Eternal Beauty primed to make heads turn
Tony Cruz's newest recruit Eternal Beauty gave a sound performance on Wednesday night in the mixed Classes Three and Four Tung Lung Chau Handicap (1,200m) and a first win is right around the corner.
Eternal Beauty was caught seven wide in a mad dash for the front from gate 12 under Matthew Chadwick, eventually headed them off for the lead passing the 600m, straightened a length in front, went stride for stride with Fresh Air at the 200m and succumbed inside the final 20m after the hard run behind Oasis Davis.
The five-year-old hasn't been the soundest of runners after touching down in Hong Kong following a 1,400m win at Ruakaka in mid-June from six starts as a three-year-old in New Zealand.
He was sidelined in October 2009 with a right fore tendon injury, before facing the starter for the first time in January for trainer Me Tsui Yiu-sak. He came away a faltering 10th and again came back to the field at his next two starts over the same trip and at a mile, before showing improvement with a switch to sprinting at his final five outings for two seconds and a third over the 1,000m at both tracks. His season was cut short yet again by injury when requiring right fore arthroscopic knee surgery to remove bone chips in June.
He returned on November 24 in a Class Three over the same 1,200m at Happy Valley, but weakened after a rough trip and was reported after the race by his rider Jeff Lloyd to have made a significant breathing noise. He had a short break and resumed with a nice fourth behind Grand Dragon over the same trip last time and was transferred soon after to Cruz.
Amazing Sky is another seeking his first win in Hong Kong and has been flashing some positive signs with two improved sprint efforts back-to-back for David Ferraris.
He failed to match the early pace and was niggled to stay in touch in midfield by Greg Cheyne, angled into the clear four deep at the 250m and kept clawing back the margin to go under by 21/4 lengths to favourite Good Boy Boy.
With things looking in order, the five-year-old son of Desert Style must be kept safe when next stepping out over the 1,000m to 1,400m at either track with an apprentice claim to offer some weight relief for his small 983-pound frame.