Future looks bright for young prospects
There were a number to note for the future from the seven trials at Sha Tin yesterday, including Andy Leung Ting-wah's Super Fighter, who took out the first turf heat in an impressive manner.
The speedy son of Gold Brose displayed plenty of early dash without being pressed by Michael Rodd and came through to win the trial comfortably.
It was a highly encouraging piece of work considering this was his first trial and there should be plenty of scope for improvement.
David Hayes' Beverly Dream was given time to find his feet in the early part of the 1,000 metres and he also hit the line with a fair bit in reserve. He appears to know his job well and merits strong consideration when he steps out for the first time.
The second trial was over 1,050 metres on the all-weather and there was plenty to like about the manner in which Egyptian Ra came through to finish fifth.
He was given a spell after he competed for the second time back in October and has been patiently handled by champion trainer John Size.
In the past, he has been inclined to work a fraction too keenly but appears to have settled a little better and is open to more improvement.
John Moore's new recruit Bobo Win was a convincing winner of the third heat (all-weather).
He responded well to the urgings of Christophe Soumillon inside the final 300m and he looks fit and well and the quality of his work has picked up a notch.
Malayan Treasure won the fourth heat but it was runner-up Jade Dancer that made a more positive impression.
He confirmed some promise he had shown in a trial this month and looks a nice prospect for the future.
Gold Medal Winner wasn't given a hard time at any stage by Douglas Whyte and he worked home tidily.
The fifth heat was contested by griffins and Alex Wong Yu-on's Good Ba Ba led for most of the journey with champion jockey Whyte on board.
It was a good piece of work and he seems to know his job a little better than most of his peers. It took a little riding from Felix Coetzee to get Lucky Diamond (fifth) going but he hit the line full of running and obviously has plenty of scope.
Optic King made every post a winner in the sixth trial but Tony Cruz's Californiasunshine was more impressive in second spot. He looks an imposing galloper who will improve a fair amount with this trial.
John Moore's Amsterdam wasn't far away in last place, and hit the line as well as any other runner.
Francis Lui Kin-wai's The Vase ran out a convincing winner in the final trial. The unraced son of Marju looks forward in his condition and when asked to lengthen by Craig Williams he responded very well.
ONES TO NOTE:
Super Fighter, Good Ba Ba, Lucky Diamond.