Aussie maestro gets the best out of low graders
Brett Prebble will have nightmares about the way his Sprint Cup ride on Sacred Kingdom panned out, but the Australian ace still displayed the traits that have made him one of Hong Kong's most successful jockeys with a pair of wins on Tout Va Bien and Real Supreme.
The Caspar Fownes-trained Tout Va Bien may have been the beneficiary of the late scratching of even money favourite Gold Joint, which reefed HK$36 million in refunds from the betting pools, but the horse never looked like losing once Prebble slotted him into a perfect trail behind the leaders.
'Tout Va Bien is very honest, he tried hard again today and I think now he's in form, Caspar will try to sneak a Class Four win with him,' Prebble (pictured) said.
'That certainly won't be out of his reach with a light weight next time.'
The six-year-old racked up his fifth win yesterday and took his earnings to more than HK$2.5 million with a 1 1/2 lengths victory over long-shot Planet.
Real Supreme also benefited enormously from Prebble's presence in the saddle and responded instantly to his urgings in the straight to pick up the leaders and grab a half-length win over the sweeping run of Finezza.
'He didn't have a cent left on line, but the split came just at the right time and saved his energy,' Prebble said.
'If he'd had to shoulder his way out, that would have taken the spark out of him and probably would have meant he'd get beaten, but it panned out perfect for us.
'He's probably done his thing for now, and next season he can climb the ratings ladder a bit further.'
Trainer Peter Ng Bik-kuen has trained 12 winners for the season - and has enjoyed a third of his 2010-11 success with Real Supreme, a three-year-old International Sale Graduate by Flying Spur.
Real Supreme's fourth success of the season came at start 14 and took his prize money past HK$2 million and took his trainer to within one win of the season benchmark.