Stipes send apprentice back to the bench
Apprentice Vincent Ho Chak-yiu has been outed for three more meetings on a charge of careless riding - at his first meeting back from a two-day suspension for the same charge. Ho was suspended by chief steward Kim Kelly for three meetings after allowing his mount Double Dragon to shift in passing the 1,100m mark of the Spoonbill Handicap (1,400m) taken out by King Al Akbar. The apprentice will miss the three race days between October 25 and November 7. It wasn't all doom and gloom for the young rider, however, and his win on Golden Boy for trainer Michael Chang Chun-wai in the Tailorbird Handicap was the highlight. 'Golden Boy is not a consistent horse, and the 10-pound claim was a huge advantage,' Chang said. 'Even though he is not consistent, I was still quite confident before the race because he has been working quite well.'