Marwing leaves it late as Chater D'Cat and talented Kyara swoop past rivals
A late double to trainer David Ferraris with Chater D'Cat and Kyara winning the final two races was enough for Weichong Marwing to claim the Jockey Challenge as he stormed over the top, both figuratively and literally, to get the better of his rivals.
Marwing did not subscribe to the theory that the rails was the place to be on the all-weather track and brought his well-fancied Chater D'Cat away from the fence to record the only victory off the rail from seven races on the dirt.
'Chater D'Cat had been running his guts out on the turf and never quite getting there, but as soon as we switched him to the dirt he really took to it,' Marwing said. 'I think in fairness you can look at the results today and argue that the dirt track was not that biased today, the first two winners led and were in low-class races, and the horses that came from behind and stayed to the inside like Spectacular Award and Watch What Happens were probably going good enough to win even if they had come wider out.'
Ferraris was happy to claim the win in whichever lane Marwing chose down the straight and the margin of a length to runner-up Floral Picasso, with 1 1/4 lengths to Flying China in third left the trainer with few worries in the run.
'We've worked out that he is a strictly a dirt horse so the plan is to keep him on this surface and let him progress through the divisions,' Ferraris said.
'I wasn't disappointed with him first time out this season, you can only get them so fit without racing them, and he had definitely come on for that run today.'
Marwing swooped past his rivals again in the last race to bag another 12 points on the way to his come-from-behind Jockey Challenge victory, which saw him rack up a total of 30 points from his two winners and a second on True Intelligence.
'Kyara ran well for me first-up and I was glad to get back on him and get his first win,' Marwing said. 'He's a young horse, has only had four starts, and can still do a few little things wrong, so once he settles better, he has definite improvement in him.
'Until he learns how to settle I think 1,400 metres is perfect for him, because there is enough pace for him over this distance for him to not race too fierce.'
Ferraris added: 'Kyara is a bit soft mouthed, we've tried a couple of gear changes on him and had the shadow roll on him again today to try to keep his head down.
'He still didn't get it quite right, but I think he's a very nice horse if we can just get his head carriage right. I think he'll run a strong mile and he's got a future.'