Double warms up Corrales
SOUTH American ace Juan Corrales starts a suspension today for careless riding but grabbed honours for the meeting with a double at shivery Taipa last night.
The temperature plunged and the crowd with it as less than 3,000 turned up for the special night meeting held in the wake of yesterday's Macau Grand Prix.
A total of $11.4 million through the totalisator for the eight-race meeting was not enough to send the blood coursing through MJC executives but at least Corrales had no complaints.
The Panamanian has been a major hit since coming to Taipa just after the start of the present season and he was on target last night with 3-1 favourite Charade, who hacked up by six lengths in the second race, and topweight Golden Friend (10-1) by five lengths in the sixth race.
The double was also celebrated by trainer Wing Leung, major user of Corrales' talents.
English ace Tony Ives is not burdened with overwork at Taipa but he certainly makes the most of his better rides and was on the mark with topweight Royal Decree (5-1) in the seventh event.
Ives had little trouble in the Class Five event over 1,200 metres, winning eased down by over three lengths. Favourite Smiley Winter (2-1) failed to flatter and finished well back for treble-seeking Corrales.
Declan Murphy took the nightcap on Arldom from Mark Gallagher on Wing Young.