It will pay to put trust in Fownes' newcomers
LAWRIE Fownes was the trainer to note when it came to stable changes last season and he could just be your man again.
Trust Myself, Plenty Cash, Super Bingo II, Speedy Kid and Enthusiasm are examples of horses joining Fownes and winning on their first or second start for the former champion trainer of Calcutta.
During the summer he had the bonus of receiving the classy Hong Kong Supreme who created such a favourable impression in his first season with Patrick Biancone last term.
Hong Kong Supreme has put on plenty of condition and looks far more robust than last season since making the move.
On that basis, he may need his first run of the campaign but he is starting to work like a horse capable of holding his own in top company. He went very impressively down the home straight at yesterday's busy Sha Tin trackwork session.
There was also much to like about the way Derek Cruz's Wind Dancer dismissed galloping companion Blue And Gold in a searching piece. Wind Dancer has surely put last season's bleeding attack behind him.
Cruz's griffin winner from last season, Lifo, went well enough in a solid piece with Lucky Optimists.
Silver Arrow is proving to be an enigma for the Cruz yard. He disappointed badly first time out but has won a trial in good style since and yesterday went fluently with luckless Derby third, Our Pal.
Wylie Wong's Fun And Smile went into the notebook first time out over an inadequate mile and did so again yesterday in a good piece with Dragon Leader. The same trainer's A Secret Weapon and Jewellery Star, two most progressive types from last season, also impressed and look to have more races within their compass.
Chris Cheung appears to have worked the oracle with True Brother who is ready to improve. He's going very smoothly and could be betting material.
John Moore's Peony looked to have a touch of quality about him as he went significantly better than Trustwell.