Orange ends it sweetly for struggling Ferraris
It was a promising end to the term for David Ferraris as Sweet Orange clinched the last race, the Hong Kong Racechorse Owners Association Trophy (1,400m) and gave a farewell win to popular South African jockey Weichong Marwing.
Sweet Orange had run well but without luck at two starts here, but Marwing (pictured) gave a textbook display from a good draw to clear out and score from Adoration, and give Ferraris something to be pleased about after his worst season.
The trainer's yard was subjected to frustrating noise problems due to construction nearby his stables in the Olympic complex, leading to a tally of just 19 wins - down even on his disappointing first year from the new stables in 2009-10.
'It was terribly frustrating - everyone knows the problems we had with the building work - and I had a lot of second placings,' Ferraris said. 'I guess if just five or six of those seconds had been winners, then it wouldn't have been too bad. Stakes-wise, I've done better than last year and I do think the last few weeks have shown that things are on the improve. The Olympic stables are state of the art, great stables, and horses have to be able to run trained out of them but it's a case of just getting everything right. Next year will be my third season down there and I've changed a few things around and the horses have been consistently running better, so I'm expecting we will do much better next year.'
The good news for Ferraris wasn't only around Sweet Orange's impressive win, either, as the trainer of Bear Hero has confirmed a trip to Melbourne for the Group One Coolmoore Stud Stakes is on for the youngster in October.
'We've just been told the Australian quarantine service has approved Sha Tin as a quarantine centre and what that means Bear Hero will do a couple of weeks' quarantine, go down for just the one race, and then come back and it will all be very neat and not drawn out,' he said.
Marwing did not re-apply for his licence and will return to South Africa, where his son, Wesley, 19, wants to start a career as a jockey himself, but he won't be lost to Hong Kong.
'My son has asked me to come home and help him with a few things, to help get him started,' he said. 'And I have some other personal things to attend to in South Africa as well, but I have spoken to the Jockey Club about my plans and I'm hoping I'll be able to come back here some time in the middle of next season.'