Former Jockey Club chairman Ronald Arculli was thrilled to win a race on Chairmen’s Day with Red Dancer after what has been a big couple of weeks for the owner otherwise known for racing immensely popular stayer Red Cadeaux. “Red Cadeaux’s three-year-old half-brother won at Pontefract last week and that was a big thrill, but we had two winners at Chester this week that were significant,” Arculli said. “Red Verdon won on Wednesday, he was a horse we bought from the Craven breeze-up sale as a two-year-old, and his granddam is a half-sister to River Verdon. He ran twice last season for a second and first, and has now done the same thing this time in. We also have a horse called Dark Red, he has now won three straight after he won on Thursday.” Michael Cox

Unique victory for Joao Moreira on day of little reward at Sha Tin

It was slim pickings for champion jockey Joao Moreira, who managed only the one victory from his 10 rides at Sha Tin when Unique Joyous continued his rehabilitation in the second. Going back 20 months, Unique Joyous opened last season with some promise after a booming first-up win in Class Four for trainer Manfred Man Ka-leung and he looked set to march up the ratings then inexplicably lost form. A switch to Almond Lee didn’t bring the change but a return to Man recently has, with Unique Joyous now putting two very soft victories together in Class Five and Class Four and that overdue march up the ratings looks on again. “I know it wasn’t a very strong race today but he won very easily. He really does feel like he should be winning in Class Three, so he should definitely be able to win again in this grade,” said Moreira. Alan Aitken

No case of Deja Vu for Derek Leung as Almond Lee’s galloper breaks through

Jockey Derek Leung Ka-chun said Deja Vu always promised to win races on the all-weather but getting his act together came too slowly for his original trainer Ricky Yiu Poon-fai. “He always trialled very well on this surface early in the season but in his races he was just very green,” said Leung after breaking the ice with the now Almond Lee-trained four-year-old yesterday. “The owner decided to change stable and the horse is just getting better now. I’m just lucky that I was able to stay on the horse.” There was only a short head margin in Deja Vu’s favour in the 1,200m Class Four but Leung said that won’t be the finish for the gelding. “I think he really should be a Class Three horse on the dirt, and 1,200m is not his distance either – he will be better suited by 1,650m but this was the dirt race for him that was in the programme,” he said. Alan Aitken

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