Oughton's Laddie takes the high road to success
IT might not have been the one the stable most expected, but the winning run of trainer David Oughton and Irish ace Mick Kinane continued at Sha Tin yesterday.
Kinane, who will be officially Irish champion again after today's meeting at Leopardstown, rode a peach of a race on topweight Highland Laddie (12-1) in the Class Four fifth event on the card.
The Oughton stable faithful had earlier seen hotpot Hussar go under in the opening event at unbackable odds.
Kinane bounced Highland Laddie out very smartly from his extreme outside draw and had him across and travelling beautifully before the run out of the straight.
Highland Laddie had three-parts of a length to spare on the line to last start winner Flowers Treasure (8-1) with Plenty Cash (6-1) a short head away in third place.
Kinane has now ridden a winner - or more - a meeting since arriving in mid-October and said: 'It has been an excellent start. David's horses are running well and I am benefiting from that.
'Highland Laddie surprised me a bit but he has done that before.'