Gibson has his yard in good order
Trainer Richard Gibson is enjoying a fine first campaign with five winners on the board and he can add to those numbers with fast-improving Friends Of Yan Oi and Turin Champion.
Friends Of Yan Oi was stepping out for his second start in the Class Three Bank Street Handicap (1,200m) on Wednesday night at Happy Valley after giving a decent sight on debut on October 23 over the same course and distance.
The import was a 1,110m winner on a synthetic surface at Geelong, twice third over 1,200m at Flemington and Gold Coast on a yielding track and four times fourth, including the Maribyrnong Trial from nine starts in Australia as Tricarico for trainer David Hayes.
Just like any other Gibson horse, the four-year-old has been showing plenty of zest in the mornings and his effort, showing a swift turn of foot for Olivier Doleuze to finish second to talented Aerosa, indicated he is ready to win in no time.
While Gibson has experimented with the shadow roll for both his runs, it's worth nothing he had performed well with side winkers in Australia.
The gelding is by the speedster General Nediym, a Group One Newmarket Handicap and Lightning Stakes winner; mated to an unraced Danehill mare who is a blood sister to Shovhog, a Listed-winning sprinter and multiple Group placed, including a second in the STC Golden Slipper Stakes. His second dam is Midnight Fever, a top two-year-old Filly of her generation in Australia when winning the Group One VATC Blue Diamond Stakes.
Turin Champion joined the Gibson camp after continuing his poor form last season for trainer Peter Ho Leung. He has since been showing plenty of spark and didn't disgrace himself when making late headway over 1,200m at Happy Valley 24 days ago with a gear change to a shadow roll.
This time he was sporting crossed nose band. Breaking from gate 10 for Tim Clark in the Class Four Des Voeux Handicap (1,000m), Turin Champion had to steady off the heels of Surfer Boy three times - at the 400m, 100m and 50m - before finishing an unlucky 2 ?length sixth behind exciting debut winner Happy Champion, another who will be winning more races.