Dynamic Blitz fizzles on tough wet track
Hong Kong-trained sprinter Dynamic Blitz failed in another attempt at international glory last night as he found the 1,300m of the Macau Sand Premier Cup too testing.
The Ricky Yiu Poon-fai-trained dirt-tracker was stuck in the wet Taipa sand as wire-to-wire winner Golden Star stormed to a dominant victory.
Jockey Oliver Doleuze had Dynamic Blitz, an international winner on the dirt in Dubai earlier this year, positioned second in the run and chasing the runaway leader.
As he turned for home, Doleuze realised the gelding 'had nothing left', as he faded to finish third.
'It was just too far,' Doleuze said.
'At the turn I thought, 'he's going to catch him', but in the last 150m I could feel he was finished. He is not 100 per cent at his top.'
Yiu has limited options for the seven-year-old, whose rating keeps him out of races on his preferred all weather surface in Hong Kong, but stops him from being competitive on the turf, where he is far less effective.
'We had a good try,' Yiu said.
'It was the first time he had raced beyond 1,200m and with the track rain-effected, he found it too much.'
Golden Star, trained by Gary Moore who is the brother of Hong Kong trainer John, holds the 1,300m track record at Taipa and showed why with his bold front-running effort. The winner was heavily supported late and started 4-1equal favourite with Dynamic Blitz.
'He's an outstanding racehorse and just loves the sand and dirt,' Moore said. 'I've only had him for a month. We hope that can get us an invite to Dubai.'
The HK$2.4 million event marked the first time internationally-trained horses not from Hong Kong have been invited to race in Macau.
As well as Dynamic Blitz, the race attracted two horses from England and one from Australia - all of which finished unplaced.
The brainchild of Macau Jockey Club chief executive Thomas Li, the race was scheduled to coincide with the Macau Grand Prix, but it was hoped it could fill a niche in an increasingly packed international racing calendar.
Macau Jockey Club director of racing Michael Beattie said the aim was to provide a testing ground for horses hoping to race at Dubai's rich carnival in February and March.
'It's a massive step forward for Macau racing to have the foresight to move into the international sphere,' he said.
'The timing, especially being on a non-turf surface, means we can be a springboard to Dubai. The nominations for Dubai close in November so it is foremost in trainer's minds. And it doesn't put us in conflict with Hong Kong, which is purely for turf horses.'