Ricky Yiu Poon-Fai

Kingdom's hunt for record to continue

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 17 January, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 17 January, 2012, 12:00am


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Trainer Ricky Yiu Poon-fai has confirmed the career of champion sprinter Sacred Kingdom will continue after he emerged unscathed from his fifth to Eagle Regiment in the Centenary Sprint Cup on Sunday.

The multiple Group One winner appeared to have every chance and just didn't let down strongly enough to take the prize.

In the heat of the moment, neither Yiu nor jockey Zac Purton was making any excuse in defeat, but stewards later reported the gelding had lost his front left shoe during the race.

'The horse has come out of the race in good condition. His hoof was not damaged when he lost the shoe and he will continue on to the Chairman's Sprint Prize next month,' Yiu said.

The eight-year-old is still looking for one more victory to take his tally to a new Hong Kong all-time record of 18 successes - a mark he currently shares on 17 wins with Silent Witness.

Elsewhere, Hong Kong Jockey Club stewards will be seeing plenty of trainer Andy Leung Ting-wah today.

This afternoon at 2pm, Kim Kelly's men will resume their inquiry into the bona fides of the Double Up Syndicate, the owner of the Leung-trained lower-grade sprinter China Good. But when that is done - or adjourned once more - the panel will consider jockey Alex Lai Hoi-wing's handling of the Leung-trained Common Goal at Happy Valley last Wednesday. The grey came from a conspicuous last to finish an eye-catching seventh to Noble De Best, a preamble to his close third beaten a neck on the all-weather surface on Sunday.

And, in the background, there continues Leung's attempt to have the date of his birth correctly identified, as he believes a clerical error has been made that will soon require his compulsory retirement from training at 65 years old, before he reaches that age in fact.