Humongus and Little Dreams can keep win tally ticking over nicely for Schutz
Andreas Schutz is enjoying a revitalised campaign with 18 successes already on the board and can get stable acquisition Humongus to the winner's circle following a promising third in the Class Five Pottinger Handicap (1,650m) on Sunday at Happy Valley.
Humongus was never disgraced in five outings for trainer Andy Leung Ting-wah, before jumping ship after a one-paced sixth behind Star Of Chiu Ton with substantial mucopus in his trachea mid-December.
Schutz has made good use of top jockey Douglas Whyte to the tune of a 26 per cent win clip with five winners from 19 starters, and he was called into action again on the 3-1 favourite.
The five-year-old was a bit awkward into stride from gate seven, ridden along to take a position in midfield with cover as Prosperity Kid and Tout Va Bien were cutting out decent fractions, but was forced to steady by Brett Prebble on Winning Pal. He then laid in under pressure while coming home in the five-deep position for third - 21/2 lengths behind Winning Pal and a quarter-length off Epee De Hua.
The lightly framed gelding will surely come on for this run having not been in action in 124 days and, off a competitive mark of 29, will be hard to beat when next stepping out.
With a pedigree mix of Encosta De Lago and a Private Account mare, Schutz can again experiment running him over the 1,800m with a claimer to negate his light-frame 990 pounds. And out of the Private Account breed, he deserves another shot on the all-weather track and ground with some cushion.
Stablemate Little Dreams was another to catch the eye after having been moved back to Schutz.
Little Dreams was partnered by Prebble and started the co-longest priced at 21-1 odds in the 10-runner, Class One Chiu Lung Handicap (1,650m), after having been sidelined for 187 days.
He was given a patient ride with only the race favourite Jacobee further back, but once turning for home, was rapidly picking them up to come up just a half-length second behind Cerise Cherry.
It was a sensational training performance in defeat by Schutz, who had to nurture the five-year-old back from a cannon bone fracture suffered a few days after an October win over this course and distance.
Little Dreams had originally been in Schutz's hands for two non-threatening runs before switching to Moore, who was able to extract a win and seven top-four finishes.
With the wet track season on the horizon, the French-bred son of Della Francesca and the Kendor mare Little Anchor will be worth following and should give Schutz a deserving win for his hard work.
Worth the break
Little Dreams caught the eye with a fast-finishing second at his first run after an injury lay-off of (days): 187
Humongus, who trialled and worked well, made a good impression for his new yard when sent out at odds of: 3-1