rated 100) who was noted working in a positive manner on the riverside. He clocked 45.7 seconds over 800 metres with relative ease.
This fellow won three of his four starts in Argentina, including the Group One 2000 Guineas-Consagracion De Portillos (1,600 metres). He has been in work for just over a month, but has shown enough potential to keep a close eye on when he trials.
One To Note: Vroom Vroom