Silent Witness takes it easy at his first outing
The highlight of the week as far as barrier trials were concerned was the return of superstar Silent Witness.
The sprinting champion won the first of two heats held on Tuesday and was clearly not up to his best.
Admittedly, it was his first trial this season so there is bound to be plenty of improvement to come but even in seasons gone by he has had a more restricted preparation and performed better.
The slight concern was he didn't appear to be stretching out like he normally does and it will be interesting to see how his work progresses after this trial.
Finishing second to Silent Witness was Andy Leung Ting-wah's Cheerful Fortune who hit the line with plenty in reserve. He has come back this preparation a little more settled, which is a positive sign and is working very well indeed.
The same morning, Leung's Move It won the second batch in good style. He now looks close to peak condition with the benefit of two starts this season and this was clearly his best piece of work this term.
With very little pressure applied he cruised through to overhaul stablemate Dragon Horse who made the running for most of the 1,050 metres journey.
The fashion in which Tony Millard's Tiger Ridge hit the line was positive and he too has progressed since his only outing this season. The former griffin looked sharper and must be followed when he next appears.
Peter Ng Bik-kuen's Honour Supreme confirmed some promising work when taking out the first of three all-weather trials on Friday in a sound display.
He has impressed in a series of gallops and is one to keep safe when he steps out for the first time this season.
Paul O'Sullivan's Made In Hongkong went particularly well for Michael Rodd when finishing third in the same trial. He left the impression that he has improved markedly since last term and has clearly thrived since joining the Kiwi trainer.
O'Sullivan won the second heat with New Zealand import Strawberry Kisses. He arrived having won his only start in his land of origin and clearly has above average potential.
Douglas Whyte didn't have to work too hard to get the better of Freebird in the quickest trial of the morning (1:12.3 seconds).
The blinkers applied to Be My Bride made a significant difference and he scored a decisive five length winning margin in the final heat.
ONES TO NOTE:
Move It, Tiger Ridge, Strawberry Kisses