The ready to win stable
Gold banked, and more to come with Size's Striker
It's a rare weekend that goes by without followers of the Racing Post Ready To Win stable not having a healthy collect. And so it was again at Sha Tin last weekend when Gold Striker continued the stable's amazing strike-rate with a win as a heavily plunged favourite.
Just one week earlier, Gold Striker had been part of a particularly sweet result, providing the second part of a 14-1 quinella with Sunrise Rainbow.
Sunrise Rainbow, who enjoyed a good ride from apprentice Alex Lai Hoi-wing, was backed in from $140 to pay $91.50 for the win and $23 the place. The quinella with Gold Striker paid $150.50, while the quinella-place with the pair paid $62.50.
Gold Striker has plenty of raw ability and his climb up the ratings has not finished yet. He's a big, raw fellow who will keep improving as his constitution strengthens. And he could not be in better hands than those of three-times premier trainer Size for that to happen.
Later in the day, however, we had a disappointment when Tiger Ridge failed to maintain his upward climb through the ratings. Even though he took an attractive weight drop from Class Three to Two, he failed to fire.
Perhaps his hard-fought win for us at his previous start took a bit more out of him than we thought. Whatever the reason, he is best relieved of his duty now, and departs with our sincere thanks.
Summerville Power was beaten at his first start for the stable on the same programme. Although beaten, don't worry. It's only a loan - his winning turn is coming and this run confirmed it.
What is Ready To Win?
For those who weren't aware of the Ready To Win stable at the start of the season, this may be a good time to provide you with guideline as to how the stable works.
The Racing Post team has launched the 2004-05 racing season with an insiders look at some of the horses most likely to succeed in the early part of the new term. These are the horse that have ability, look to be training well and - most significantly - are READY TO WIN! Racing editor Murray Bell, chief racing writer Alan Aitken and trackman-tipster Clint Hutchison have been joined by the Jockey Club's popular English-language commentator Mark Richards to provide you with a team of horses that you can profitably follow in the term.
The READY TO WIN team has started off as a stable of 12, with three horses consigned by each of our experts. They are managed like a real stable, and we'll reserve the right to hire and fire with some aggressive, profit-conscious management.
The guidelines are that each of the horses will have three chances for the stable before being released. If a horse warrants one more chance after three runs, he may be given it. Or if his first two runs are too far below par, he may be sacked one run early. For every sacking, there will be a new horse added, but if they aren't READY TO WIN, they don't get a start.
Stable addition this week:
MASTER ABLE, trained by Gary Ng Ting-keung: This son of shuttle stallion Woodman has now had three races and fulfills the credentials we place on horses being Ready To Win. When he takes the predicted quantum leap to the next level, he will be enormously hard to beat in a Class Four race. His effort last week behind Gold Striker was very good. He's a progressive sort, who has hit hoof right on the till.
Amazing One, Dashing Thunder, Fat Choy Forever, Gold Striker, Great Idea, Kaiser's Prize, Lightning Star, Master Able, Summerville Power, Sunrise Rainbow, Win For All, Zabebe, Total 12.
This week's runners:
Our only likely runner today, Great Idea, was an emergency runner, who didn't get a start. Fat Choy Forever trialled yesterday, impressively.