Douglas Whyte hopes he has found the key to unlocking further success from Noble Desire as the gelding bids for back-to-back wins in the first section of Wednesday evening’s (2 June) Class 4 Morrison Handicap (1200m) at Happy Valley.
Outlining race experience and gear tweaks as catalysts for the five-year-old’s breakthrough achievement last month, Whyte remains optimistic of the Irish-bred galloper’s ability to take another step forward.
“He’s been knocking at the door for a while now and he just needed to get his head in front at the right time which he did but I think incrementally he’s just improved with each run.
“He used to be pretty awkward and he would hang in and get his head up but racing’s taken its toll on him and he’s just got better with every run,” Whyte said.
Bought for HK$1.4 million out of the 2019 Hong Kong International Sale (July), the son of Footstepsinthesand will step away from gate 10 against 11 rivals with Matthew Poon retaining the ride.
“He seems to be running pretty consistently with it (shadow roll) on and he’s not as keen as he was with blinkers, so I’m hoping it’s done the trick,” Whyte said.