Kinane-Oughton combination do it their Way
Irish star Mick Kinane can be relied upon to produce virtually a winner a meeting and he did it at yesterday's big holiday card with 18-1 outsider American Way.
The Classes One and Two sixth event over the longer sprint was seen by the public as largely a clash between two exciting younger horses in topweight Skystone (4-1) and Fortune Maker (5-2 favourite).
There was also very solid support for the John Moore-trained Intuition, who was third favourite at 4-1.
Despite good overall form, which included being a head second to Cornwall Star earlier in the season, American Way was shunned by the public even though the David Oughton-trained sprinter had been responsible for some solid recent work.
'I can understand why the two younger horses were so much in the market. They had looked good in their previous runs and I was also drawn out very wide,' said Kinane.
'I was pretty confident my fellow would run a decent race and I was able to angle him over to a reasonable position. He ran up to his work and his better form previously.' But the talking point of the race was the disappointing run of both public fancies.
Skystone, who was once with Oughton, may well lack heart for a battle as he has now failed to join issue in his past two runs.
He seemed to be travelling well for Eric Legrix but found nothing when tackled.
Fortune Maker was under the odds considering his relative immaturity and also the fact that this was his second run.
The 'second-up' syndrome is well known in Hong Kong and a number of astute punters would almost certainly have shied away.
Intuition ran a very stout race and Moore has plenty to work with here while honest Schnitzer (20-1) ran third in a good run under Eric Saint-Martin.
A major plunge on Winningcombination (7-1 to 9-2 favourite) came off in the seventh event when Wendyll Woods darted home along the rails to post a comfortable victory over 25-1 outsider, Don Pedro.