Wong picks up ban before his first win on busy stipes day

Terry Wong Chi-wai went all of last season without a careless riding suspension but this term he has managed to rack up his first ban before his first winner, landing himself in hot water for his display on Meridian Treasure in the opening race. Wong managed to help the weakening Share Of Gold on his way backwards by chopping him out at the 200m and stewards issued him a two-day suspension to begin after Wednesday's Happy Valley fixture. At least he was in good company. Douglas Whyte was another - two day's careless riding penalty for his ride in the same race on China Angel. Whyte rides Wednesday and next Sunday. Stewards had a busy day, with two bleeders, a heart irregularity, Andreas Suborics fined $20,000 for not riding Empire City out to the line in race five and Derek Leung Ka-chun fined $5,000 for yet again dropping his whip. Alan Aitken


Gibson sits on top of trainers'table after faith is repaid

Trainer Richard Gibson has taken up where he left off in his excellent debut season, landing wins at all three meetings and finds himself an early leader in the trainers' table with four successes after he repaid an old debt of thanks with Full Value. Tim Clark gave the four-year-old a perfect box-seat run through the race and Full Value went on with the job to break through in Class Five. "This was the first horse I was given to train here - the owner promised him to me even before I arrived - so it's nice to have finally won one with him," Gibson said. "Last season he had us scratching our heads and I was a bit disappointed but a lot of this game is patience." Alan Aitken


All is well with Shum's sprint star Little Bridge in Japan

Trainer Danny Shum Chap-shing flies out today to join Little Bridge in Tokyo and oversee the King's Stand Stakes winner's tilt at the next leg of the Global Sprint Challenge, the Sprinters Stakes at Nakayama. "All the reports I'm getting since he went to Japan on Tuesday have been positive. He travelled over well and has settled in well in quarantine," Shum said. With the King's Stand Stakes in the bag, Little Bridge has the chance to earn a US$1 million bonus on top of the big stake money if he can take out the Sprinters Stakes and then the Longines Hong Kong Sprint on home turf in December. Lucky Nine is scheduled to trial on Tuesday, then fly out Thursday. Alan Aitken