Barrier 14 proves a blessing for long-striding galloper

It's not often a horse with a none-from-31 start record is called consistent, or barrier 14 called a good draw - but that was the case with trainer Peter Ho Leung and his Class Five winner Lotus Love (Alex Lai Hoi-wing). "It was actually a perfect draw for him to be on the outside, because he has a big stride and he didn't have to break his action," Ho said, after watching his horse sit three-deep with no cover on the speed and still prevail. I think he can win another race in Class Five before he goes back to Class Four," Ho added after his 11th winner of the term. "I'm happy for the owners who have obviously showed a lot of patience with this horse." Michael Cox


New kid on the block impresses on his debut

John Moore seems to have added a new string to his already expansive bow, winning for the second time this term with a debutant in Class Three coming off just handy juvenile form in Australia. It has been a tough ask down through the years for the relatively immature youngsters to be tossed into Class Three ratings, but Smart Man (Tim Clark) followed on from Flagship Shine's victory in December in similar circumstances. "We buy them as yearlings and have them nurtured along to come here later. The key is whether the trainers in Australia, John Hawkes or in this case Chris Walker, think they are mature enough to handle it," Moore said. Alan Aitken


Repeat tactics pay double dividends for Purton

Why Not's last-start win provided Zac Purton with a blueprint for success as the Dennis Yip Chor-hong-trained four-year-old produced a career-best effort with an effortless Class Four victory. Purton was conscious of keeping the long-striding Why Not away from other horses and maintaining momentum last time out, and the same tactics produced the same result - a victory, but this time eased down on the line. "He was always going to be better stepping up to the mile, especially on the "A" course. He is a big horse and on the big track he was able to get into his rhythm - we did it last time and it worked, so we did it again," Purton said. Michael Cox