Trainer John Size and jockey Douglas Whyte are renowned thinkers and planners when it comes to the mentality, psychology and behaviour of racehorses, but even they must be tearing their hair out with regard to promising unraced dirt tracker Do You Get It.
The son of Elusive City again missed the kick badly in a 1,200m all-weather track trial at Sha Tin - but once up and running, he is showing a clear liking to the dirt surface, making him all the more frustrating for connections.
The four-year-old was entered for a Class Four on the dirt last Sunday, for which he was an unused standby starter. That means that next time Do You Get It is entered he will be a priority starter, and even though he looks a cut above Class Four, punters will be wary of his antics when he finally makes his debut.
Do You Get It has had seven trials for Size and has been slow away in four of the last five, and this time sat back in the gates and the field left him behind. Not only was he awkward away, but was slow to muster speed - spotting the field three lengths on settling. Whyte looped the field easily travelling four wide and asked for effort in the straight, cruising to within a half-length of Tony Millard's heat winner Vara Pearl (Joao Moreira).