Nobody But You starting to get into his stride
Trainer Gary Ng Ting-keung is at the bottom of the trainers' premiership with only six winners, but appears to be heading in the right direction with Nobody But You after another positive performance in the Class Three Lai Chi Chong Handicap over the straight 1,000m on Easter Monday at Sha Tin.
The gelding arrived as a two-year-old off a mark of 75 from the Brian Meehan yard after scoring only once from four starts in Britain. One of his unplaced runs was at Longchamp in France in the Group Three Prix La Rochette (1,400m).
In training since December 2010, Nobody But You didn't return until January in a 1,000m sprint at Happy Valley. Living up to his 40-1 quote, he made some late progress after breaking slowly behind Hawthorne. It was followed up by an encouraging seventh to Mr Vigorous over 1,200m, but he didn't make an impact in his next three, before finishing third at 80-1 odds with a switch to the all-weather track last month from gate 10 behind Regency Luck.
On his latest outing, he was again trying the straight 1,000m and was once again doing his best work late after being crowded in mid point to finish fifth behind favourite Mi Savvy.
Nobody But You is bred to be a short-course specialist. He's a son of Kyllachy, a champion sprinter in Europe in 2002 and the local sire of six winners from 10 starters, chiefly the 125-rated retiree Dim Sum. His mother, Something Blue, has produced six short-course winners from seven starters. As such, Nobody But You is a full-brother to Mood Music, a winner of seven sprints in England, France, German and Italy.
The four-year-old is starting to come of age and will remain competitive at this level or prove hard to beat with a possible drop into Class Four over 1,200m to 1,400m at both courses.