Winners keep rolling in for hot female apprentice and Kan's stable
Gallant Sir Galway (6-1) helped continue the fairytale success of female claimer Carol W.S. Yu since trainer Brian Kan Ping-chee took her under his wing.
Sir Galway will long be associated with the late Willy W.Y. Kan, giving the young jockey her first and last winner at Happy Valley, and it was at last night's city track meeting that he obliged again - this time for Yu.
He clearly appreciates tender handling and Sir Galway basically led them a merry dance in the Class Two fourth event which was the highest grade race on a mundane programme.
Ridden out of the gates, young Yu got Sir Galway rolling well early and both horse and rider seemed to be enjoying it all.
Po On Power tried to get on terms but failed and Yu, beginning to shown some racing acumen, did her best to stack the field up and then scoot clear.
There was just enough left to hold off fast-finishing William's Surpass (6-1), with 4-1 favourite Dancing Spirit a well-beaten third.
A cool move from champion trainer David Hayes almost paid rich dividends in the sixth event when Projectvision (20-1) failed by a head to give Danny Lee his first winner of the season.
The Class Three, 2,200-metre staying test went to the David Oughton-trained Emphasis (4-1 favourite), ridden with great determination by stable jockey Alan Munro.
But the buzz was all about Projectvision, who made a great effort under Lee to make all.
Said Hayes: 'He did everything I asked him to do and it almost came off.' Top Australian rider Steven King easily took the second event on the programme on Winning Smart (3-1 favourite) but it was still something of a minor landmark.
Happy Valley has been an absolute graveyard for punters and no favourite had obliged in April until King saluted after a cosy win in this Class Five, 1,650-metre event.
It was a result that was never in any real doubt, although the Ricky P.F. Yiu-trained galloper was inclined to pull slightly early in the race.
But once the pace picked up, King moved sweetly up and was poised just behind free-striding leader, Grand Way (8-1).
When King eased him out as they straightened it was all over in a couple of strides.
Grand Way held on for second a head in front of topweight Winning Colours.
Robbie Fradd, being talked about as a major chance to win the jockeys' championship, kicked the meeting off with Solo (4-1).
Fradd rode a well-judged race, saving ground along the rails and booting confidently for home soon after the field in the Class Four longer sprint turned for home.
It was almost a routine win as nothing else was going well enough to threaten and Double Wins (7-1) was second best, half a length to the good of Harvard (8-1) at the line.
Eric Legrix, who rode Harvard, had trouble before the start which necessitated an inspection by the doctor on duty. Although he said on returning to scale that he was all right, the French rider was later stood down because of an inflamed eye.
It wouldn't be Happy Valley if there wasn't a big-priced winner and last night it was supplied by Lawrie Fownes. He saddled up 30-1 chance Call My Tune for one of the night's better wins.
This was a Class Five, 1,650-metre event and Call My Tune was ridden by claimer Henry K.C. Tsang who took weight off the gelding's back but gave the horse a bit to do. He was wide for much of the trip but Call My Tune came home very strongly to score by a short head from Money Come-In (8-1) and Cheerful (6-1), who was ridden at a near suicidal pace by claimer Martin C.K. Tsang.
French jockey Freddie Sanchez rode another winner and copped a one-day suspension in an interesting evening for the young rider.
Delight Express was backed into 5-1 favouritsm to take the Class Four longer sprint, which was the fifth event on the programme, and Sanchez got him up close home by a head from the Grant Cooksley-ridden Clear Master (12-1).
The winner took Sanchez's winning tally to eight for his short stint to date.