Slow periods happen to everyone, says Cheng

PUBLISHED : Monday, 07 March, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 07 March, 2011, 12:00am

Howard Cheng Yue-tin claims he wasn't being worried by the growing number of outs next to his name over recent weeks - but a weight was certainly lifted from his shoulders when Polygold finally got his act together to win the Topaz Handicap (1,400m) as part of a rare double for trainer Andy Leung Ting-wah.

Cheng was creeping towards the century with 89 winless rides, but Polygold helped him shake off a slow start to 2011 with a come from behind win at his 23rd start in Hong Kong.

'This horse arrived with a very high rating and it has taken him all this time to drop back to Class Five and get his win, but I think he will bounce up from here and should be able to win his way back to Class Four,' Cheng said.

'Andy told me before the race that he was a very small horse that doesn't like to be bumped around, so we dropped him out the back early and came wide around the field to keep his confidence up.

'It was good to get back on a winner, but I was in no hurry, slow periods happen to everyone.'

Leung split the training honours with champion horseman John Size - and recorded a double when Longwah Rising burst through to claim the Crystal Handicap (1,400m) by a head with the resuming Alex Lai Hoi-wing in the irons.