As Tsui hits top gear so does Horse Aplenty

PUBLISHED : Friday, 09 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 09 March, 2012, 12:00am


Me Tsui Yu-sak's stable is starting to fire on all cylinders with a double at the first March meeting at Sha Tin on Sunday and came home with two close seconds on Wednesday night's card at Happy Valley.

His promising import Horse Aplenty put the writing on the wall that he is heading in the right direction with a a good showing in the Class Three Flamingo Stakes (1,650m) behind Enthusing.

The four-year-old arrived off a mark of 70 from New Zealand and was struggling to stay the gallop in his November debut over 1,200m at Sha Tin, before striking trouble when last over 1,400m a month later with the blinkers on. But then the gelding started to show a bit of spark on the training ground and showed progress to finish sixth behind Leo's Pride on the all-weather track mile in January, followed by a two-length fifth to My Home Town over the Valley mile.

This time he was hard ridden from gate nine by in-form Zac Purton before dropping anchor rounding the first bend to settle second in the run behind late-fancied Floral Danica. He assumed the box-seat sit when Ottimo pressed forward at the 1,000m, shifted one off the fence while straightening, hit the front at the 100m and was collared in the shadows of the post by Enthusing.

Horse Aplenty raced under the name of Alarico for trainer Graham Richardson for two wins (1,400m) and a fifth (1,100).

He is a son of Falkirk, mated to Hunza Court mare Flying Spray. Falkirk enjoyed success in Down Under with eight wins under his belt from 1,100m to 1,300m, including the QTC Cup and Theo Marks Handicap and is represented by five winners from seven other starters in Hong Kong, topped by the Derby-bound Fay Fay and the retired Best City.

His dam Flying Spray chalked up only a single win at 1,400m and 11 other placings at a mile or under from 17 starts.

Horse Aplenty is the latest of six horses campaigned by the Hi-Lo Syndicate, whose claim to fame is the 104-rated Horse Galore, a five-year-old who has only missed the top-four on two of 22 occasions for four wins on both turf and dirt.