Hong Kong cast-offs enjoy fresh air in Sydney

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 23 June, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 23 June, 2009, 12:00am

Former Sha Tin-based horses are making their presence felt in Sydney, racing under the guiding hand of a young trainer who has held a licence for only three years.

Himself the son of a trainer, Marcus Wilson, 23, trains on an 81-hectare private facility in the Hunter Valley just north of Sydney and is getting results with a couple of well-known Hong Kong cast-offs appreciating some open space and fresh air.

Wilson recently won the Country Championship at Randwick with former John Moore-trained Carrizo Creek and failed by only a neck to make it an ex-Hong Kong double later on the same day with Helene Brilliant.

Helene Brilliant, once touted as a rising star under Tony Cruz before knee troubles curtailed his career, finished second at Randwick the same day and is in line for a feature race, the Takeover Target Stakes, at Gosford tomorrow.

Wilson was reported on Australia's Racing And Sports website as saying that he has a number of former Hong Kong gallopers, who 'take some time to acclimatise and hit their straps but they are enjoying the atmosphere'.

Another former Sha Tin-based galloper back in Sydney is Strong Gain, who won races for John Moore in 2007, and had his first race on the comeback trail last week in Sydney, finishing unplaced.