Biancone toasts 'remarkable horse'
QUICKEN Away yesterday underlined that he is ready to defend the Remy X.O. Cup he won so gallantly 12 months ago.
Yesterday, Quicken Away hit the line really strongly under Mick Kinane to beat David Hill's promising young sprinter Debonair by five lengths in a trial run over 1,400 metres on the grass to test the ''cut-away'' rail which operates for the first time on Sunday.
Trainer Patrick Biancone was delighted with Quicken Away's effort, beaming: ''You know, this is a remarkable old horse. He seems in top condition and never knows when to stop trying.'' Debonair had a thorough hitout under Basil Marcus and will be plenty fit enough when making his eagerly-awaited reappearance. He showed very good speed yesterday and looked an out-and-out sprinter.
The most eye-catching run in this first trial came from Gary Ng Ting-keung's Maniwin who was settled way out the back by Randy Romero.
Romero then let Maniwin creep into the heat along the far rail and the pair of them went very comfortably to the post.
Maniwin's stablemate, Sky Eagle, caught the eye in a modest second trial over 1,050 metres on the equitrack.
The trip is patently inadequate for Sky Eagle who was also minus the blinkers. Nevertheless he went powerfully to the line and should be able to pick up another low grade handicap over a mile or farther to add to the two Ng placed him to win last season.
Derek Cruz's Allegresse had little trouble winning the third and final trial, following Cruz's Blue And Gold taking the second.
Allegresse always works well but is still worth one more chance as he may have disliked the slightly rain-affected track first time out this season.
The best work of the morning on the all-weather looked to come from Neville Begg's Chiu Chow Warrior who moved really fluently and powerfully.
Chiu Chow Warrior has improved significantly for his reappearance effort when he was trapped wide from a bad draw when fourth to Namjong. He may also do better over farther than the 1,200 metres he tackled that day and looks one to keep on the shortlist for a future punt.
There was also plenty of work on the grass in readiness for the Remy. Concert King appeared to go well and River Verdon has done plenty.
Back on the all-weather Ivan Allan's Fukien Boy went particularly promisingly with stablemate Wonderful World and looks ready to improve on his first-time-out fourth.
First trial: 1, QUICKEN AWAY (M. Kinane); 2, Debonair (B. Marcus); 3, Easy Beat (J. Marshall). Others (in finishing order): Maniwin, Green World, King Prawn, Beauchamp Star, Excel Treasure, Good Health, Super Dancer, Viva Viva. Time: 1.24.2 (24.4). Distances: 5 lengths, 2 lengths. Winner trained by Patrick Biancone.
Second trial: 1, BLUE AND GOLD (G. Carter); 2, Bad Habit (M. Kinane); 3, Copper Red (S. M. Tam). Others: Gladstonian, Viva Longtemps, Survey King, Sky Eagle, Trade Win, Phantasy Way. Time: 1.03.6 (23.9). Distances: 2 lengths , 21/2 lengths. Winner trainedby Derek Cruz.
Third trial: 1, ALLEGRESSE (C. K. Chung); 2, Diamond Head (P. W. Kong); 3, Gay Pegasus II (M. Kinane). Others: Golden Gamble, Rocketeer, Talisburg, Win Label, Source Of Life. Time: 1.03.6 (23.3). Distances: 11/2 lengths, 1/2 length. Winner trained by Derek Cruz.