Oohlala - French flair as Guyon ends Hong Kong stint on resounding note
French jockey Maxime Guyon finished his Club Jockey contract with a fireworks finale, which included his first Hong Kong Group One victory and his first treble - but the rider could shade all those achievements with a win in the Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby (2,000m) on March 20, when he returns for a one-off ride on Ambitious Dragon.
Guyon remains unbeaten on the exciting Ambitious Dragon and declared the horse a Group race contender after his first victory on the galloper back on January 9, saying the horse was '20 pounds better than his current rating'.
'It was my first treble in Hong Kong today, and of course I am very happy to have won again on Ambitious Dragon,' Guyon said. 'I have been on this horse three times for three wins and if he gets a good run in the Derby, I hope I can continue the pattern.'
Guyon capped his popular debut season in Hong Kong with a memorable treble that took him to 14 wins in total, and only a short-head second on Gold Joint in the opening race denied him a quartet of winners. An early win aboard Jolly Good on the all-weather-track for trainer Sean Woods set the foundations of the afternoon and Guyon capitalised on the well-fancied runner with a half-length win over Flying China.
'Jolly Good had trialled so well on the dirt in the past that I thought the day we went there with him he would be suited,' Woods said. 'In addition to that, he's also become very well rated, a year ago he was only beaten five lengths in the Derby, so he was well suited in this class of race.
'I'm sure he'll run a race going back onto the grass again, but he's just one of those horses that needs cut in the ground, so probably towards the end of the season when we strike some wet tracks it will suit him better than the firm ground now.'
After bagging the feature Group One race aboard his most successful galloper, Guyon made hay while the sun was shining and booted home Fat Choy Oohlala in the last with a perfectly ridden race.
'It was a great way to finish my contract, I will be back next month for the Derby, and then I will be back riding here for another few months next season starting around December,' Guyon said.