Rider and his mount, Star of Bond, fight back to win

Keith Yeung Ming-lun made a successful return from injury when Benno Yung Tin-pang's Star Of Bond made it three straight in the Coloane Handicap. Yeung hadn't ridden since breaking his left collarbone in late December, but got through a solid day's work with seven rides. Star Of Bond ($23), who usurped Key Witness as favourite, looked beaten but fought back doggedly, even overcoming a slightly slipped saddle. "He has courage," Yung said. "He still struggles around a turn, but I think he can win again." Michael Cox

Three-day riding ban spoils local jockey's double effort

Just when it seemed Vincent Ho Chak-yiu had snapped out of a funk, his season was stalled again after he incurred a three-day ban. Ho won on Peppermint on Wednesday, while victory aboard Penny Lane and Lucky Dan gave him 13 wins for the term, but he was charged for careless riding in race four. Me Tsui Yu-sak gave the jockey credit when it came to Lucky Dan's victory, after his horse was heavily backed after 10 unplaced local runs. "He did get gate two, but it was a nice ride," Tsui said. "This horse might be like his name and just had a lucky day." Michael Cox

Gibson to work star 'reverse way' in preparation for Dubai

Richard Gibson will work Akeed Mofeed left handed early Tuesday morning in a specially convened turf gallop at Sha Tin to prepare for his upcoming desert raid. "He won't work fast - it won't be speed work, the whole idea is just to get him used to turning left," Gibson said. "We will do it once a week until he gets on the plane to Dubai. He is in great condition." The International Day hero was a disappointment last start but is still being aimed at the US$10 million Dubai World Cup over 2,000m on the Tapeta surface on March 29. Michael Cox