Racing Digest, February 13, 2013
'Brave' six-year-old has more wins in store, enthuses Chang
Nice Folks had a host of reasons to say he couldn't win but after notching a Class Three victory, trainer Michael Chang Chun-wai said his "brave" six-year-old had even more wins in store. "He had 133 pounds, the widest barrier and had a pretty serious foot injury last August," he said after Olivier Doleuze produced an outstanding ride. "I've had to ease him back, one dirt race and a trial to get his condition right, but has come on very well. One thing that was in his favour today was the tempo, and even though that was a weak Class Three, I still think he can win in Class Two because he is such a brave horse. He can win over further but he enjoys the faster tempo of the 1,400m," Doleuze said. Michael Cox
Royal Ascot in the pipeline for star sprinter, says Shum
After Little Cow was dominant in his first two starts, trainer Danny Shum Chap-shing made the seemingly outlandish claim that he was planning a trip to Royal Ascot with the sprinter. Two defeats by Solar Great may have made the claims look even more pie in the sky, but Shum was again talking up a trip to England after a 1,000m straight win. "I'm not crazy, I think he has a chance," he said. "He would need a rating of 110, and that means two more wins at least - if he can't do that it would be a waste of money and waste of time anyway." Shum will saddle up Little Cow's stablemate and last year's King's Stand Stakes winner Little Bridge this morning after a three-month break. Michael Cox
Four-year-old 'will make a great staying type later on'
Trainer Derek Cruz is taking anything Heco Rider has done to this point as a bonus, saying the four-year-old's best days are ahead of him. Jockey Tye Angland made the most of a low draw to have Heco Rider close and then kick away for a dominant mile victory, but it won't be until the four-year-old gets over further that he will produce his best. "He will make a great staying type later on, once he learns how to race properly, especially with the blinkers off," Cruz said. "Taking to the Valley seemed to bring him on last season as he was racing better there. But the win there was really a bonus because 1,200 metres was not really his best distance," the trainer added. Michael Cox