Ricky Yiu left Happy Valley last week with a maiden Hong Kong win for one of his young prospects and on Wednesday night (13 March) the handler is looking for a breakthrough run from another rookie, the three-year-old Shining Gem.
“He’s been close his last two races, he’s a nice three-year-old by a good sire,” the handler said this morning (Tuesday, 12 March) at Sha Tin.
Yiu is a noted developer of young stock, especially the speedy southern hemisphere variety. This morning his thoughts were with the finest of that ilk to have passed through his stable, the one whose victories gave him the greatest satisfaction of all.
The great sprinter Sacred Kingdom passed away in Australia last week.
“It’s sad. The guy who looked after him, he went to feed him that morning and found that he was lame behind. They sent him to the clinic and found that he had a broken leg – it was in a bad spot that can’t be managed and they had to put him down,” Yiu said.