Suborics straight back in saddle after fall
They certainly build their jockeys tough in Austria, as Andreas Suborics demonstrated yesterday when he bounced back from a spectacular fall in the second race to complete his book and land the prize on Opera Magic in the seventh.
Suborics' mount, the Brian Kan Ping-chee-trained Perfect Score, seemed almost to take fright at the shadow roll he wore for the first time yesterday in a bid to overcome his field shyness.
After the 800 metres, Perfect Score got his head on the side, started to shift out from the inside rail and then made a second, faster shift, bumping the hindquarters of Magic Win, then ricocheted on to Fortune Tycoon and fell.
As he struck the other horses, Suborics was still doing his utmost to keep a straight course and was first catapulted forward on to his feet when Perfect Score fell before the rider finished flat on his back.
'I'm going to be a bit stiff and sore in the morning, I'm sure, but I felt OK to ride. I think it was important to keep on riding today. Good for my confidence, too,' Suborics said.
After being passed by the club doctor as fit to continue, Suborics was back in action in the following race and his perseverance paid off later in the afternoon with Kan-trained Opera Magic becoming his fourth winner in the first fortnight of his three-month Club jockey stint.
'It is very good to be riding for a big stable like Mr Kan. It does make a difference,' Suborics said, adding that his rapid-fire start came down to experience. 'It is important to know the place with Hong Kong. I've been here a couple of times now and I understand how it works.'
Suborics was not the only jockey with a tale to tell out of the second, however, as Australian Craig Williams also finished with some bumps after his win on the David Hill-trained Glasgow Kiss.
'The clerk of the course's pony has a little trick where he likes to squash the jockey's leg against his horse. He just sidles up next to you and boom,' Williams said. 'He did it to me going around the barrier on Glasgow Kiss.'
It made no difference, though, with Williams using barrier two to advantage on the four-year-old to ring up win number two.
'When he drew a good alley, I knew Glasgow Kiss was in with a shot,' Williams said. 'His record doesn't read that well, I know, but it was not a very strong race and I believe this horse is racing much more generously this season.'
Like Christophe Soumillon later in the card, Williams had members of his family in town for Christmas and helping to celebrate the win. 'My mother and father are here today and it is amazing how often I do ride a winner when my parents come to town,' Williams said.