Newcomer gives Prize showing
ALEX Wong Yu-on has produced a number of classy griffins over the last few seasons - Deerfield, Winning Chance and Supreme Monarch spring readily to mind.
Yesterday, he gave his Show Dancer gelding, Grand Prize, his racecourse debut and while he is not in the same class as the likes of Deerfield, he is an almost certain future winner.
He missed the start in yesterday's seventh event, eventually won by the appropriately-named Outsider II at 45-1.
But he responded well to Jackie C. K. Tse's urgings in the initial stages to take a reasonable position just beyond mid-division only to then race a little greenly rounding the bottom bend.
Once he saw daylight in the straight he fairly ate up the ground to run third, shaping as if the experience will bring him on considerably.
He should also do better when pushed up from 1,400 metres to a mile.
The brothers Cruz were out of luck yesterday but a number of their runners went firmly into the notebook for future betting reference.
Cambridge Success was probably the most promising effort as he was behind and very wide round the bottom bend before making up considerable ground in the straight in the sixth event won by Call Me Horse.
The New Zealand-bred private purchase griffin has only had two runs in his life and on both occasions he's run like a stayer. Watch out for him when he tackles more ground.
Yesterday's 1,400 metres was patently too short and he may need to go to 1,800 metres to prevail.