In The Bank shows what he's made of
It is not too often that one from the John Size yard is seen winning trials in the morning, but that was the case in the qualifying trial held at Sha Tin yesterday morning when unraced galloper In The Bank (rated 52) took out the final heat in the time of 59.1 seconds.
It was a nice effort from the son of Groom Dancer because he has had only a light preparation ahead of his first local trial. And looking at him parade prior to the trial, there still looks a good deal of improvement to come in condition - a positive sign.
Derek Cruz-trained Super finished a head away in second place and showed he had progressed since his turf trial at Happy Valley on February 21. This son of Golden Slipper winner and successful sire Danzero is definitely one to keep safe when he makes he debut.
Finishing third in the heat was Noble Crusader, who also happens to be a son of Danzero.
The John Moore-trained gelding was never allowed off the bridle at any stage by Anton Marcus and went to the line with plenty in reserve.
Douglas Whyte was noted working home stylishly aboard Add The Fun (rated 52), who performed very well given that it is still early days in his preparation.
This was his first trial and he showed above average ability.
Tony Millard clearly has a decent batch of juveniles and Gallant Falcon is one that can be added to that list. He was a convincing winner of the third heat held over 800 metres, where he shaded stablemate Sharki, who has already won his only career start.
In the same trial, Bodacious was given a quiet trial from Gerald Mosse, but showed some serious potential. He went to the wire full of running and could have won the trial if allowed to extend. Similarly, David Hayes' Argentinean import Vroom Vroom was very quietly handled by Dwayne Dunn to eventually wind up in fourth.
Vroom Vroom caught the eye in a turf gallop last week and this trial confirmed that promising piece of work.
He showed good early speed and appears to have settled quickly into his new surroundings.
Millard's stable was very much the flavour of the morning as he took out the fourth heat with Only You (rated 71) in the hands of Anthony Delpech. This fellow has progressed since his turf trial back on February 2.
It was a steadily-run trial, but the griffin is making pleasing progress and should be able to win against his peers this season.
Millard has another potential winner with Sambuca, who won the second heat of the morning on the dirt over 1,050 metres.
He has come along nicely since his debut on February 22 when fourth to Celestial Magic over 1,200 metres. He looks fit and well, and is ready to open his account.
Ones To Note: In The Bank, Only You, Sambuca