In-demand Lloyd gets that winning feeling again
With trainers lamenting his imminent departure, veteran Jeff Lloyd continued to turn back the clock as he booted home a double, including a maiden win on the David Ferraris-trained Sharema Feeling.
Lloyd was due to leave the Hong Kong riding ranks at the end of last month, but was granted an extension to ride until and including the Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby meeting on March 18.
Ferraris was heaping praise on his Australia-bound countryman after a beautiful ride on his tricky four-year-old.
'It is sad to see him go, but that's what happens in this place,' the South African said. 'He is the best light weight rider we have here by a furlong, so who are you going to use now?'
'He has ridden for me since he was an apprentice, he is a great light weight rider. It is very sad to see him go and I'm very upset because he has ridden three winners for me this season.'
Sharema Feeling was heavily punted, setting the brown lamp alight with a move from as much as $320 to start $89.
'He was very unlucky last time out,' Ferraris said. 'The price he ended up was the price he should have been.'
Sharema Feeling has been reported to have made abnormal breathing sounds in the past, but Ferraris said the horse had scoped clean and was simply 'thick winded', and needed to be ridden cold as a result.
'Those type of horses are better off just held up for a run,' Ferraris said. 'Horses that make a noise like that, if you let them stride, they knock up. We've scoped him and can't find anything wrong with him. We've had the vets look at it and they tell us he is not any worse than other horses.'
Ferraris said the horse's last run, a seventh, beaten 13/4 lengths after jumping from gate 14 was typical of his 12-start career up until yesterday.
'He has been unlucky all the way through, he just has never been able to draw a gate and just ends up off the course every time he runs,' he said.
Lloyd, who won earlier on Ultimate Winners, said Ferraris' horse has some ability, but needed things to go his way in a race.
'If he settles he can run a race,' he said. 'You can't push him at all, you've got to get him to relax. Today's tempo was fast, we never got on heels and he breathed well. I think there is another win in him in the grade.'