Shum's Natural Blitz sets blistering pace in trial

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 26 March, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 26 March, 2005, 12:00am

Danny Shum Chap-shing's Natural Blitz was an impressive winner at the Sha Tin trials yesterday. The former Macau-based sprinter cruised home in the first all-weather trial.

The speedster showed he has clearly progressed since his trial win 11 days ago, setting a solid early pace to register a cracking time of one minute and 9.8 seconds in the 1,200-metre distance.

Glyn Schofield allowed him to set his own pace in the early stages and although the lead was cut back in the concluding stages, it was still a sound piece of work.

John Size has been very patient with Electronic Unicorn. He came through his final preparation for next Sunday's Chairman's Sprint Prize with flying colours.

Robbie Fradd settled the former champion miler in third position, allowing him to lengthen stride down the stretch and there was plenty to like about the manner in which the old-timer responded.

The second all-weather trial was run almost three seconds slower (1:12.6 seconds) than the first heat and Gary Ng Ting-keung's Wadadelight was the eventual winner.

He looks in very good order and is primed to give a good account when he next appears.

David Ferraris-trained Maestro (rated 29) made up some late ground to finish second, and given his current rating it was a reasonably good piece of work.

In other work, Dennis Yip Chor-hong has a nice prospect with unraced Lucky Special, a son of popular New Zealand-based stallion O'Reilly.

He caught the eye in a sterling piece of work on the riverside when galloping over 800m in 48.6 seconds.

He was firmly on the bridle throughout the workout, but travelled superbly.

Also working well on the turf on Thursday was Derek Cruz-trained Buddies Spirit.

He clocked a slick 47.4 seconds over 800m and displayed plenty of enthusiasm in his work.

Alex Wong Yu-on's last-start shock winner Cenamira also has come out of his last outing very well judging by his latest turf gallop.

He is starting to show more zest in his work and may have even progressed further since his victory.

It has been almost a year since Noble Man has raced, but Gary Ng's charge worked superbly on the riverside this week, clocking a hard-held 45.7 seconds over 800m.

Obviously, he could trim down a fraction, but it was an outstanding piece of work and he is worth watching when he reappears on race day.


Lucky Special, Noble Man.