Hall has only praise for Tong's brilliant ride
Local rider Jacky Tong Chi-kit stole the thunder of the expatriate stars at Sha Tin yesterday when he produced the ride of the day to win sensationally on Laser Power for David Hall.
Drawn the outside of the 12-horse field, Tong took Laser Power straight back to last at the start, found the rail and the rest was left to Laser Power.
'Jacky gets all the credit - that was a gun ride,' said a delighted Hall after Laser Power came from last to deliver a knockout blow up the rail in the final 100m of the Begonia Handicap.
'The outside gate didn't help him first-up at Happy Valley and it is always tough on the dirt but I felt the horse was going OK. I said to Jacky, go back, ride the horse for luck and do what you can.
'When Jacky came back to scale he just laughed 'Boss, I couldn't do much but I didn't have to, the horse just took me!''
The win at almost 18-1 upset a massive plunge on the Sean Woods-trained Watch What Happens, who finished unplaced and apparently without excuse after he was backed as though unbeatable from $34 to $21, and confirmed Laser Power's position as one of Hall's stable stalwarts.
The trainer bought him for owner Tse Cheung-lun after Laser Power had run second in a barrier trial in Melbourne and yesterday's victory was the fifth win just 18 runs for the son of Saratoga Springs as he took his stake earnings to over $3.5 million.
'He wasn't an expensive horse but his attitude has always been great and I'd love to have another 10 like him,' Hall said.
'He's hardly missed a cheque any time he has run, he has won at Sha Tin and Happy Valley, on fast, on soft and now on the dirt. I never thought of him originally as a 100 rating horse but that will take him over into triple figures now so he really has done a great job.'