The restricted three-year-old race on Sunday didn’t look anything special before the fact, but it polished up nicely after the event with more than one black booker coming out of it.
Regency Bo Bo backers clearly knew what they were doing and he was very convincing on debut despite beginning slowly, which had been a trait of his trials here and in New Zealand.
He will be easy to follow and so will Cheer Win, who improved on his previous form with the step up to 1,200m, but further back was another eye-catching debut by the Dennis Yip Chor-hong-trained Generous Heart as he wound up in fifth place.
He too had not looked the best of beginners at the trials but had shown ability and his effort on Sunday was a clear pointer to an early win.
With Kei Chiong Ka-kei in the saddle, Generous Heart was again slow to jump then caught some interference that ensured he was out the back as soon as the race was under way.
The eventual winner was also slow out and only a length ahead of Generous Heart when they got running but Neil Callan had enough horse to steal two or three lengths quickly and get Regency Bo Bo up into a better position.
Chiong didn’t quite have the same horse and settled her mount into a rhythm at the rear before attempting to get into the race rounding the home turn.
That wasn’t something Generous Heart did quickly and he took some winding up and then wasn’t entirely straightforward over the final 200m, wanting to lay in, but finished the race off better than any runner. He wasn’t just the fastest finisher in that race but faster than any runner all day and that’s a tremendous sign on a day when higher grade horses were out and about.
Generous Heart is going to be better over further than 1,200m and, with due respect to Chiong, might be an assignment for a more experienced rider at this green stage of his career. And if he doesn’t get things done on the turf, there is always the dirt, where his pedigree suggests Generous Heart will be particularly well suited.