Grieving Mosse misses stable win
Personal tragedy caused top jockey Gerald Mosse to miss yesterday's meeting as he returned home to France following the death of his father.
Mosse had been to Paris to visit his ailing father during the past week but flew back to Hong Kong for rides at yesterday's meeting, only to receive news of his father's passing which sent him airbound for home again.
'It's a tragedy for Gerald and of course he has all our deepest condolences,' said his retaining trainer, David Hayes, whose win with promising Tchaikovsky was tinged with sadness in the absence of the Frenchman, who has had a great association with the horse's owner, Sidney Chiu Yung-sit.
Australian Brett Prebble took over on Tchaikovsky admirably as the three-year-old slipped through to lead in his first attempt at 1,400 metres and never looked like being overhauled in the run home.
'He's done it easily in front and they've run very good time,' Hayes said.
'I've said all along that Tchaikovsky looks like a young Planet Ruler to me, and now Planet Ruler is up there just behind the best in Hong Kong in the Group One races.
'Today, Tchaikovsky's natural speed put him in the right spot and, most importantly, he accelerated and put a good gap on them when it mattered. That quality wins a lot of races.'
Diligent finished off strongly into second but Prebble already had the race packaged up as Tchaikovsky made it four wins from seven starts - and he isn't finished yet, according to Hayes.
'He's still improving. There's another 1,400m race in three weeks' time and that will be ideal for him,' he said.
The trainer was less upbeat, however, on the future plans for former star mare Elegant Fashion, who was again well beaten in yesterday's HSBC Premier Cup (1,800m).
'Well, I suppose that ends any chance she had of being selected for the QE II Cup and she does seem to be struggling at present,' he said. 'I don't think anyone wants to rush to any decisions immediately but it's likely her owner, Dr Tsoi Wai-wang, will make a decision on her future mid-month and he would have to seriously consider retiring her.
'It would be a shame - she's been a great mare for Hong Kong and a great mare for me, but the current crop of horses at the elite level here is very strong and it's not getting any easier for her.'