Jockeys suffer stewards' wrath
Whyte, Mosse and apprentice Tong land in trouble for careless riding
Stewards went on a careless-riding blitz at Sha Tin yesterday, catching top-line riders Douglas Whyte and Gerald Mosse in the net as well as apprentice Jacky Tong Chi-kit.
Whyte, with a treble, and Mosse, a double, at least had something positive to take from the day, but Tong copped a two-day ban and a HK$10,000 fine after pleading guilty over his ride in the early stages of the first race on Globe River.
Tong crossed over from an outside gate and started a chain reaction which saw Natural Model, Rainbow Express and Star Prodigy checked.
Whyte's suspension came out of his ride in the sixth while Mosse's two-day ban and HK$40,000 fine came courtesy of his ride on Supremacy in the third, when he shifted in during the final 300m of the all-weather sprint and cut off Genki King.
Elsewhere, Mosse was able to land Justinian in the Class Five second event and arrived on a most-deserving Happy Master, who had been very unlucky in recent starts.
It all looked like happening again yesterday when Happy Master clipped heels at the 900m and blundered, dropping back to last, but Mosse made it his mission to get Happy Master to the outside and clear room and that was all he needed to win.
Mosse's win on the David Ferraris-trained Justinian was deceptive, with many believing Sound Of Silence had done enough to score but the photo said otherwise and the low-grade seven-year-old brought a smile to the trainer's face. 'He was my first winner in Hong Kong, so he'll always have a soft spot with me, but he's very limited,' Ferraris said.
'His owner, Mr Wong [Chung-hin] was one of my first owners here; he's a lovely guy and I'd love to get him a better horse than this.'
Trainer Andy Leung Ting-wah landed his 300th career winner yesterday when Simon Yim Hin-keung gave a dashing display to take the all-weather sixth on Tattenhall Delight.
Leung, in his 12th season of training, finally got to celebrate the milestone, despite Tattenhall Delight racing wide most of the race. But Yim turned the race his way by getting up underneath the erratic runner-up Shining Day on the final turn then holding him out again at the finish.
Trainer Sean Woods was another to taste the sour as well as the sweet of racing yesterday, with Adaikali failing to measure up in the feature Bauhinia Sprint Trophy and Cash In bleeding as favourite in the sixth. He did manage to grab a last-stride win with Smacko (Felix Coetzee) in the ninth, however, and the rider appeared particularly gleeful after the win.
'Sean explained to me exactly how the horse needed to be ridden,' Coetzee said. 'He said put him to sleep out the back and he'll find the line. I did and he did - not by much but it all worked out nicely.'