Dash Ahead shows there is still life in his old legs
Evergreen Dash Ahead will turn nine in a few days, but that didn't stop the gelding appreciating a change of pace to land the sixth win of his lengthy career in the Luk Wu Handicap.
Dash Ahead (Ben So Tik-hung) could never be called a prolific winner, but he has long been as consistent as his get-back style of racing could allow.
After battling home respectably at his two previous outings when the pace of the races over 2,200m at Happy Valley, and then 1,600m at Sha Tin was against him, Dash Ahead revelled in the return to a decent tempo with Brave Spirit and Billion cutting out the lead.
It took him all of the 1,800m to arrive but, in receipt of 26 pounds from Billion, Dash Ahead snared victory over the grey right on the line, his fourth 1,800m win.
Trainer Peter Ho Leung said: 'Coming back this season at his age, Dash Ahead had been running very well in Class Four, but at nine-years-old I was not sure if he would still be able to win in Class Three.
'But the 10-pound claim helped today and so did the track. We followed the pattern of Super Bobo in the earlier race, coming down the middle of the track to win, because the rain during the day looked like it had slowed the rails section down and given an advantage to the horses running on,' he added.
Ho took his wins for the season along briskly to 11, the best start he has enjoyed for some time, with his past two years yielding just 15 and 16 wins in total, respectively.