Fast finish makes up for slow start

PUBLISHED : Monday, 18 April, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 18 April, 2011, 12:00am


The best laid plans of Me Tsui Yu-sak went out the window when Great Show hopped out slowly from his good draw, but Howard Cheng Yue-tin kept his cool and still managed to navigate his way to victory in the opening event. Great Show struggled to match the early tempo and, instead of landing in the box seat as planned, the Black Minnaloushe gelding almost found himself playing the role of the little red caboose as the field passed the post the first time around. 'Great Show wasn't very straight-forward, it was the first time I'd been on the horse and I just tried to follow the instructions of the trainer,' Cheng said. 'Initially we wanted to box seat from gate two, but when the horse was slowly out, we had to settle further back, but we stayed to the inside and he gave me a very strong finish. It was actually like the last time he won with Douglas Whyte on board.'