No heartbreak as beaten brigade look ahead to the internationals
John Moore and Darren Beadman had to make do with a sole minor winner and some happy thoughts of the future as the big-race combination failed to hit the target in the features.
Beadman rode his 200th Hong Kong winner on odds-on favourite King Al Akbar for Moore (pictured) in the Class Four fifth race, though punters were still reeling from disappointing efforts at similar odds from the Australian jockey's two previous mounts, Galaxy Treasure and Algarve, who was later found to have blood in the trachea.
But in the majors events, where the Moore-Beadman team usually shines, they had to make do with 'next time'.
Able One was touched off in the Sha Tin Trophy as favourite under the top weight of 133 pounds, while Collection was an eye catching eighth and One World had a nightmare run down the straight in the Premier Bowl to finish 10th.
'It was just the weight that got Able One in last bit,' said Beadman. 'He did everything right, kicked away like the winner but he came back to them right on the line. I wasn't disappointed.'
Moore said Able One is right on target for the Jockey Club Mile next time on his way to the Hong Kong Mile in December.
'When we get into the races at level weights again, he's going to be a force to reckon with. One World, just forget he went around as Darren never got a clear run on him at all, and Collection found the mile too short, but was rocketing home behind the placings,' Moore said. 'He'll be spot on for the Jockey Club Cup at 2,000m next time and that's his distance.'
Also happy looking to the future were Fellowship's rider, Zac Purton, and Douglas Whyte after Derby winner Super Satin's ninth.
'After how he went in his trial and then his first-up run, I wasn't sure he had come back as good as he was but after today's run, I'm convinced again,' said Purton of the Paul O'Sullivan-trained Fellowship's flashing fourth to Thumbs Up.
'He powered home and if I had the right cart into the race, he might have run it out right to the post but I didn't and he just died on his run the last 80m.'
Whyte was caught deep on Super Satin, but the rider was full of praise for the effort.
'He did it tough and he'll come on again for that. When they went, they left him behind but he was running on again at the finish,' he said.
'He wants further and I think from now on he's going to get back to his top form again.'