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John Size

Drop in class shows Wayfoong Vinnie on the path to victory

John Size’s galloper caught the eye with his fourth behind Master Viking on Wednesday night

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 21 April, 2016, 8:14pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 21 April, 2016, 9:00pm

John Size-trained Wayfoong Vinnie makes the blackbookers after his first run in Class Four on Wednesday night, when he should have finished a fair bit closer to the winner Master Viking.

It was the first sign of form from Wayfoong Vinnie, although there had been merit in at least one of his Class Three outings, and a win shortly should be on the cards for the leading stable.

Joao Moreira was just held up between horses at a crucial stage rounding the turn and into the straight. Wayfoong Vinnie lost momentum at a time when he needed to be making progress if he was to be a win threat, but he recovered again to close well in fourth and it was a real “put the writing on the wall” type of run.

He was a horse who got better with racing in Australia before winning at his third start and is looking the same type of steady project in Hong Kong.

David Hall-trained Hit A Home Run hasn’t hit one for while but that six-year-old’s run on Wednesday night was an indication that he is not a spent force.

The gelding won two races early last season and that hoisted his rating into the 60s but that was a bridge too far and he has battled to recover his best this season.

He’s now had nine starts for the term without a place, however, the end of the season could be his time, as his rating has drifted back down into the 40s again – back to around the same level where he won those races – and Hit A Home Run got home nicely to finish not far behind the placegetters on Wednesday night.

Pearl Win dictated the race from the front and the other two placegetters were always in the first three in running, so it wasn’t a run-on race, or a run-on night, but Hit A Home Run found the line generously. He is adept at both tracks, so he just needs a contest to set up the right way and he can win again.