Concert King idles to trial success
CONCERT KING won his barrier trial at Sha Tin yesterday morning in deceptive fashion.
He looked to be some way off the brilliant form trainer Derek Cruz had him in last season, despite the victory.
But jockey Gary Carter explained: ''He wasn't doing anything in front. He was just idling. I'm sure he would have found more if something had come upsides.'' Concert King made all under Carter to hold Geoff Lane's close-season acquisition Jacko and Patrick Biancone's strong-finishing Brilliant Forever.
Neville Begg's progressive type from last season, Chiu Chow Warrior went fluently throughout in mid-division of this trial and looks ready to improve further on his efforts from the previous campaign. He could even stay a mile this time round.
Five horses crossed the line virtually abreast in the first of the three heats which saw Raymond K. L. Tsui drive out Chris Cheung Ting-pong's Gagne Vite for a narrow win.
Last season Gagne Vite showed enough ability to win in Class Five but showed plenty of temperament, too, and looked none too co-operative when second to Caramba last back end.
He has since moved from Gary Ng Ting-keung to Chris Cheung and would be hard to back for a win but could certainly run a quinella when next seen out.
The most promising display came from Begg's private purchase griffin from last season, Magic Joy.
He went smoothly throughout and hit the line going strongly for stable jockey Darren Beadman and looks to have made very good progress during the summer. He is certainly one to keep in mind for a bet on his first couple of outings this campaign.
Dean McKeown had a wrestling match with Chip-In from start to line and did well to stop him running away in this opening trial.
Chip-In came in for plenty of support on his first start last season and ran like he works, very freely for the first 1,000 metres of his 1,200-metre event before tiring badly.
He is still refusing to settle as yesterday's trial showed though McKeown and Lane are doing their utmost to teach the horse to relax.
John Moore's Kwacha was another bang there on the line in this opening heat and looks just the type to run well at the first time of asking. He carries little condition and doesn't take too much getting ready.
The final heat saw a decisive win from the speedy Red Star who made virtually all the running and is likely to go well around 1,400 metres in Class Three.
There was also plenty of work on the grass and all-weather track prior to the trials.
Begg's Winning Partners impressed on the grass though there was a hairy moment for Beadman on the turn with the marker cones forcing the horses out too wide to properly negotiate the bend.
On the all-weather track there was a tremendous piece from Gary Ng's Sure Win King who has improved for his reappearance second to Glory Of India.
Bruce Hutchison's Timah went well again while Lawrie Fownes Super Bingo II is just getting better and better as he showed in a most encouraging piece of work with Speedstar.
Ivan Allan's Mighty Mighty is also worth following, given his good first-up effort behind Glory of India and Sure Win King and yesterday's speedy work with stablemate Fukien Boy.