Fradd continues to cover himself in glory
THE Robbie Fradd express kept rolling with a winning double for the in-form Club Jockey at Sha Tin yesterday.
Fradd, who forfeited a share of the lead on the jockeys' table after French ace Eric Saint-Martin chalked a treble of his own, scored with veteran Lucky Glory (4.8-1) for Bruce Hutchison and then completed the job atop Derek Cruz's Fortune Maker (11-1).
However, it was the latter in the Class Two Peninsula Golden Jubilee Cup that will have most delighted the hard-working South African.
Fradd retained the mount on Fortune Maker after an encouraging second over 1,050 metres on the dirt a month ago, but most of the betting interest in this 1,000-metre dash revolved around last-start winner Triple Expresso (4.6-1 favourite) and last season's griffin star Fast Win (5.2-1).
Fradd did an admirable job aboard Fortune Maker, allowing him to find his feet in the middle of the pack as the leaders set a wild tempo.
As the pacesetters began to fade on their run it was Fradd's tactics that proved most telling. He chimed in with a well-timed dash to reel in the gallant Spring (8-1) and Felix Coetzee by three-quarters of a length. Triple Expresso and Eric Legrix rallied to hold Fukien Boy (8.3-1) out of the tierce spot.
Fortune Maker notched up winner number 19 for Fradd, who leaves Hong Kong at the end of this month to take up a position with the powerful Lee Freedman stable in Melbourne.
In what looked a competitive event, Fortune Maker scored comfortably and he should be included whenever he contests the minimum sprint.
'He'd run well down the straight course at the end of last season when third, so we weren't too worried about him handling it,' said Fradd.
'And Derek [Cruz] has done a great job to keep him fresh . . . the way he stretched out at the end gave me a good feeling.' The first leg of Fradd's double came in more mundane company but there was nothing ordinary about Lucky Glory's effortless win in this Class Five, 1,200-metre contest. He settled near the tail early and was gradually brought into the race at the turn before running out a 1.5-length winner over Barish (6.8-1) and Douglas Whyte, with Perfect Sport (5.9-1) holding on for third money under Eddie Lai.