Prebble has high hopes for Yip's rising stars

PUBLISHED : Monday, 16 March, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 16 March, 2009, 12:00am

Brett Prebble registered his 10th winner for the season for Dennis Yip Chor-hong when Go Lucky Go completed a double for the yard that contained much more promise than the face value of yesterday's result.

Sunrise ($25.00) made it back-to-back wins and cemented Prebble's good opinion of him by coming from more than nine lengths off the lead at the 800m to score handsomely, despite shouldering topweight of 133 pounds. Three races later, Go Lucky Go won in remarkably similar circumstances, also over the 1,400m circuit, to give Yip something to look forward to as this pair of southern hemisphere-bred four-year-olds shoot into Class Three.

'They might have looked similar wins but they are quite different horses,' said Prebble, who also steered 16 points worth of placings to take the Jockey Challenge for the fourth time in the space of seven race meetings [he did not ride on Wednesday night after coming down with the flu].

'Sunrise is the more developed horse. He's stronger and rounder, and he handled the 133 pounds very well today.

'He's given them a big start again and rounded them up pretty easily, though a strong pace was undoubtedly in his favour. He's out of a mare by [champion staying sire] Zabeel and I'm sure he'll get over more ground later on.'

He added: 'Go Lucky Go is a bit different. He's still a bit light, a bit less furnished and is taking time to strengthen.

'Dennis has done a very good job to get him this far and he might even give him a break now. He's had a tough run today but showed himself to be a fairly decent galloper in the making.'

The best price bet about Prebble in the Jockey Challenge was $5.50 and his supporters were on good terms with themselves as soon as arch-rival Douglas Whyte met defeat on warm favourite Aashiq in the first race, where Prebble did not have a ride.

After Sunrise's big win to defeat Whyte on Amazing Flyer, the 'in play' price about Prebble tightened to $3.20 and by mid meeting all his rivals had a huge task on their hands to peel back the margin.

Whyte had the final hope, because if outsider Lasker had been able to land the last race, he and Prebble would have been locked at 40 points apiece, with two wins each. Alas, after being given every chance by the Durban Demon, Lasker faded in the final 200m to finish fifth.

Going strong

Brett Prebble and Dennis Yip have combined 56 times this term for a winning strike rate of: 14%