Legionnaire's victory well worth the wait for Yip

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 27 February, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 27 February, 2005, 12:00am

Due to inclement weather on Friday, the two all-weather trials were postponed for 24 hours but the wait was worth it for followers of Dennis Yip Chor-hong's Legionnaire, who came through to win the second trial in good style.

The son of the late sire Danehill came through with a powerful finishing burst, defying his current rating of 41. He continues to work in an impressive manner and showed enough potential to suggest he can win his way out of class four.

Stablemate Triumph finished third in the same trial and was never pressured too hard at any stage by Eric Saint-Martin.

He has been freshened up by Yip following three lacklustre performances for the yard and this trial indicated marginal improvement.

Caspar Fownes-trained Fast Track continues to work in a solid manner and Robbie Fradd never pressured him at any stage, eventually finishing second.

He looks fit and well and can be followed when he next appears.

The opening trial was won by Derek Cruz's Miraculous, who travelled prominently for Olivier Doleuze.

He was shaken-up inside the final 100 metres, eventually winning the all-weather trial by a neck.

He hasn't shown much potential from two starts, but this was certainly better and based on this effort he is one to consider when he next competes.

Andy Leung Ting-wah's Modern Prospect hit the line with a fair bit in reserve and he looks close to his best now. He displayed more early speed and although his recent form is far from encouraging, he is clearly working better at present.

David Hayes' Australian import Lucky Winner left the impression he has progressed handsomely since his debut when finishing ninth to Lucky Galloper last month.

He settled just behind the leading brigade and travelled nicely on the bridle, and responded well when asked to extend in the final 150m.

In other work, Yip's unraced Navigate Unicorn caught the eye in a positive piece of work over 800m earlier this week.

The New Zealand import hasn't competed in a barrier trial yet, but showed encouraging signs in this piece of work, his hardest gallop to date. He has only been in work just over a month and is worth keeping a closer watch on for the future.


Legionnaire, Navigate Unicorn.