There's more to come from Matsukaze

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

It wasn't so long ago that Matsukaze was on the slippery slide down the ratings into Class Five, but the four-year-old has not only rescued the situation, he's thriving, after another win in the Indigenous Handicap (1,400m) that showed another string to his bow.

Matsukaze (Alex Lai Hoi-wing) had been making progress leading in his races and settling better this season without blinkers, but yesterday the Ricky Yiu Poon-fai-trained grey sat behind the speed and was just as comfortable from there.

'Being the A course, I thought there might be a few other jockeys wanting to go forward underneath Matsukaze today with him drawing wide, so I asked Alex to try to sit him in behind,' said Yiu after the lightly-raced horse made it two victories from his past three outings over the trip.

His defeat had been at the hands of Soaring Dragon at his previous outing and that horse had won with some authority in a higher grade subsequently.

'It looked good form and I'm sure this horse is improving and has more improvement in him still,' said Yiu.

'He settled beautifully ridden behind today and just the fact that he is relaxing in his races suggests there is some more ahead with him.

'His racing style hasn't settled into any particular pattern yet.'

Yiu said he was in no hurry to step up the distance for Matsukaze just yet, but believed that he will definitely get a mile as he matured.