Lui's Diligent shows his true ability at trials
Whatever happens with promising Add The Fun at Sha Tin this afternoon, there is more to come for the partnership of Francis Lui Kin-wai and Brett Doyle. The local handler and British jockey look to have another potential future winner with Diligent (rated 72), who caught the eye when winning the second of four all-weather trials at Sha Tin on Friday.
It was Diligent's second trial this month and he has clearly progressed since his first one, which was also a sound effort.
Lui has not given the chestnut too many hard pieces of work apart from these trials and it would appear Diligent is responding well to this form of high-impact training. He looks in good order and can be followed when he step out for the first time.
In the same trial, Derek Cruz's Eastkowloon Spirit showed he has improved considerably since his run earlier this month. Glyn Schofield urged him along in the final furlong and the powerful gelding responded nicely.
Further back in the field was Caspar Fownes Kaiser's Prize, who made up some late ground in a positive piece of work. He was well beaten on both starts last term, showing very little potential but this trial was a step in the right direction. He has come back this season an improved horse.
The opening heat went to Dennis Yip Chor-hong's Industrial Success, not surprisingly given his superior rating. In any case, Yip clearly has him well forward in his preparation and it was a solid piece of work.
Sean Woods' Healthy Wealthy was the other one to note. He wasn't given a hard time and travelled strongly on the bridle, all the way to the wire.
There was plenty to like about the manner in which Packing Angel won the third heat, after making up plenty of ground on the tiring Dragon Horse. The latter went over 20 lengths clear at one stage but had nothing left in the tank in the final 100m. Packing Angel looks in great shape and this piece of work was most encouraging. David Hall's High Price was given a very quiet time by Craig Williams who went to the line with plenty in reserve. Hall has him ticking over nicely and he is one to keep safe.
Williams won the final trial aboard David Hayes' Lancettier but it was Happy Kid in second that was more impressive. In a trial where the tempo was solid, he was always going very well for Eddie Lai and has clearly come back this preparation in fine fettle.
ONES TO NOTE:
Diligent, High Price, Happy Kid