Star Silent Witness cruises in trials
Local trainers dominated proceedings at Sha Tin yesterday winning all but one of the eight trials, and the sprint sensation Silent Witness played his part by winning the fifth heat in a typically nonchalant manner.
The champion turf sprinter clocked a leisurely 58.9 seconds over 1,000 metres, making every post a winner.
Somewhat surprisingly, it was Caspar Fownes-trained Fifty Fifty that caught the eye when finishing a hard-held second. He travelled well and went to the line as well as anything.
In the same heat, British import Carrizo Creek displayed some potential with Douglas Whyte on board. He arrived with some solid form having won the Richmond Stakes (Gr 2-1,200m) in England. He has clearly settled in well and there was enough positives to come out of this trial to suggest he is one to keep safe when he makes his debut.
Tony Millard won the opening heat with Dragon Boom, who made a late surge inside the final 150 metres. It was a nice trial and he clearly has a future.
Tony Cruz-trained Shining Day displayed plenty of early zest and his trial was pleasing, along with Go Go Victory, who was always travelling well with very little pressure applied by Eric Saint-Martin.
The second and third heats were both over 1,050 metres on the all-weather dirt track and David Ferraris' Vengeance Of Rain was clearly the best one to note from either trial.
Whyte had plenty of horse left when turning into the stretch and never really asked a great deal of him, but still managed to make up considerable ground on the leading brigade.
Cruz's speedstar Multidandy won the sixth trial in the slick time of 57.5 seconds, a time many horses would be proud to clock under race conditions. The robust son of Danehill looks in tip-top shape and the relaxed manner he went about his business was most encouraging.
In the same heat, Fownes' Hail The Storm hit the line very well given there wasn't much pressure applied by Robbie Fradd. It was a good piece of work and he is one to keep a closer watch on for the future.
Danny Shum Chap-shing's Harvey Mudd won the seventh heat in an impressive style, but there were a few behind him that made more of an impact. Zeonic Frontier was always travelling well just behind the pace and left the impression he could have won quite easily if allowed more rein.
Silver Sun showed good early pace before being eased out of contention, but was full of running and is clearly above average.
Francis Lui Kin-wai's Add The Fun won the final heat and indicated he is on top of his game. There was also marked improvement shown from Acceleration, who eventually finished.
ONES TO NOTE:
Carrizo Creek, Go Go Victory, Hail The Storm.