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Yip’s Bunny more than ‘Radiant’ on return, with winner’s circle looming

The four-year-old was resuming after 10 months on the sidelines through injury, but was far from disgraced in finishing fourth over an insufficient 1,000m

PUBLISHED : Monday, 11 January, 2016, 9:46pm
UPDATED : Monday, 11 January, 2016, 10:27pm

There was plenty of confidence behind the resumption of Radiant Bunny down the straight course on Saturday and the four-year-old should be quickly about justifying that with his first local win.

Trainer Dennis Yip Chor-hong dismissed a century-plus losing streak with wins by Winner St Paul’s and Cheerful Frame on the weekend and Radiant Bunny looks another coming winner for the yard now that things are rolling again.

Connections must like a bet because the gelding has been heavily supported at four of his six starts, but Saturday’s backing looked optimistic resuming over an insufficient 1,000m after 10 months away injured and from an inside draw.

Throw in that the race appeared to lack any speed and a get-back runner like Radiant Bunny looked to have everything against him but his effort was excellent, working home strongly in the centre of the track for fourth.

Radiant Bunny hasn’t managed to win one here yet but this looked a great pointer to his prospects next run, when surely he will be stepped up to something a little longer.

John Moore is probably a stand out trainer at getting his Private Purchase imports going quickly and Basic Trilogy did enough in the last race to suggest he is only a run or two from making some impact.

He raced in Australia as Upham, and looked a very genuine galloper for Peter Moody coming through the Brisbane three-year-old Group races, where another of Moore’s classic hopefuls, Werther, was also on show.

Whether he is up to winning a Derby remains to be seen but he did a fair bit right at his local debut, albeit in a slowly run race behind Celestial Smile over 1,600m.

One of his very likeable characteristics is an ability to take a forward position, which he did on Saturday then boxed on strongly in the straight when the pressure went on. Basic Trilogy fleetingly looked a place chance before more seasoned runners got the better of him but he held his place to the line and should find a suitable race over a little further in the next month.