Tsui gets it right this time as youngsters greet judge

PUBLISHED : Monday, 05 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 05 March, 2012, 12:00am


Me Tsui Yu-sak admitted he had erred with the placement of both of his winners at their last start, but he got the race scheduling spot on with a couple of smart three-year-olds.

The veteran trainer sent Wah May Star to the dirt last start and it was beaten as favourite, while Keen Marie had been progressed through his first three runs at 1,200m, 1,000m and 1,400m - which he found a bridge too far.

This time round, Wah May Star was dominant over 1,200m back on the turf and, with the benefit of a seven-day back up, Keen Marie ground down Cosmic Boom over the same trip.

'We went too fast on the all-weather track with Wah May Star and he had a wide gate, he had to do too much work and had no power left in the finish, while the jump from 1,000m to 1,400m was just too hard for Keen Marie,' Tsui said.

Wah May Star was one of Douglas Whyte's five winners for the day, and he was bullish about the grey's prospects after his first ride of the horse, who has now won four from eight and three races this season.

'I've always liked him, he has a beautiful action,' Whyte said. 'I really think they went too hard on him last time on the dirt and he was a sitting duck and he is not that type of horse.

'Today he had the perfect run behind the leader and he really let down.'

The gelding's fluent, long-striding style leads Whyte to believe his future might be over further.

'He knows how to throw his legs out and cover some ground,' he said. 'I think he could mature into a nice staying horse, probably just a mile at moment ... but horses that relax like him can get further.'

It was Zac Purton's first ride on Keen Marie, part of a double for the Aussie which took his season tally to 36.

'He is still immature and a little bit weak, so I think he'll take some time and develop and go on with it next season,' Purton said. 'He is still learning, when he got clear of the pack he wandered around.'