Yip's debutant green but on his way to success

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 02 January, 2014, 8:47pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 02 January, 2014, 8:47pm

Newcomer On The Way probably received more betting support than his local trials demanded in the fifth race on Wednesday but he showed enough to suggest that support was not far off the mark.

Dennis Yip Chor-hong's On The Way had been green and wayward in trials here, and it was a similar story in New Zealand despite the fact he had defeated a decent horse in his second trial before being exported.

A big, strong, impressive sort, On The Way has been slow to begin in most of his trials and that was the case again at the races with the gelding settling down last as a result.

That wasn't a bad thing, as the pace was very solid and the second and third placegetters, Addole and China Angel, were back with him so it was no serious disadvantage but On The Way just looked outsped over the well-run 1,200m to the home turn.

He got home strongly with the talented Addole, keeping in touch with him as the pair ran similar sectionals to the line behind easy winner Disciples Twelve.

By the little known stallion Edenwold, On The Way's dam is a half sister to two high class stayers in Australia, an Oaks winner at Randwick, On Air, and Perth Cup winner Zamlight.

When he gets his act together, On The Way will certainly appreciate somewhat more ground than the insufficient 1,200m on Wednesday.

That should prove a solid form race, with the winner doing a good job to score after sitting close behind what was a too-strong lead pace, and Addole running right up to a good debut win.

Later in the day, John Moore produced yet another nice sort of four-year-old in Harbour Master having his first local run, finishing a worthwhile third to Santa Fe Sun.

Harbour Master found the 1,400m a touch on the sharp side but applied himself manfully for the minor placing, and is sure to take plenty of benefit from both the race and a step up in trip.

It's unlikely he is in the class of some of Moore's other four-year-olds but he is definitely going to pay his bills.


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