Horse Racing

Making good of that one per cent — owner Val Chung

…as Saint Cecelia's first offspring, Sea Swan rushes to debut win

Friday, August 24, 2018

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It was a day to remember for members of the Port Maria-based Chung family as Sea Swan, the first offspring of the hugely talented and twice Horse of the Year, St Cecelia made her late three-year-old debut.

Sea Swan by Adore The Gold did not disappoint as she duly won for trainer Spencer Chung and owners Robert and Valentine Chung.

Val Chung, who is hardly ever seen at the track, was particularly elated after the win by the chestnut filly.

“The feeling right now is good. I feel good in myself and I happy for Sea Swan and I hope she runs half as good as her mother Saint Cecelia.

“It was a good win. I mean, she won good and with a lot in hand as well. Sea Swan gave some promise in her gallops and will improve over a period of time.

“Most of the times when you own horses, 99 per cent is about dreaming and only one per cent comes to reality, if you are lucky, and so you have to make use of that one per cent,” Chung told The Supreme Racing Guide.

With the running style of her mother, Sea Swan (Aaron Chatrie) went straight in front and made every post a winning one in a dominating 10-length win against seasoned rivals going five furlongs (1,000m) on the round course. The winning time of 1:01.0 was nothing special, but the manner of victory was impressive, especially for a horse with a lot of room for improvement.

Although challenged for the lead by Aria (Javaniel Patterson) and Mrs Kim (Oneil Scott) at the three-eighths pole, coming into the lane, Sea Swan accelerated well and went away from rivals.

Aria stayed on for second money, with Lala Diva (Omar Walker) in third and A Seh Soup (Dick Cardenas) fourth in the maiden special weight event for native-bred three-year-old fillies.

Trainer Spencer Chung who was not at the track to watch his filly race on Saturday, nevertheless, gave a comment to The Supreme Racing Guide later in the week.

Sea Swan, from she was a foal, was very small. In addition to being small, she was fragile. The decision was quickly taken not to push her; instead, Sea Swan was allowed time to grow and develop as best as possible and that is why, as a three-year-old, she is racing so late in her career.

Sea Swan has no major injuries and it was just a precautionary measure we took to get the best from her,” Spencer Chung said.

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