Delighted owners to live life in Fast Lane
The Fast Lane showed he has acclimatised well with a stunning finish in the Lucky Star Handicap (1,200m) on Wednesday at Sha Tin.
The Peter Ho Leung-trained youngster has had three trials and went nicely in his final lead-up heat behind another promising one in Cosmo One 11 days ago up the Sha Tin straight and had shown good progress in his other exercises as well.
The Fast Lane had been well-trained in New Zealand with seven hit outs under the tutelage of Gareth McRae for a win when sporting blinkers and two seconds.
Despite a fruitful preparation, the four-year-old was unwanted in the betting at 93-1 in the 13-horse Class Four field, shortened by the late-withdrawal of Sun Speedy.
He was ridden early on by Alex Lai Hoi-wing after copping a bump from Tang Palace leaving from gate 12, was under a hard hands-and-heels ride, was given two swift strokes of the whip at the 400m while switching off Sharema Feeling at the 350m and kept on powerfully to come up a close half-length third to the front-running debut winner Gold Edition, with Hot Asset a neck further back in second.
The gelding is bred to be a precocious performer. He's a son of the Spinning World stallion Thorn Park, mated to the Royal Academy mare Finishing School.
Thorn Park was a nine-time winner up to 1,500m and a QTC Stradbroke winner and has been successful with half of his 16 starters in Hong Kong, including the likes of Bolero, Lunar Reflections, Flying In and Gift Is Gift.
The Fast Lane's mother was a double winner at 1,200m and Listed runner-up in the ARC Great Northern Foal Stakes and Avondale JC Fillies' Stakes for two-year-olds and has produced some talented race horses.
The Fast Lane will pan out to be a nice bread-and-butter player for the yard. He should prove an effective performer from 1,200m to a mile at both courses. And taking into account his effective trial win overseas with blinkers, he will have to be kept safe when Ho decides to add the gear.