Hayes has it all tied up with first-day double
A little help from on high is useful on big days and David Hayes chose a tie once owned by his legendary training father Colin for day one of the second phase of his HK training career at Sha Tin on Sunday.
Moneymore and Metro Warrior duly supplied him with a double and Hayes, who was champion handler twice during his previous HK stint, was thrilled to break his duck at the first time of asking. "This is really special because it's a new chapter for me," said the 57-year-old Aussie. And that new chapter includes welcoming several exciting European imports including dual French Classic runner-up The Summit and Prix Jean Prat third Malotru, who are booked on a flight to join the Hayes academy this weekend.
Yeung sharing in Hayes success
Early signs suggest Hayes is very happy to look beyond the obvious in his choice of riders and homegrown lightweight Keith Yeung, who partnered Moneymore, is relishing his link with a man he describes as "sharing and caring" and "a world-class trainer."
The pair link up again at the Valley when Urban Dancer lines up for the 2.45. Stall 10 isn't perfect for a horse who looked ordinary in five runs for Benno Yung last term but, like Moneymore, his morning trials suggest that Hayes is poised to present him as a much more potent force.
Low signals go over 1200m and 1650m
Much is made about the draw at the Valley and the notable angles for Wednesday's action on the B course are as follows:
Evidence suggests no strong bias in 1000m dashes but a low number is handy in two-turn sprints, with 40 of the last 72 winners over 1200m drawn 1-4. Inside gates are equally prized with a short run to the first bend over 1650m, with 33 of the last 63 winners drawn 1-4 and only 4 of the last 105 horses drawn wide in 11 and 12 managing to salute.
Early pace the key to midweek feature....
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Fiery fractions look set to play a part in the first division of Wednesday's Causeway Bay Handicap at 3.15 as Flying Bonus and Little Bird look all set to go into battle early.
California Rad is another with plenty of speed but he certainly doesn't have to lead to show his best form and Toby Cruz's gelding, fairly drawn under Karis Teetan in stall 6, looks a leading player based on a fine first season in HK and a solid recent trial.
Progressive Schofield hoping for some smooth Jazz....
Chad Schofield's progress into fifth place in the jockeys' table was one of the more unsung success stories of last season and the 26-year-old is hoping the progressive Jazz Steed can get his new season up and running in Wednesday's Quarry Bay Handicap at 2.15.
The five-year-old was a typical Caspar Fownes improver at the Valley last season and still looks ahead of the game from a mark of 54. "I think there is more to come from him, he really hit his straps towards the end of last season," said Schofield. "He's drawn a nice enough gate (6) and I thought his trial on the grass the other day was quite good, so I'm expecting a forward showing."