Deposer finally putting it all together after six months in the wilderness
Deposer was certainly brought with much higher aspirations, but the tearaway Irish-bred four-year-old at least managed to break through to win his first race in the Class Three University Hall Alumni Association Handicap (1,400m).
Backing up from a run six days earlier on the all-weather, Deposer (Ben So Tik-hung) took up his usual spot on the lead but the difference in yesterday's Class Three event was that the gelding kept going.
Deposer arrived with only one win in Britain, but had multiple Group and Listed race placings and a rating high in Class Two on 96. He was here for the classics, but that became another story.
Trainer Peter Ho Leung believes an early gelding operation to calm the four-year-old had the opposite effect to the one expected. 'After he was gelded, it has taken time for him to recover so he hasn't been showing his true form,' Ho explained.
In fact, the gelding has been taking charge of his riders on most occasions in the lead and running himself into the ground, but the drop of nearly 20 points in the ratings and his descent into Class Three has seen his form pick up.
In early May, he finished third down the straight 1,000m course at his first run in the grade, then So got it wrong in his run last weekend on the dirt.
'He made a mistake last week and it meant the horse had a tough run on the dirt but everyone can make a mistake. I gave Ben another chance on the horse and he took it,' Ho said.