Racing Digest, October 7, 2012

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 07 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 07 October, 2012, 2:18am

Five-year-old repays the faith to hand Lui meaty win

Hong Kong Fat's descent into Class Five had been pretty much a straight line for the former Irish galloper, but some time and expertise from top jockey Brett Prebble turned that around in the opening race. The Francis Lui Kin-wai-trained five-year-old arrived on a rating of 66 but has never looked like justifying that and plummeted through Class Three and Four in twelve starts, until Prebble began to take an interest after finishing fourth on the gelding at the end of last season. "He's done a lot of work in the mornings with him this season, the horse has needed time to acclimatise and when you look at how he raced today, there should be more improvement," Lui said after the narrow win. Alan Aitken


Change of yard and time off do the trick for six-year-old

The horses which have benefitted from a change of yard make a long and varied list, but trainer Michael Chang Chun-wai's description of Danewin Tiger's arrival at his yard made the gelding seem in retrospect to have needed it more than most. The six-year-old scored just his third win in 31 starts under Howard Cheng Yue-tin, but the rider's celebrations on the line made it clear that job satisfaction had been high from trainer and jockey. "He was horrible when he arrived at my stables," said Chang. "He was gone in the coat, he was stiff in the hind legs when he walked and he has a very bad mouth. I gave him some time off, took all the gear off his head and since then he has started to show me some ability." Alan Aitken


Angland, Lai and Ng join long list of suspensions

The club is running tight for jockeys for Happy Valley on Wednesday week after three more were hit with suspension. Zac Purton starts a careless-riding ban today, while Brett Prebble (15th October), Oliver Doleuze (18th) and Alex Lai Hoi-wing (18th) have penalties coming up shortly. Now that list can add Tye Angland, for his ride in race six on Good Hong Kong, Eddy Lai Wai-ming (race three, Good Thinker) and Alvin Ng Ka-chun (race nine, Simple) - with all three sidelined for the meetings on October 14 and 17. With Dicky Lui Cheuk-yin as yet unlicensed to ride at Happy Valley, and Keith Yeung Ming-lun injured, the club will have just 15 riders available for the Happy Valley card on October 17. Alan Aitken


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