There's a lot more Cash in store

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 05 October, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 05 October, 2010, 12:00am

Green Cash turned in a positive performance to be a clear-cut second in the Class Three Chongqing Handicap behind the short-priced favourite Vitality Express and can be penciled in as a future winner from the National Day meeting.

The Sean Woods-trained four-year-old, who stayed on for a close seventh over the 1,200m and eighth over the 1,400m in two runs last season, gave every indication after a one-paced seventh behind Blessing when resuming on September 12 over the 1,400m that a step up in trip was on the cards.

Woods fitted him with side winkers and stepped him up over the 1,800m in a six-runner contest and showed a nice turn of foot in the final 200m under the guidance of Jeff Lloyd.

Green Cash arrived last season off a mark of 73 for two yielding course wins at 1,200m and 1,400m and three placings from seven starts in New Zealand. He is a son of the 2003 New Zealand Guineas winner King's Chapel and the exceptional black-type family of the Last Tycoon mare Trephina. He is also a half brother to three Australian winners, including the Group Three winning pair of Centennial Park (six wins to 1,400m) and Ballack (five wins from 2,000m to 2,200m).

Woods has Green Cash on the right track and the chestnut should be able to earn a trip to the winner's circle over a distance range of 1,600m up to 2,000m.

He also gives the impression from trackwork and trials to possibly be able to pull off a surprise result on the all-weather track.

Just like any other Peter Ho Leung horse, The Untouchablelad showed he had come back from a break in good order with an eye-catching 41/2-length eighth to Bullish King down the unsuitable straight course.

He was beaten for speed and hard ridden by Ben So Ting-hung to stay in touch from the rear, but eventually got going and was the only horse to make ground.

Nothing had been expected of the 81-1 outsider, but the four-year-old will be more fancied in the market and a return to his preferred Valley course.

The Untouchablelad is a son of the Danehill stallion Monolith and is a half brother to Royal Admiral, the only other starter from a Lord Ballina mare and an eight-time winner from 1,400m to 2,000m, including a success in Singapore's Queen Elizabeth II Cup.