The international day undercard has long been a pointer to future success and Chris So Wai-yin certainly hopes the trend can continue with Fabulous One after the exciting sprinter continued his rapid ascension through the grades.
Fabulous One is unbeaten in four starts this season and will be on the brink of Class One once handicappers assess his one and three-quarter length win – but So has much bigger things in mind.
“Hopefully we are back here next year and in the Hong Kong Sprint,” he said.
Australian jockey Craig Williams was aboard for the first time and said the fact he was able to ride the gelding in trackwork was key.
“It’s fine watching replays, but to get on him at trackwork helped me get a really good understanding of him and that helped us get a result today,” Williams said.
“Whatever he has done so far is a bonus.
Two years ago it was Paul O’Sullivan’s Aerovelocity winning a Class Three 12 months before clinching a Hong Kong Sprint, and while the trainer doesn’t hold the same hope for Jolly Jolly, he was happy with the four-year-old’s progress.
“I don’t think the handicapper has caught up with him just yet,” O’Sullivan said.
John’s Size-trained Class Two winner Sun Jewellery got back to his winning ways as jockey Joao Moreira utilised the horse’s gate speed to great effect.
“He got to his position quickly from that draw, then they went quick around the turn and I was able to sit box seat. It opened up for him but I thought he won quite well,” he said.
Sun Jewellery is listed as a roarer but Moreira said it clearly wasn’t having much of an effect on the four-year-old’s performance as he heads towards next month’s Classic Mile.
“He makes a little bit of noise but it didn’t stop him today,” he said.
Danny Shum Chap-shing scored his 400th career winner when Happilababy ground out a first local win.
Shum stepped the son of Mastercraftsman up to 1,800 metres and equipped him with blinkers, Zac Purton getting a better jump for the stayer, but then allowing the horse to find a rhythm.
“I just let him travel and go through his gears,” Purton said.
A club doctor will assess apprentice Kei Chiong Ka-kei today after she broke two fingers on her right hand after she was unseated from Gentilis in race three. In the same race, Moreira was fined HK$15,000 for failing to ride sixth-placed Team Fortune right out to the line.