First win does little to win over trainer and jockey

Neither the winning trainer nor jockey were providing much of a character reference for stayer Towering Storm after the four-year-old broke through for his first local win in 10 attempts. "This horse is really lazy," said trainer Ricky Yiu Poon-fai, and jockey Weichong Marwing was even less encouraging. "Going to the 2,000m was definitely a plus, and it looks like a great move because he has come away and won," he said. "But I wouldn't be getting carried away because he hasn't beaten a great bunch of horses. We'll take the win, but he is just a bottom of Class Three or Class Four horse - he just does too much wrong. Today was his day, he was the fit horse and he got the race run to suit." Michael Cox


Doleuze rides the relaxed route to victory

A decision to ride Quiet Confidence quietly paid off when a solid race tempo provided a perfect platform for the Paul O'Sullivan-trained four-year-old to break his maiden. "We looked at the speed map and we knew that the pace was OK," explained winning jockey Olivier Doleuze, who added it is easier to ride a horse for luck when he is an outsider in Class Five. "There was no pressure with him being 20-1 - I could just ride him relaxed and it made the difference," he said. "We've been hoping to ride him like that," O'Sullivan said. "And now that we've got him to settle in behind over 1,200m, maybe 1,400m would be possible. I'd like to think he could handle himself in Class Four as well." Michael Cox


Size's former horse catches the eye in Sydney

Ex-Hong Kong horses have been paying their way recently in Sydney and former John Size-trained top liner Sichuan Success made an eye-catching Australian debut yesterday with a fourth at Warwick Farm. The gelding had bleeding issues when he raced here, but still managed to make it into the big leagues, albeit without winning, but he was fifth in the Hong Kong Mile 12 months ago and again in this year's Stewards' Cup. Now trained by ex-Size protégé, Joe Pride, Sichuan Success raced under a new name, Hypurr, and finished fourth in a Listed 1,200m sprint yesterday after racing three wide and looks like he will recapture something like his old form. Alan Aitken