International Sale given a boost by smart graduate

Richard Gibson voiced some support for the Hong Kong International Sale after graduate Fabulous November broke through for his first win in a restricted event. "I feel like the sale gets a lot of unwarranted bad press," Gibson said. "We should be congratulating Mark Richards and his team when they find one like this." Fabulous November had finished runner-up behind Jun Dao and Seasons Star - both subsequent winners - at his first two starts. The three-year-old by Pins was given a beautiful ride by Olivier Doleuze, who positioned his mount just in behind the speed. "It was a nice, professional win and we will now aim him at the Griffin Trophy in one month," Gibson said. Michael Cox


Shum has big plans for his impressive youngster

After Little Cow's impressive debut win, trainer Danny Shum Chap-shing was playing down his horse's upside, pointing to a serious throat problem as a possible hindrance to his career progression. But after Little Cow made it back-to-back victories, Shum was shooting for the sky, revealing seemingly quixotic plans for his sprinter. "I want to take him to England, to Newmarket and the July Stakes. If he is still going good, that's the plan," he said. "He had gone up 14 points because he had won so easily, but I wasn't worried at all because he is a good horse and could easily handle Class Three. He was only 80 per cent fit and was in another class to those horses." Michael Cox


Fourie suffers bruisingtime with Lord Sinclair

Richard Fourie will have stand-by riders declared for his mounts at Happy Valley when declarations are taken this morning, after a barrier incident before Lord Sinclair missed his proposed debut. Lord Sinclair doubtless caught Fourie by surprise as he attempted to dive under the front of his starting gate, became wedged in the stalls and banged Fourie into the steel frame. The horse appeared to escape well enough and was scratched but Fourie injured his ankle. Meanwhile, Olivier Doleuze was fined $40,000 and suspended for two days for careless riding in race six, while Tye Angland was also relieved of HK$20,000 for not sending Navel Orange to the line. Alan Aitken