Holland chalks up win - and a ban
By ROBIN PARKE
ENGLISH visitor Darryll Holland had a topsy-turvy Arc night at Sha Tin where he landed his sixth winner and then picked up a three-day suspension.
Holland, who went into the meeting leading the early championship, was joined at the top by French ace Eric Legrix but he was understandably downcast about his unwanted holiday.
It came from an incident in the first race where erratic Po On King, who eventually finished second for Holland, hung in very noticeably on the Tony Cruz-ridden Fook Win. It led to a Stewards' Inquiry and an objection.
Placings stood - but Holland was banned for three days and an appeal is unlikely.
'I put my whip down and did what I could quickly but it did not look good and I cannot really complain. I will be speaking to trainer Gary Ng about it but I would not think an appeal is likely.
'It happened and that is the way they saw it. I am only sorry because it takes a bit out of my stint and things have been going so well,' said the popular English rider.
He was seen at his dynamic best on Ellen's Voyage (9-1) who took the third event on the card, a Class Five race over 1,600 metres.
Ellen's Voyage has shown a marked reluctance to actually win races in the past but Holland kept him right up to the mark and the seven-year-old showed no inclination to stop.
'He responded and went to the line well. It was quite a fair win,' said Holland.
Ellen's Voyage handily accounted for Paradise (18-1) who ran a promising second for Rambo Tse Wai-ho while the heavily-backed favourite Chivalry (4-1) finished third, beaten fair and square.
It was the biggest night - or day - in the career of apprentice Raymond S. M. Tam who landed a double.
He had few worries on Jay Ee Eight (20-1) in the second event as the sprinter really ran out the 1,200 metres strongly which was not the case in the past.
But it was a nail-biting affair in the final event where the good Irish import Heavily Armed (25-1) got up in the last stride to win a dramatic three-way tussle.
After a lengthy look at the photograph, the judge post bottomweight Millennium Reigns second with 5-1 chance Mount Hansen third. There was virtually nothing between them as they hit the line.
Tam did very well as Heavily Armed looked as if he was going to be run out of it by Mount Hansen, under strong riding from Brian York, very close home.
It was a good performance, too, from Peter Hutchinson on the rails on Millennium Reigns who was headed close home by Mount Hansen.
But Tam urged a final effort out of the winner and Millennium Reigns got his head down right on the line - and took second spot by a lip.