Gelded Zaidan's mind back on job
A gelding operation seems to have had the desired effect on the John Moore-trained Zaidan, who produced a tidy 1,000m turf trial at Sha Tin on Tuesday.
Darren Beadman positioned the northern hemisphere bred Private Purchase near the tail of the field after a sluggish jump.
But after travelling effortlessly early, Beadman slipped the son of Street Cry three-year-old the tiniest bit of rein and got the desired result, a nice sprint home to finish a length away from winner Regency King.
Zaidan came to Moore after four starts in England, including a Listed win over 1,400m and began life in Hong Kong off the tough rating of 89.
He quickly acclimatised, finishing second on debut to stablemate Leading City in Class One and then narrowly defeating handy Familists.
After that, bad habits crept in. The colt sweating up pre-race and becoming difficult to load at the barriers.
The results showed on the track with a trio of sub-par performances to end the season. Yesterday's effort is an indication castration has Zaidan's mind back on the job. He will resume off a mark of 100 but has the scope for further improvement.
In the first 1,000m heat, the Tony Cruz-trained Bullish Champion showed some encouraging signs ahead of a tough Hong Kong debut on Sunday.
The Irish-bred son of Exceed And Excel led all the way in fine style under a quiet ride by Matthew Chadwick. He will be thrown in the deep end, taking on Eagle Regiment and King Mossman over 1,200m.
Bullish Champion (rated 90) won two from five in England as a two-year-old and was placed twice at Group Two level.