Taknam is ungainly but he's all heart: Leung
Taknam might have an action more bovine than equine, but the gelding made it back-to-back wins under a silky ride by Derek Leung Ka-chun, who is intent on carving out a niche as the go-to lightweight jockey for the upcoming feature races.
Peter Ng Bik-kuen made it a race-to-race double when Taknam, a galloper whose ungainly action was perhaps forgiven by a slightly softened track, scored in the Fa Po Handicap.
"His action isn't very good, it's a little bit like a cow, but he has a very good heart," Leung said.
Scope to get over further - Taknam's maiden win was over 2,000m as a three-year-old at Newmarket - and encouraging signs in the mornings have Leung confident the five-year-old can progress.
"He has improved this season, he used to be lazy all the time, but his attitude seems to have changed," he said. "I have galloped him a few times, he improved off his trial and is getting very fit."
Leung, who missed the first two meetings through suspension, had nine rides yesterday and his ability to ride as low as 115 pounds should continue to attract decent mounts, particularly with fellow local Keith Yeung Ming-lun sidelined for up to three months.
"There's no club jockeys that can ride the lightweights, only the locals, so that is good for me," Leung said.
The 24-year-old is slated to ride a couple of outside chances down in the weights at Monday's National Day meeting - Aashiq in the Group Three National Day Cup and Flying Colours in the Sha Tin Sprint Trophy.
Ng won the previous race with much-maligned Dane Patrol, who had won just one from 22 in the grade previously, showing a propensity to pop like a pricked balloon midway through his races in recent times.
Ng's double, and a win by Andreas Schutz with Forever Elation, left Sean Woods, Paul O'Sullivan and Me Tsui Yu-sak as the only trainers without a win after five meetings.
Forever Elation was described as a "reluctant winner" by Schutz, but barrier one, a gun ride by Tye Angland and suitable circumstances gave the six-year-old his fourth win at his 47th start.
"The race worked out perfectly for him with the slower pace," Angland said. "From the inside draw, he wasn't too far back, but the thing that really helped him was that the horse in front kicked right away so he had something to chase."
Schutz had considered retirement for a horse he said came to him from New Zealand with "plenty of mileage on the clock".
"He has been a disappointing horse, he needs everything to go exactly right for him to win a race. Unless he is presented with everything he won't do it," Schutz said.
"The owner thought about retiring him but I said that there was definitely another win in him, but if he is disappointing a few more times, we will replace him."