Marwing not worried about slow start

PUBLISHED : Friday, 26 September, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 26 September, 2008, 12:00am

While the Moore-Beadman partnership is soaring after four meetings, with each leading their respective premiership table, returned expatriate Weichong Marwing is far from concerned about the quiet start being made by his retaining trainer Ricky Yiu Poon-fie.

Marwing left Happy Valley on Wednesday night without a winner from 14 rides in the season to date, but his positive attitude was very much intact, urging fans of the Yiu yard to have a little patience and keep the faith.

'Yes, it has been a slower start to the season but I'm not concerned in the least,' Marwing said. 'Ricky has a lot of nice horses coming to hand but they are not quite there yet. There's not a lot to be gained working horses hard in the heat at this time of the year - Ricky knows what he's doing.'

Marwing formerly rode for the Singaporean training maestro, Ivan Allan, who won three trainers' premierships and multiple editions of every Group race in a decade of dominance before his retirement in 2004, and the South African riding ace noted the parallels.

'Ivan was a genius trainer but he would never gallop his horses hard until the heat of summer had passed,' Marwing recalled. 'Ivan's horses might have needed their first or second races when they resumed in the new season, but once they were fit they had a superb foundation and won plenty of races as the season progressed. I think it's a similar thing with Ricky now.'

Yiu and Marwing will combine with four runners this Sunday, and perhaps the best chance is Rocket Force in the final event, the Chun Shek Handicap (1,600m).

Rocket Force, who won two out of three on softer tracks in New Zealand before his sale to Daniel Lam Ka-kuen, has only raced three times here and two of them were encouraging.

Rocket Force has not raced since June 8 when third to Triumphant Diamond over 1,800m at Sha Tin. On that occasion he was fourth past the post but elevated to third on objection.

The gelding trialled satisfactorily when fifth to Super Fantasy on September 2 and has had five steady gallops since.