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Import Tailwind acclimatising nicely to his new home
Trainer Me Tsui Yu-sak has done a good job of settling Tailwind into his new surroundings and the four-year-old hit the ground running at the barrier trial session yesterday, clocking the fastest 1,000m heat of the morning at 59.9 seconds.
Formerly known as Offhanded and trained by Peter Snowden in Australia, Tailwind settled nicely under Howard Cheng Yue-tin at his third barrier trial since arriving, and you can expect the gelding to be making a strong Hong Kong debut.
Tailwind was a four-time winner in Australia, twice at both 1,200m and 1,400m, but also placed third in two Group races at the same distances.
Ricky Yiu Poon-fai's import, Toast For Trophy, has already received a mention in this column, and the gelding produced another eye-catching performance under Zac Purton to win heat six over 1,000m in a time of 60.93 seconds.
The fastest of the three 800m heats belonged to Dennis Yip Chor-hong's Costa Del Sol, who took an early sit behind the pacesetters before being urged to the front by Douglas Whyte to stop the clock at 47.09 seconds, eight tenths quicker than the next fastest 800m heat won by White Heart King.
Costa Del Sol is a 52 rated PPG, and what was most impressive about his third trial, and second trial win, was that he looks as though he is a horse who will appreciate further than the minimum trip once he gets into his preparation.