Talented local trainer Ricky Yiu Poon-fie is known more for his prolific end-of-season campaigns rather than hitting the lids like a trap one sprinter at the Candidroma.
Thus it was no surprise to see his promising youngster Wavy Wave out of the placings in last night's second event won by Superior Dollar who, if you'll forgive the canine imagery, stripped as fit as a butcher's dog.
Wavy Wave, a good looking son of Chief's Crown, has only run twice in his career and both these outings have been at Sha Tin. He raced once as a griffin over 1,400 metres when his work had been atrocious and he ran accordingly. He was clearly a difficult horse to train for most of last season as he didn't reappear in open company until late May, when he finished with a flourish, at huge odds, to run fourth to the progressive Supreme Cat over 1,200 metres.
His work had been better going into that race and the impression is that last night's 1,000 metres at the Valley will leave him a great deal fitter for when pushed up in distance to around 1,400 metres or a mile, over which he is likely to be very competitive. LCW