Bayview Boy gives Tse a scenic victory
TRAINER Peter Tse Yan-sid, anchored at the bottom of the table, finally saw the brighter side of Hong Kong racing yesterday when long-time stable inmate Bayview Boy (20-1) scored a determined win in the final event at Sha Tin.
Tse, with only two winners, chalked up his third success after 41 races without success when Darren Gauci powered Bayview Boy past game front-runners Lucky Clover (9-1) and Evasive Tactic (40-1) to land the Classes One and Two, 1,600-metre event.
A delighted Tse said: ''I have only a small stable and don't have too many chances but Bayview Boy has been a good horse for me over the past two seasons.
''I really did think he would run a good race today and I was not worried about the distance although his winning form has been over shorter than this.'' Gauci, who has had a great run of success lately, said: ''I only cantered the horse the day before the race and I honestly thought he might need the run.
''But he seemed to saddle up a lot better today and he felt good going to the post.
''We were somewhere in midfield because there was quite a pace and I knew coming to the turn that there was no use going round them or I wouldn't be there.
''So I had to sit and wait for a break and when it came, Bayview Boy certainly responded and I suddenly realised that this was one we could win.'' Game bottomweight Lucky Clover (9-1) was involved in a battle for virtually all the 1,600 metres with Evasive Tactic (40-1) whose best form is on equitrack. The two front-runners kept on going and Bayview Boy only got their measure in the final 50 metres.
Flop of the race was favourite Winning Chance (7-2) whose runs in the Classic Trial and the Derby had been first class. But he finished ninth for Eric Saint Martin and ran like a horse who may have peaked for the big ones that are now behind him.
Trainer John Moore and stable jockey John Marshall combined again to land some silverware - this time the Sports Club Golden Jubilee Challenge Cup.
Jollity (9-1) did the business for the successful duo but the trainer confirmed that it took a lot of patient work in the stable to get the winner right.
''He's had a back problem for some time and we have worked him over a lot with a magnetopulse machine. That did the trick and I was pretty sure that he was getting back to his best - and he did show that,'' said Moore.
Jollity, cruising behind the leaders, simply shifted up a gear for Marshall and mowed down Splendid Chance (20-1), who ran his best race for some time.
Race favourite Leprechuan (7-2) did not have the clearest of runs but finished on fairly for third while both Link Treasure (9-2) and Dragon Leader (4-1) disappointed, finishing seventh and 10th respectively.