Young Blue Caviar has appetite for more success
Raw sprinting talent Blue Caviar stepped out in style on debut and produced a potential-laden win which indicated there could be plenty more to come.
The four-year-old did it easily in a Class Four sprint up the Sha Tin straight course. Douglas Whyte positioned the Danny Shum Chap-shing just off the speed and then, when he asked for effort, found the necessary acceleration to put rivals away.
The nature of the win pointed to a horse who would take significant natural improvement from his first race experience. 'He's a very good horse ... he did it comfortably,' was Shum's assessment. The trainer added his gelding had undertaken significant physical development during the off-season.
Shum had produced the sprinter in an April trial, where he caught the eye behind Gurus Dream, that time with blinkers on. He trialled on Carnival Day - a solid fourth behind California Choice - sans shades.
The blinkers went back on in jump-out and remained in place yesterday.
'He's definitely a better horse with the blinkers on, without them he doesn't have his mind on the job,' he said. 'In his first trial back there's enough excitement and at the Carnival Day with the big crowd we didn't want him fired up and we didn't want him to do too much, so we left them off.'
Before setting a date for his next start, the trainer was waiting to see what rating his horse would get after the 11/2-length victory.
'We'll wait at least three weeks for another start, there's no point in rushing him,' Shum said.
Whyte said whatever the next assignment, Blue Caviar would be an even better proposition around a bend, where he could get cover and have the guidance of a running rail.
'I do think he'll be a better horse around a turn, he was a bit wayward when he did hit the front, but with a rail to guide him, he will let down nicely when he goes round a turn,' he said.
'He's very tractable, I thought he'd be a bit fired up with the blinkers. That's why I'd suggest we go round a turn next start, because if we can get some cover we'll be able to pull out off that and he'll have a lovely kick.'