Racing Digest, January 7, 2013
Tong makes the most of his 100th ride to punters' surprise
It was turn the clock back day for a few and jockey Jacky Tong Chi-kit was one of them. Like Eddy Lai Wai-ming later in the day, Tong was landing his first win since October after falling foul of the stewards multiple times. So much so that his surprise Class Five winner, Francis Lui Kin-wai's Bold Tack, was only Tong's 100th ride for the term. "I've had three suspensions and missed six days out of 32 but the worst thing is that, every time I get suspended, I come back and I've lost the rides I had before," he said. Bold Tack's career had been unspectacular in 21 starts since arriving as a 66-rated in 2010 with Tony Cruz and the switch to Lui last season hadn't brought anything better. "I didn't know he could win," Tong said. Alan Aitken
O'Sullivan hails Leung's 'brave and well-judged ride'
Second-up after spending six months on the sideline with a bowed tendon, Paul O'Sullivan's Jade Pins showed he still could have something to offer his patient connections with a strong Class Four win. "I've got to thank the owners, because if they'd tried to rush him, they'd have no horse left," said O'Sullivan. The trainer also had some kind words for his former apprentice Derek Leung Ka-chun, who was last on settling and picked his way through the pack with what O'Sullivan called "a brave and well-judged ride". "Derek is a thinking jockey, he knows who the chances are in a race, and he knew who to trail. I think Douglas [Whyte] set a standard with doing homework." Michael Cox
Slow-maturing gelding shows a liking for the all-weather track
After bowing to owners wishes, trainer Me Tsui Yu-sak finally got the "slow maturing" Hearts Keeper back on the all-weather track and, with the help of a perfect draw, he broke his maiden. Hearts Keeper had run a slashing race as runner-up on the dirt first-up, but an owner with connections to Panasonic made a special request to have his horse race on that company's feature race day. The horse was a respectable second, and then overraced last start on the turf, before he showed he has much more ability on the inner track. "He certainly likes that track, but he has taken a long time to mature," Tsui said. "I have found the Keepers are slow maturing types, and he is still physically growing." Michael Cox