This Horse Is A New Macau Star

Exciting 3YO Thehorseiswithme continued on his winning way when he made it four straight wins at the final Macau race day for 2018 at Taipa on Sunday.
Facing his toughest test to date as he lined up against a good quality Class 2 & 3 field, the impressive son of I Am Invincible was set alight from his wide gate by regular rider Luis Corrales to easily clear the field and from then on was never in doubt.
Thehorseiswithme ran out an easy four and a quarter lengths winner over Eclair Lightning (Shogo Nakano) making his Macau debut with Luen On Eagle (Fausto Henrique) third.

Prepared by Alan Tam, Thehorseiswithme has continued to lift the bar with every start and after Sunday’s win he now sits on a mark on 72 rating points, a rapid rise from his debut mark of
The gelding’s time for the 6 f was a respectable 1.09.2 on a track that was not riding fast on the day.
Thehorseiswithme has an interesting tale behind his export to Macau after being originally purchased at the 2017 Melbourne Premier Sale for $145,000 by Dynamic Syndications.
A pre training accident as a two year resulted in an injury to his nearside eye that eventually clouded over.
The youngster was declared blind in that eye and therefore unable to race in Australia. With Macau being one of very few places worldwide that allows one eyed horses to race, the gelding was then purchased by James Moore for Macau owner Ng Kang
Sunday’s win was the gelding’s fourth win from his six starts in the enclave and judging by the ease of his victory Thehorseisiwithme is heading straight to the top echelon.
For trainer Alan Tam the victory by Thehorseiswithme was the second leg of a double with his improving Denman gelding Lucky Hugo winning the Class 6 over 1200 metres.
Lucky Hugo under Filipino jockey Jonie Pescuiso overcame an ordinary getaway to drive forward quickly and set up a commanding lead, and then maintained a strong gallop to the wire to beat Tyson (Luis Corrales) with River Double (Oscar Chavez) running on well for third.
Tam has virtually resurrected Pescuiso’s riding career this season with Sundays win his third winner from 25 rides for the new racing year.
Pescuiso was a former champion apprentice when attached to the Alan Tam yard, winning the title in 2009–10 with 22 winners.
A decision to return to the Philippines to continue his riding career proved unsuccessful. With close to 100 registered jockeys competing there opportunities were far and few between resulting in Pescuiso giving the game away for a spell.
Returning to Macau in 2015 as a trackwork rider, Pescuiso was relicensed last season but it was lean pickings with only one winner for the year.
The link up with his old master has been a boon for the natural lightweight with Tam currently leading the trainer’s premiership table on 16 wins and strongly tipped to take out his fourth championship title this season.
Breinell Yamzon is another young rider looking for a better year in racing and it’s looking very positive for him judging by his perfect exhibition on Iced Jade in the Class 4 & 5 Handicap over 1 1⁄8 m on Sunday.
Yamzon gave the six year old a lovely run in transit in fifth spot against the rail before getting on the back of the race favorite Pearl Win Win (Ruan Maia) around the home turn.
Pearl Win Win surged to the front at the two hundred but could not hold off the powerful finishing burst of Iced Jade, who went home right over the top of him to win by a length on the line.
Yamzon also hails from the Philippines and has now posted three winners the season. He could only manage five winners last season after considerable time off through injury.

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