Out-of-town Tsui enjoys hot day to fire up stable
Me Tsui Yu-sak was on Australia's Gold Coast inspecting horses yesterday, but it didn't stop his stable from firing and the team racked up a treble in his absence, with Rumba King, Happy Cha Cha and Just Fantastic all converting the wins they had threatened to deliver in earlier starts.
Tsui utilised new apprentice Alvin Ng Ka-chun's 10- pound claim to good advantage in Just Fantastic's win, and combined with some more experienced South African hands to get Rumba King (Piere Strydom) and Happy Cha Cha (Jeff Lloyd) over the line.
Rumba King was first cab off the rank and Strydom booted the equal favourite to a three-quarter length win over his heavily backed Super Caga on the all-weather track in the HKU Medical Alumni Handicap (1,200m).
Lloyd and Happy Cha Cha then completed a double in the HKU Space Handicap (1,800m) after a well-timed swoop around the field from Lloyd, who initially had his mount at the rear from barrier 14.
'I think the outside draw was an advantage for Happy Cha Cha the way the race was run, they went fast, and then when the slowed up, I could get around them, and getting going early was what won him the race,' Lloyd said.
'I had a tag the whole way and even though we were three deep, I was very confident that he'd find the required turn of foot over 1,800 metres. He does have a decent turn of foot, and he'll win more races, but he needs a little bit of space and time to wind up before he really lets down.'
The treble came via Ng's well used claim, with Tsui giving both the winning horse Just Fantastic and the young apprentice a warm-up in a barrier trial win earlier in the week.