Brave Horse Galore is a winner waiting to happen
Ever-improving Horse Galore made a good impression after putting up a brave run in defeat in the Tai Tam Handicap - a Class Three sprint over the 1,200m at Happy Valley on Wednesday night.
He had already put the writing on the wall 27 days earlier in the Class Three Ireland Trophy when keeping on strongly for fourth behind Jumbo Gold, beaten 11/2 lengths, despite an average jump and being caught wide during the first half of the 1,200m sprint under regular rider Howard Cheng Yue-tin.
This time Cheng had his mind set on being up on the speed from gate 10 on a tricky 'C' course and was caught in a speed duel with the late-fancied favourite Vintage Hussler to his inside and Bet On Me posted directly to his outside.
Through splits of 23.69 (400m) and 46.75 (800m), the trio had travelled on near level terms, but Bet On Me and Vintage Hussler faded at the 300m and 120m-mark. Horse Galore kept up a strong gallop to be only swamped in the final 30m for a 11/4-length fourth behind Rainbow Seeker, who enjoyed the run of the race.
Horse Galore arrived off a mark of 67 for a 1,010m win and three placings from four sprints on the turf and polytrack in Britain. He started off with two fourths from three Sha Tin runs, before ending the term with a nice win and third at the city course.
The Irish-bred is a mating of Choisir, a global sprint champion in 2003 and sire of this season's Royal Ascot sprint star Starspangledbanner, and the lightly raced Mujadil mare Queen's Victory, a 1,000m winner and Listed placed in Britain.
At three years of age, he's going to have improvement to come and, off a mark of 70, should have a good selection of sprints to profit from on the turf and dirt.
David Ferraris' Supreme De Union put the writing on the wall with a strong neck second behind Jun Dao in the American Club Challenge Cup over the 1,000m with first-time blinkers. The lightly raced import was having his first run in nearly seven months after being sidelined with lameness to both forefeet and his right shoulder in April and a stress fracture to a right fore cannon in May.