Yiu has imposing Share Of Gold set for first-up riches
Zac Purton has done plenty of leg work in preparing some handy young horses for the races, and trainer Ricky Yiu Poon-fai turned to the in-form jockey to guide talented three-year-old Share Of Gold in the trial of the morning at Sha Tin yesterday.
Purton and Yiu have combined with a few nice barrier triallers in recent months, but the jockey was also prominent on heat winners for Danny Shum Chap-shing, Sean Woods and Andreas Schutz yesterday, and is seemingly carrying his winning momentum through from last Saturday's race-day treble.
Share Of Gold kicked away at the end of his 1,000-metre turf heat, stopping the clock in the handy time of 58.9 seconds and putting runner-up Everybody Sings to the sword by 4 1/2 lengths.
Yiu has steadily brought his young Thorn Park gelding to the boil with four barrier trials, the last two of which have resulted in wins, and this effort for Purton will see him winning at the races very soon.
Although the three-year-old always travelled close to the advantaged outside rail, there is plenty of potential for him to improve off an imported mark of 52 as soon as Yiu finds a suitable target - of which there are many towards the end of the month.
Purton also won on the Shum-trained What A Heart, who claimed the only 1,050m dirt heat of the morning in 62.34 seconds, the Woods-trained Full Tank, and Schutz's import Owain.
Owain was trained by Chris Dwyer in Great Britain for one win and five placings from his eight starts, and arrived on a rating of 65.
He was primarily tried over sprint trips, but ran a placing on the polytrack at his only start over a mile, and the way he finished off his hit-out suggested that is where he will end up being most effective in time.