Ng's 10-pound claim makes the difference for six-year-old

PUBLISHED : Monday, 21 November, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 21 November, 2011, 12:00am


David Hall used the 10-pound claim of Alvin Ng Ka-chun to perfection with top-weighted Taverner in the Mui Wo Handicap (1,200m). Taverner returned to Hall's yard after a stint with Paul O'Sullivan, but found himself stationed at the top of Class Three. Hall sought weight relief, which meant the six-year-old carried 123-pounds, and it made the difference with the winning margin a short head. 'Alvin has got a 10-pound claim and it's always going to be an asset, it is half a class,' Hall said. 'But the boys are inexperienced and they need some easier horses to ride to be able to capitalise on it. I thought this would be a horse that would race on the pace and wouldn't be too difficult for him.'