Out-of-luck Aussie rider fractures two ribs in fall as South African champion bags treble
Australian rider Dwayne Dunn continued a miserable start to his Hong Kong stint with a nasty fall at Happy Valley last night. Dunn's mount, Sallian Express, crashed at the 500-metre mark in the Lai King Handicap following a chain reaction that gave Dunn no chance of seeing what was coming.
He barely moved as first-aid officers rushed to stretcher him into the ambulance. Dunn was briefly returned to the official area at Happy Valley before the ambulance moved off to Queen Mary Hospital for closer examination and X-rays of the stricken rider. Although conscious leaving the track, Dunn was complaining of back pains and his neck was stabilised in a brace. Reports from the hospital said he had two fractured ribs.
Robbie Fradd will jet off to Dubai to partner Fairy King Prawn in the peak of riding form after snaring a treble at last night's meeting.
Fradd was always handy before taking over in the straight on Handsome Man in the second event, but defied the tight C+3 course to sweep home late on Electronic Seeker for trainer Alex Wong Sui-tan in the fifth, and then made it three in similar fashion with Peter Ho's Lucky Sabre in the last.
Consistent six-year-old Super Connections took out the third race under Gerald Mosse, pouncing over the final stages to overpower Flying Knight.
Long-term maiden Melrose Star managed to open his Hong Kong account at the 28th attempt in the Ting Kau Handicap, over 1,800m. 'He has been a very consistent horse but very unlucky,' said winning trainer Alex Wong Yu-on. 'He's had seven seconds, so the horse deserved to win one and I'm very happy for the owner.'
A stern tempo suited the son of Northern Salute, who was still third last turning into the straight, but he produced a terrific surge from the 200 metres for Douglas Whyte to arrive handily.
The six-year-old's unfamiliarity with the winner's stall showed post-race when the cameras surprised him at the victory photo and he reared up, all but dislodging Whyte.
Andy Leung Ting-wah led in a double, with another Hong Kong maiden, Just Win, mending his ways for Steven King to win the Ma Wan Handicap over the minimum sprint.
The Volksraad gelding has tended to be erratic in the past, wanting to run to the outside of the course, but was on his best behaviour to lead throughout from the rails gate.
Just Win began quickly and comfortably held the lead on the rail before the home turn. On the circle, the three-year-old gave a hint of moving off the fence, allowing a run through for Golden Air. But King wasn't concerned and kept Just Win balanced just three off the rail and he fought on strongly to shrug off all challengers.