Young Supreme and Tattenhall Delight frank dirt form
Trainer Andy Leung Ting-wah dominated yesterday's barrier trial session at Sha Tin, winning two of the three heats with Young Supreme and Tattenhall Delight.
Leung certainly knows how to get his runner's to travel on the dirt and demonstrated again why he has chalked up five-race wins on the surface this season.
Stable rider Brett Doyle allowed the lightly raced Young Supreme to take early control and the gelding led all the way to put a recent unacceptable performance behind him and claim 1,050m heat one in a slick time of 63 seconds flat.
Stewards have now passed the 67-rated Invincible Spirit gelding fit to return to the races after a disappointing effort at Sha Tin over 1,400 metres on May 1 when he tailed off 50 lengths last.
The three-year-old was only tried over the minimum 1,000m trip before arriving, and perhaps wasn't suited by the step up to 1,400m so early in his first preparation.
The John Moore-trained Master Power and the Caspar Fownes-trained Dumbarton Rock also stretched out nicely with plenty in reserve on the line.
That trial time was more than a second better than both the other heats, and by the way he travelled a better performance can be expected next time.
Stablemate Tattenhall Delight also relished the return back to the dirt surface where he won first-up last season and ran home the winner of the 1,050m heat three in 64.52 seconds.
Doyle got busy on the Green Perfume gelding, riding him hard from the 200m to peg back leader Shatin Treasure by a short head. The trial was a good wake-up call for the seven-year-old, who has been performing below par this term and hasn't won a race since October 2008.
The second heat was taken out by the Tony Cruz-trained Prime Champion, but it was John Size's Derby runner Tuscan Spirit who took the eye in finishing a length second. Douglas Whyte asked little of the 108-rater and he looks to be coming along well for his next assignment.