Catch Your Eyes looks ready to go
The David Hall-trained Catch Your Eyes continued his rapid development with a speedy front-running turf trial at Sha Tin yesterday.
The impressive-looking son of Encosta de Lago followed up his solid effort on the grass three weeks ago by rocketing through a jump-and-run 800m test in 46.63.
Hall's go-to man Brett Prebble took the reins and clicked up the four-year-old early, who responded by scampering away to a big lead in the middle stages.
The big chestnut showed some greenness when he wanted to wander to the centre of the track with 200m to go and Prebble gave him a slap with the whip to keep his mind on the job.
Of the many unraced Private Purchase Griffins on display, the Tony Millard-trained Supreme Hong Kong was among the best.
The Australian-bred three-year-old last trialled on October 11, when he led all the way after being hunted to the front, then scooting away to score by 31/4 lengths.
This time Matthew Chadwick sat off the speed, but the Elusive Quality rig was no less impressive, effortlessly sliding up the outside rail in his 1,000m jump out to win by a short head in 58.96s.
Others to impress in a marathon set of 11 trials were John Moore-trained Straight Gold, a Private Purchase with strong Australian juvenile form. Sean Woods produced Kensworth Kid for another forward showing and the Dennis Yip Chor-hong-trained Lucky Young Ones, who looked an athletic type.
In the dirt trials, Australian Group Two winner Brightexpectations showed some ability on the alternate surface with a strong effort.