Blinkers put Be My Song in winning mood
Be My Song arrived in Hong Kong with an impressive record from Australia and on the evidence of yesterday's barrier trial win at Sha Tin, it won't take the three-year-old long to open his winning account.
The Umatilla gelding raced four times in South Australia under the care of Phillip Stakes and after finishing second at his debut, reeled off three consecutive wins before joining the stable of Ricky Yiu Poon-fie.
He lined up for his debut down the Sha Tin 1,000-metre straight course on May 27 and after showing speed down the centre of the track weakened to finish a well-beaten 10th to Always Giggle, appearing uncomfortable in the rain-affected conditions.
Yiu added the blinkers to Be My Song yesterday, headgear the gelding sported in each start in Australia, and he began brilliantly under Brett Prebble to set up an early three-length lead.
Prebble took hold shortly after, was joined by Thunder Valley and Dim Sum, before giving Be My Song his head in the straight and he kept on strongly to defeat the fast-finishing Excellent Boy by 3/4 lengths.
While it was a positive sign for the winner, the performance of Excellent Boy would have brought a smile back to the face of his trainer Caspar Fownes.
Excellent Boy hasn't raced since finishing a disappointing 10th to Good Ba Ba at Sha Tin on January 20 but on the way he trialled, the Deputy Governor gelding is set to end the season on a high.
The five-year-old began well under Shane Dye before being eased and settling back on the fence. Dye took inside runs, and once working into the clear with 200m remaining, Excellent Boy let down smartly without being pressured to hit the line full of running.
Rice Field, who showed a return to form with a good effort last start, indicated he had trained well by staying on for third without being asked a serious question by Douglas Whyte.