Racing Digest, February 3, 2013
Honest veteran helps Mosse and Lui to get back on track
Neither jockey Gerald Mosse nor trainer Francis Lui Kin-wai have been having a dream run of late, but old-timer Leo's Pride put both of them back on the scorecard in the third race. Down to Class Four at his favourite all-weather mile, Leo's Pride showed yet again that he is a bit better than that grade when he sprinted too quickly at the 250m, giving Mosse his first success since New Year's Day and Lui just his second since October. "Leo's Pride is not such a good horse but he is honest, always very kind to me and gives me his best," said Mosse, whose record on the gelding reads nine rides for three wins and four minor placings. The rider later made it two for the afternoon on Pure Champion in the Group Three Centenary Vase feature (1,800m). Alan Aitken
'I think Sam The Tailor is having a bit of fun with him'
Hong Kong's best-known tailor, Sam The Tailor, was back in the winner's circle with Green Zone yesterday, claiming the Heung Yee Kuk Cup to give the gelding his third win on the all-weather. Manu Melwani, aka Sam The Tailor, had endured an ownership drought of nearly two decades between winners before Caspar Fownes won for him last season with Potential and Green Zone. Potential has since been retired but Green Zone has found a comfortable niche in the dirt sprints, returning a cheque in all but two of his 12 runs and this time landing a cup race. "He's a really decent bread-and-butter sort of horse and I think they're having a bit of fun with him," said Fownes, who thus maintained his one-win lead over Tony Cruz in the trainers' title chase. Alan Aitken
Chang's gelding lands betting move to revel on the dirt
The Michael Chang Chun-wai-trained Danewin Tiger landed a sizeable betting move in the Class Four 1,200m sprint, dropping back in distance at his first attempt on the all-weather surface. The gelding's price halved in the final minutes before Danewin Tiger (Howard Cheng Yue-tin) held off Supreme Hong Kong narrowly to give him two wins from six runs with Chang. "He had always trialled well on the dirt, so I thought it would be no problem but the main difference is the pace and the fact I always think the class of horse in the all-weather races is lower," Chang said. "I tried to step him up to 1,400m but the pace is not right and this horse has a sensitive mouth - as soon as the speed slows in his races, he puts his head up." Alan Aitken