FEMALE claimer Sherie Kong Pik-wing was laughing in the rain that streamed down on Ladies' Day at Sha Tin yesterday. Kong could not have picked a more appropriate day to land her first career winner. It has been tough for Patrick Biancone's young female apprentice and she has not had that many opportunities. But trainer Alex Wong Yu-on, who has enjoyed a particularly fine start to the season, put one her way yesterday in the shape of front-running Niagara Falls and suddenly Kong was the Ladies' Day heroine. New Zealand ace Lisa Cropp and English lass Emma O'Gorman tried desperately on a clutch of outsiders during the meeting without success, but it was to be Hong Kong's own Sherie Kong who became the lone lady winner on this special day of the season. 'I am so happy but I was not thinking about it being Ladies' Day,' she said. 'I am very grateful to trainer Alex Wong for having faith in me and the horse ran very well. 'But I also want to thank my master, Mr Biancone, who has always been a very great help to me,' said Kong, flanked by her friend and weighing room colleague Win L. F. Chung and the visiting women after the final event. It may have been a very ordinary Class Six event restricted to local riders, but Kong made every post a winner on Niagara Falls and rode him out to the line. She easily accounted for favourite Fortune Partner (4-1) with My Bunny (80-1) back in third place. Trainer David Hill was understandably pleased about the winning performance of his smart young sprinter Kowloon Pride (3-1 favourite) in the Class Four, 1,000-metre third event. An excellent trial performer on the grass earlier in the week, Kowloon Pride responded promptly to the urgings of Tony Cruz and ran away from the field to win convincingly from newcomer Concert Fortune (7-2). 'I am not going to get carried away but I was definitely pleased with his effort. I thought a bit about the horse last season and he did everything right today - that was what really pleased me most. I have no doubt that he has ability and he showed that today,' said Hill. 'At this stage I am not making any predictions but I will be looking out for a couple of other suitable races for him.' Kowloon Pride was much too strong and will surely be very competitive over longer trips than yesterday. Supporters of Concert Fortune can also take heart as he will be winning a race or two for trainer Tony P. H. Chan. The earlier straight course event had gone to the Piere Styrdom-ridden Cosmolife (6-1) and this success was the second of his career for first-season trainer Ricky P. F. Yiu. Cosmolife refused resolutely to give up his early advantage and battled to the line to account for straight course specialist Humdinger (10-1) by a short head. Royal Pride (9-1) was a length and a quarter further back in third place.