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Divine Ten proves he is no one-trick pony with a trial around a turn

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 25 February, 2014, 7:31pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 25 February, 2014, 7:32pm

Me Tsui Yu-sak won't stray from the straight course with Divine Ten until he has exhausted all options there but is still readying the headstrong sprinter for when he has to take a turn.

Divine Ten has won three of four, all over 1,000m at Sha Tin, but has shown some temperamental issues - not that they have manifested in unruly racing manners - and his trial on Tuesday showed he will be a force to be reckoned with over 1,200m.

The son of Holy Roman Emperor has risen to a rating of 87 and another solid win would put the four-year-old on the brink of Class One, where races up the straight are few and far between.

Divine Ten had trialled twice around a bend previously and handled it well, racing both inside and outside of horses - even relaxing nicely back on the fence in a 1,200m trial before his first start.

In another 1,200m heat on Tuesday Joao Moreira jumped Divine Ten right on the speed and he seemed to handle the turn well, with front-runner Heartland sitting on his outside.

Divine Ten held it together well under pressure and got to the line on the bridle - even when challenged by I'm In Charge (Zac Purton) late - with a time of 1.09.7s impressive given the apparent ease of effort.

Peter Ho Leung's last-start winner Fantastic Kaka (Douglas Whyte) put in an eye-catching effort as he worked into it late.

In the following trial, John Size-trained Australian import Mirage (Tye Angland) again loaded into the barriers without a fuss, but the true test will come when he next appears on raceday.

Mirage - who won three-from-three as Royal Haunt in Australia - was withdrawn before the start of a Class Two on December 29 after he became fractious and could not be loaded. The four-year-old has trialled three times since then without any incident.

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