Trained by Dennis Yip and ridden by Douglas Whyte, the five-year-old caused a 14-1 upset in the Group 3 Sha Tin Trophy, stopping the clock
at 1min 33.1sec for the trip of 1,600 metres.
MEENALA CRUISER was the standard-setter at yesterday's pre-William Hill UK Festival of Racing trials session at Sunderland, Julie Bateson's dog stopping the clock
at 26.96sec (-30) in a 450m workout, writes Jonathan Kay.
Just two hundredths of a second separated the pair after both led early, the Paul Garland-trained Vancouver Sparky racing to a 4.85sec sectional before stopping the clock
in 28.70sec, after the Elaine Parker-trained Mahers Boy (4.89sec split) had posted 28.72sec in the first semi.
The 'race' was shown on the BBC 'Top Gear' programme, with presenter Richard Hammond kindly starting from the opposite side of the track in Olympic pursuit style "so that I don't plough into one of Ireland's most valuable mutts." It really wasn't a contest, Mama Tina stopping the clock
at 31.98sec compared to 35.60sec for the car.
SOLID MONEY took the overall plaudits at yesterday's marathon trial session at Wimbledon when stopping the clock
at 27.69sec (normal) for the 460m course, the fastest of the 31 William Hill Derby aspirants put through their paces.
It was no great surprise then that T inrah Lad had broken the 700-metre track record, stopping the clock
Jack Spark, the Arc fourth, created shock-waves of excitement when stopping the clock
at an astonishing 39.37sec on his Stow bow.