Exciting Expedience looks ready made
Peter Ng Bik-kuen's well-bred youngster Expedience showed he is progressing nicely with another forward barrier trial on the Sha Tin turf yesterday.
Expedience is by a proven Hong Kong sire Elusive Quality and out of smart former racemare Johan's Toy, who was unlucky not to win at Group One level in Australia, and he seems set for success, judging by his two zippy trials so far.
The three-year-old bounced beautifully in his 800m heat, maintained at least a length lead throughout, without pressure from Derek Leung Ka-chun, and beat John Moore's import Frederick Engels by half-a-length in a time of 47.21, more than half a second quicker than the other jump-out over the same trip.
In his 1,000m turf trial two weeks ago, the gelding sat just off the speed, travelling in a relaxed manner in between runners. He responded promptly to a shake of the reins to move forward, then showed competitiveness to nose out Money Win Wins.
Not only was Johan's Toy a top-level performer, especially over the famed Randwick mile, but her half-brother Extra Zero was placed in the VRC Derby and won at Group Two level.
Expedience cost A$50,000 (HK$417,506) at the Australian Easter Yearling Sale and a half-sister by Golden Slipper winner Sebring is on offer at this year's sale.
Frederick Engels, a three-year-old colt, starts off a mark of 92 after a juvenile season which garnered three wins from six starts, including a Group Two win in the July Stakes at Newmarket.
Frederick Engels was ridden by Jeff Lloyd in his first local outing and was passed by stewards, galloping with a distinctive high head carriage and doing his work keenly.
Others to impress in the seven turf trials include Spicy Siam, with two-year-old Amber Sky again showing impressive early speed in the same heat, Capital Champion and 67-rated Private Purchase Uwillbeglorious, who produced the fastest 1,000m trial of the morning (58.77).
The second of two 1,050m all-weather track trials featured solid hit outs by Aashiq, Leading City and Admiration as the trio progress to the Queen's Silver Jubilee Cup (1,400m) on Sunday week.