Millennium's time has arrived in Class One
By LAWRENCE WADEY
MONDAY is Alex Wong Siu-tan day on the Sha Tin work tracks and the local handler didn't disappoint trackwatchers yesterday.
He sent out his recent first-up scorer Millennium Reigns for a searching piece of work along with with stablemate, Natural Talent.
The latter, a filly, is a very good worker but it was hard to avoid the conclusion that Millennium Reigns was moving the easier of the two as they came through 1,200 metres in a very useful time of one minute 13.7 seconds.
There is likely to be a scramble among jockeys for the ride now that Alan Munro has finished his three-month stint in Hong Kong and is off to Japan and San Francisco.
Munro was on board Millennium Reigns on his Hong Kong debut and they were untroubled to saunter a couple of lengths clear of Classic Turbo.
It wasn't a very competitive Class Two event and Millennium Reigns has since been promoted to Class One where things can soon get tough.
But the facile nature of his win and the way he has worked since suggests that he could well make the transition to the higher standard.
Millennium Reigns won his first three starts as a two-year-old in Australia before being found out though, admittedly, that was in the highest company.
He didn't really fire as a three-year-old either but again he was asked to keep decent company.
His form therefore suggested that he could have been no more than a precocious two-year-old who hadn't really trained on and at the same time was exposed to more than enough of the handicapper's attention due to those early successes.
How wrong that view looks after his debut win and his work in the mornings.
By the way, Natural Talent has benefitted from an easier time of things of late and looks to be coming back to herself.