The Citizen (Gauteng)

Winner Method set to remain unbeaten

- Luke Middlebroo­k

Hong Kong racing remains at Sha Tin today for an interestin­g eightrace card on both turf and dirt.

In one of the two turf races on the night, boom three-year-old Winner Method is a highlight and is poised to remain unbeaten and score his fourth win in Race 3, the Class 3 1000m Handicap.

Winner Method has been a force at this track and distance since making his debut in late January.

The Danny Shum-trained gelding made all first-up in Class 4, cruising away for a soft 1.50-length success, and there’s been no turning back since. Straight into Class 3 thereafter, Winner Method has gone on to score his next two races in fine style in the grade to defy the handicappe­r each time.

Most recently, Winner Method was backed off the map from $1.7 into a starting price of $1.3 and never looked in doubt, posting the quickest final 400m sectional in the race to win in a fast-finishing time of 55.24secs and eased down in the final few strides before the post.

Holding form with an easy trial win since, Winner Method looks primed to win his way into Class 2 here.

Elsewhere, trainer David Hayes will be confident that up-and-comer Trader can get back to winning ways in the Class 3 1200m Handicap on the all-weather track, in the final race of the night.

After showing talent in multiple barrier trials, Trader burst onto the scene in early April, overcoming barrier No 11 by pinging straight to the front and scoring with ease by 1.75 lengths over subsequent winner Party Genius.

Trader was sent straight into Class 3 after his debut win but could only manage eighth place, fading late after leading into the straight, with the stewards deeming his run unacceptab­le.

Hayes has since trialled Trader on the all-weather track, where he won his heat smartly by 7.25 lengths, suggesting he will relish the surface under race-day conditions.

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