Consistent Yiu stays in front on strike rate
Trainer Ricky Yiu Poon-fie finished last season with the best strike rate in town and has no intentions of letting that title go.
In tandem with much-improved rider Jacky Tong Chi-kit, Yiu posted another double from his six runners yesterday, with another two minor placings, to take his season to six wins from 25 starters and a strike rate of 24 per cent.
'Well it's nice to have the strike rate up like that and it's something I'd like to hold on to,' Yiu smiled after winning with Globe River and King Acrylic.
For Tong, who had his weight allowance reduced from seven to five pounds, the double was further confirmation of how far he has come.
'I want to give a lot of credit to Jacky,' Yiu said.
' Last season, when he was still an apprentice, his boss Caspar Fownes gave him a lot of good opportunities and he was able to win a few races. It did great things for Jacky's confidence and now he is riding very well.
'He definitely seems to have the key to Globe River, he's the only one to win on him.'
Yiu said he had found the key to Globe River was keeping him fresh rather than giving him a lot of work and that had brought his consistent form since joining the yard.
King Acrylic was a two-time winner for Almond Lee Yee-tat last season but showed clearly that the change of yard had changed him little when he led throughout in the third.
'King Acrylic was having his first run for me but I studied him from last year and he looked a genuine sort of horse, a front runner,' Yiu explained.
'I asked Jacky to go forward and lead, or sit second if somebody wanted to go crazy. I was confident he would be hard to run down. He probably wants a mile but fresh today the 1,400m was fine.'