Marshall makes it all look Truly Easy
HIGHLIGHT of a frustrating day for top jockey John Marshall was the win of Truly Easy (10-1) in the modest distance race on yesterday's Sha Tin card. And trainer Peter Tse Yan-sid, who has always been among the backmarkers in the trainers' championship, could not have been more pleased as he led in his third winner of the season. Truly Easy was having only his 12th start and the six-year-old former private purchase griffin finally broke through for a win - to the obvious pleasure of owner Sanford Yung who once raced the mighty Silver Lining.
Truly Easy won well from topweight Saint Dragon Hill (20-1), who produced a much better performance than his last outing at the Valley, with Polygain (20-1) taking third spot. The New Zealand import had finished fourth at his first start of the season behind Supreme Sovereign at the city track and Marshall had no doubt that his previous run had brought him on considerably. 'He ran very well behind Supreme Sovereign who really made it a one-horse race but when I worked him for Peter [Tse] after that, he had very clearly benefitted from the run.
'He ran some good races for me last season and I was not in the least surprised that he ran so well today. But it is a bonus to get the win because he has not actually gone right on and won before.' Saint Dragon Hill got lost in transit last time but with claimer Ricky C. K. Chung taking over, the weight came down appreciably and, on his best staying form, the topweight had to be conceded a chance. Chung hit the front soon after they straightened but Marshall had him in his sights and swooped inside the last 100 metres.
Bottomweight Green World had set a hectic pace in front and kept going quite well into the straight - making life awkward for Julie Krone on last start winner, Supreme Sovereign. With Green World out in front, Krone had to do the donkey work in carting the field up to the leader and Supreme Sovereign did not have much left when it mattered. He faded out of it to finish 12th. Polygain produced a useful run and now that he has descended to these depths, trainer Brian Kan Ping-chee may conjure up a distance win out of him.
Everbright (5-1) failed to live up to expectationsfollowing a good run at the Valley last time behind shock winner Joyful Delight. Ridden by visiting Australian jockey Peter Hutchinson, the six-year- old was never a serious threat in the event and dropped back to finish 10th.
The race favourite was A Fortune (4-1) who was facing the testing 2,000 metres first-up. He was given every chance by French ace Eric Legrix but simply could not see it out.
A Fortune is a useful stayer in lower grade races and will come on a bundle from this run -- but the odds were very short for a race such as this.