Ricky Yiu Poon-Fai

Grey is a major player - it's as Simple as that

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 08 February, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 08 February, 2012, 12:00am


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A professional display in a Sha Tin turf trial suggested Simple should blitz his next assignment and overcome a hefty nine-point hike in the handicaps.

The Dennis Yip Chor-hong-trained four-year-old did everything asked of him by Douglas Whyte in his 1,000m straight hit-out yesterday, and did it in style.

Facing a field of mainly unraced Private Purchases, Whyte had Simple balanced and relaxed, sitting just off the speed, before slipping him some rein late and letting the grey stride to the lead.

The change of pace was eye-catching, given the apparent lack of effort, but so was the time - 59.09 seconds - easily the fastest of the morning. Simple was ninth on debut up the straight behind strong opposition, a race where Mickael Barzalona had the gelding on the wrong part of the track and racing erratically. Next start, with Whyte aboard over 1,200m, Simple showed a good turn of foot to put rivals away after racing wide and worst than midfield, coasting the last 100m to the line to win by 13/4 lengths.

Another progressive-looking and in-form sprinter to trial was Ricky Yiu Poon-fai's Jade Christy, who handled his 1,000m task with ease.

Sporting a shadow roll for the first time, after he got his head up slightly when third behind Gamekeepers last start, the solid-looking four-year-old was hard held and led all the way in a time of 59.91.