Trialled and tested: United Efforts set to resume career
United Efforts has been off the scene since September after suffering a bleeding attack, but the Irish-bred galloper looks set to get his career back on track, judging by the evidence of his barrier trial win at Sha Tin last Friday.
United Efforts, ridden by Alex Lai Hoi-wing, was caught wide throughout, but hit the line under a strong hold and ran clearly the faster of the two heats, both in overall and last 400m sectional times.
United Efforts is raced by the 06-07 Peter Ho Leung Trainer Syndicate and was one of the early success stories for the concept.
He won stylishly in Class Two 12 months ago and then had just one more run before the season ended. He bled at his first run for the new term at Sha Tin on opening day (September 15).
Runner-up Veni Vedi Vici probably trialled as well as the winner. The Caspar Fownes-trained gelding was taken back in the field by Mark du Plessis but worked his way between runners to be within striking distance from the 600m. From there he continued to trial strongly, and always on the bridle.
The second trial over 1,200m on the all-weather was won stylishly by the Racing Club's Young Witness (Eddie Lai Wai-Ming) from Legend (Marco Chui Kwan-lai), albeit in a time that was 0.8 seconds slower than that of United Efforts.
Yesterday's two trials over 1,050m on dirt were highlighted by the three length win in the opening heat by Meridian Pride, handled by Du Plessis.