South African heads home with Cup
SOUTH Africa's leading apprentice celebrated his country's recent membership of the Asian Racing Conference (ARC) by winning the Invitation Apprentice Jockeys' Cup at Taipa yesterday.
It was the biggest win to date in the career of 19-year-old Paul Devlin who is head boy of the South African Jockeys' Academy.
Devlin, representing South Africa for the first time at the annual Taipa race for apprentices from member countries of the ARC, won the 1,800-metre Cup race on Triple Crown (8-1), prepared by Eric Suen. Triple Crown scored easily by a length and a quarter from the George Moore-trained Shungwind (2-1 favourite), with Japanese claimer Kobayashi up. Five lengths back in third-place was Super Fresh (6-1), ridden by Thai apprentice Tongsuk Ta-sorn.
Hong Kong apprentice Vicki C. W. Choi, indentured to trainer Wong Tang-ping, finished last in the Cup race on another Moore-trainer runner, Professionalism.
The supporting Invitation Bowl event was won in good style by Eternal Stories (20-1) with local apprentice U. C. Chan up.