'It has been a long month without a winner, but this was a very nice ride for

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 09 March, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 09 March, 2000, 12:00am

Gerald Mosse, the former darling of the punting public, last night ended a losing sequence which would have been unimaginable a few seasons ago.

Then, the accomplished French rider was stable jockey to Patrick Biancone and riding winners as if they were going out of fashion.

At last night's mixed Sha Tin meeting he took the fourth event on the Brian Kan Ping-chee-trained Mighty And Gold to register his first success since arriving a month ago for his Club Jockey stint.

A certain Jim And Tonic has kept him in clover with some breathtaking International displays here.

But the bread and butter wins have been thin on the ground in a couple of stints here since his surprise split with Biancone.

'It has been a long month without a winner, but I've kept going and this was a very nice ride for me,' said Mosse after defying barrier 14 on Mighty And Gold. The ride oozed class as they held off the fast finishing Sonic by three-quarters of a length.

Mosse said: 'I was told he might hang with me but he gave me a really nice ride. We had the speed to get across, I was then able to get a breather into him around the 400-metre mark and then he kept going all the way to the line.' It was just like old times for trainer Ivan Allan and his ex-stable jockey Basil Marcus when they teamed up with Blazing Bob in the second.

The son of Allan's sire Citidancer stood out in the paddock and Marcus did his bit, bouncing him out and getting a lovely tow behind the speed.

The South African rider was leaving nothing to chance, kicking on from the top of the straight and was then seen at his pugnacious best as he pushed out Blazing Bob to hold Winning's Smart's persistent challenge.

'He fought hard - like all the Citidancers,' Allan said.

Allan followed up by taking the third with Return A Smile, this time with champion jockey elect Robbie Fradd in the saddle.

Talking of paddock picks, Starlight Supreme also stood out in the opener. Andy Leung Ting-wah's three-old-year was quietly backed, to boot, shortening at the death from 24-1 to 19-1 before jumping smartly and always travelling like the winner in this 1,150-metre bottom grade dirt sprint.

He went on to score by 3.25 lengths from Truly Delighted.

'The dirt was the key and so was the poor opposition,' Leung said.

Felix Coetzee's renowned strength in a finish made all the difference in the fifth event when dirt specialist Touchwood rallied to short-head the Vincent Sit-ridden Jade Lake.

Trainer Tony Cruz was the first to acknowledge Coetzee's role. 'My jockey rode the perfect race,' he said.

Irishman Jimmy Quinn may only be pocket-size but when it comes to riding a finish he's a pocket-sized battleship as he showed when driving out Gary Ng Ting-keung's improving Zabette for a half length success over Meridian Star in the feature Lok Sin Tong 120th Anniversary Commemorative Cup.

It was Quinn's fourth success since his high-profile split from Kan.

New Trumps, blinkered for the second time, turned the last into a procession with favourite Fibber staying on creditably for second.

Triple British champion Kieren Fallon last night missed his rides due to the same viral complaint which caused him to forego his final two engagements at last Sunday's Derby meeting.