Yip's flashy youngsters are worth following
Dennis Yip Chor-hong's horses have been presenting themselves nicely lately and the young bloods Follow The Wind and Why Not are ready to score after positive performances at Sha Tin last Sunday.
Follow The Wind stepped out an 18-1 eighth chance in the Class Four Plantation Handicap over 1,600m. He was niggled along early after a clean break from gate two, stayed to the paint upon straightening, peeled into the clear at the 250m and was hitting the line with purpose to come up a close three-quarter length third behind The Only Kid.
The well-bred three-year-old, who is a HK$7 million Hong Kong International Sale graduate, was unplaced in his only griffin run last term on a good-to-yielding track in July, before showing inexperience when tending to lay in on a number of occasions behind G-One Winning in his season debut over 1,400m in mid-January and struggled after a deep trip in his February outing.
He is by star Danehill stallion Fastnet Rock and Perugino mare Gina Lollawitcha.
Fastnet Rock is a six-time winner in Australia and has enjoyed solid success in Hong Kong with eight winning foals from 12 starters, including the likes of Captain Sweet, Supreme Win and the retired Sichuan Success.
His dam came away a triple winner at 1,000m and 1,200m, including the Listed MRC Kevin Hayes Stakes and is a sister to the 11-time short-course and Group Three successful Lucky Diva and unraced Thelma's Decision, who is the dam of smart local performer Taiji Spirit.
Why Not, the three-year-old New Zealand-bred, was making his debut in the Class Four Lugard Handicap (1,200m) under the guidance of Douglas Whyte, who has done plenty of work with him.
He was ridden quietly and made steady ground over the final 200m to come home a 2?-length fourth off the classy newcomer Sea Diamond, clocking a good final 400m in 22.71 seconds.
His effort indicated he is going to have a bright future and is the one to keep following.
Why Not is a son of speedster General Nediym and Danehill mare Miss Debonair. General Nediym has been represented by short-course winners Bear Hero (1,000m) and Costa Del Sol, while Miss Debonair was a winner of four from 1,300m to 1,600m and his second dam On Air, was an AJC Australian Oaks winner and multiple Group placed.