Chris So Wai-yin’s aptly named Invincible Missile marked himself as a horse to watch with a barnstorming debut at Sha Tin on Sunday.
The exciting three-year-old beat home a host of seasoned horses in the Class Four Lukfook Jewellery Wedding Collection Handicap (1,200m) as jockey Douglas Whyte cruised past the front-running duo of Tom’s Dragon and Lightning Treasure.
So opted to trial his gelding four times before taking him to the races, and it paid dividends, displaying the qualities of a horse that could race over more ground if needed.
Despite trialling poorly on the all-weather track going into race day, So was confident in his galloper, saying he had shown enough in his work.
“People were asking me why was he such a disappointment in the last trial, I kept saying because it was on the dirt. Sometimes the babies, they get the kickback and they just do not go,” he said.
Punters who were able to dive deep enough into the form guide would have found Invincible Missile’s trial against proven Class Three galloper Little Bird where he ran on strongly.
“He has got lots of ability, even in the trials it was there to see,” So said.
“The first two trials he went really good because it was grass and he appreciates that.
“He is a smart horse, he does everything correct, he is very easy to train so that helps as well.”
So admits he is excited for the future with his up-and-coming horse, but will not rush his preparation after learning from past issues with promising types.
After winning by almost four lengths, So believes the horse’s short-term future lies in the handicappers hands.
“Sometimes we expect them to stop, the horse, but I hope that isn’t the case here,” he said.
“The horse has got ability, we started here in Class Four but let’s see where he ends up from that.
“I don’t know how much they’ll put him up after that, eight max hopefully.”
The win came for veteran owner Law Cheuk, marking So’s first win in his first attempt for him.
“It’s good to get the result first time for the owner, Mr Law, he has had a lot of horses before,” he said.
“A long time ago, Mr Law was asking me for a horse, that’s why I got [bloodstock agent] David Price onto him, I said he finds them I train them, he will find you a good one.
“So we knew the horse should go well because we had the good draw and the jockey was good, he has been with him for a long time.”
Tony Millard’s Ezra lost no admirers in his debut also, running on strongly from the rear of the field to finish fourth.
Those two were not the only first-starters to impress, with Dennis Yip Chor-hong’s Glenealy Generals winning well up the Sha Tin straight.