Young Glorious Feeling shows fancy footwork
Jockey Club steward Anthony Chow Wing-kin looks to have another promising horse on his hands with Glorious Feeling, a gelding that has more than a little in common with Chow's better-known Towering Feeling.
Chow races both horses in partnership with Michael Tong Hing-yuen from the yard of David Ferraris and while Towering Feeling (five wins and over HK$2.8 million in prize money) has a decent head start on the newcomer, a strong barrier trial performance on Tuesday suggests Glorious Feeling will quickly reduce the margin between them.
Glorious Feeling, ridden by Eric Saint-Martin, won the sixth trial over the straight 1,000 metres course.
He may have had only a short head in his favour from the late-closing Plan B (Christophe Soumillon) but the manner in which the three-year-old performed to his task was impressive.
Saint-Martin had Glorious Feeling in a handy position, some two lengths off the lead in the early stages, and the youngster was always travelling well.
He took control at the 300m and for the rest of the trial stayed under a hold from the Frenchman.
Plan B should give us a good guide to the ability of Glorious Feeling because he's a proven horse from England, imported by trainer Sean Woods for owner Brian Moss after winning three of his seven starts as a juvenile in 2007. He arrives on a domestic rating of 76.
While Glorious Feeling is a southern hemisphere three-year-old and therefore has about six months of maturity on Plan B, the reality is that he's a Class Four horse on a rating of 52, having had just the one start.
And what a respectable run it was, too, finishing fourth to Lucia and Many Gains over 1,000m down the straight on December 26, beaten 31/4 lengths.
Like Towering Feeling, Glorious Feeling is a son of Faltaat, the multi-purpose stallion that has done such a good job at his Auckland, New Zealand, base of Westbury Farm.
Not only is Faltaat by the renowned sire of sires Mr Prospector, but his dam, Epitome, was also a champion sprinting filly and the good-looking Faltaat was himself a recognised champion sprinter in the United Arab Emirates.
More importantly, Faltaat has done the job, getting everything from classy sprinters like himself to quality stayers such as Super Combed.
Plan B, a colt by Medic Power's sire Bertolini, was a good, precocious youngster, though it's interesting to note that all three of his wins came on the artificial surface Polytrack over a shortened 1,200m at Wolverhampton.
Perhaps that is how the three-year-old got his name - if he doesn't cut the mustard on turf, plan B will be to race him on the all-weather track. The colt was formally known as Cosmic Art and was trained by Ed Dunlop, of Ouija Board fame.