Marshall magic gets Hero home
COLOURS Hero broke through for his first Hong Kong win in the most emphatic fashion for John Moore and John Marshall at Sha Tin yesterday.
The second-season Australian import won as he liked by 41/4 lengths from Diamond Coast who in turn had 23/4 lengths to spare over topweight, Our Champion.
There looked to be a number of chances at the top of the straight but Marshall had saved ground on the inside and had plenty of horse underneath him when he asked Colours Hero to go for home.
His ride drew praise from Moore who said: ''It was the perfect ride. He rode him exactly as we wanted him to.'' Marshall said: ''We had a lovely run on the fence. It was one of those races where everything fitted into place and in the end he won as he liked.
''I just wish they could all be like that.'' Diamond Coast had appeared to be working much better going into this race and Neville Begg's New Zealand import also benefited from a drop of 12 pounds during the season from a mark of 70 in Class Two to his current rating of 58 in Class Three.
Now that he has hit form he should be respected on his next couple of runs.
Yesterday he travelled well for Eric Saint-Martin who brought him to the centre of the track to challenge from 350 metres out.
Diamond Coast picked up but was never going to match Colours Hero's dash for the line.
There was plenty of support for Good As Gold who was blinkered for the first time. He was up on the speed but failed to find anything when asked for an effort by K. H. ''Little'' Hung.
Tony Cruz tacked across from the outside barrier to the inside and the rear of the field on Global King.
But the son of Palace Music found next to nothing when let down and Cruz commented: ''He's a very headstrong horse. I ride him as the owner is a friend of mine but he's a very difficult horse and is not really one to rely on.''