'I am now getting the respect of the trainers and I'm showing them I can do the job' Torsten Mundry's season has been a lesson in the power of perseverance. The popular German jockey celebrated the 15th winner of his initial term in Hong Kong when he took all the right options to land Doucai a winner of yesterday's Class Four sprint on the all-weather track. Doucai further cemented the profitable partnership Mundry has enjoyed with trainer Andy Leung Ting-wah, who figured so prominently last week as the trainer who gave Douglas Whyte his 100th winner. Mundry was a leading rider in Germany and has won most of the classics in his homeland. Last season, he hit the Far East for the first time and made a big impression in a tour of duty on the other side of the Pearl River Delta in Macau. But neither the big-race successes at home, nor his impressive stats at Taipa, counted for the proverbial hill of beans once he arrived in Hong Kong. 'The first part of the season was very tough, I must admit,' Mundry said. 'I think it was because the local owners and trainers had very little understanding of German racing. They seemed to think the quality of racing in Germany was nothing. 'But one by one, the winners started to come, and the past few months have been so much easier. I am now getting the respect of the trainers, they are putting me on better horses and I'm showing them I can do the job. 'Today, for example, I had eight rides and I have finished among the prizemoney on six or seven of them. I have won a race and was unlucky not to have won another one with Tsunami,' he added. Doucai, easing in the betting before starting at $89, was driven forward by Mundry and was able to cross from barrier seven to race outside perennial leader Keen Flyer. 'That was the big for him difference today,' Mundry said. 'At his last start, a number of horses wanted to lead and he was caught four wide outside them. He did a big job to finish third, and was only beaten a head. This time, he's been able to sit second and he's fought on very well in the straight. He didn't win by much but he was always going to beat the horse on the inside [Keen Flyer].' Mundry's luck wasn't quite so rosy in the fifth event, when Doucai's stablemate Tsunami was stopped in his tracks at the 300-metres mark. 'It was such a shame,' he said. 'The horse was just starting to run on and he just ran out of room - we had nowhere to go. He's run on very well for second and I've no doubt he would have won with clear running, no doubt at all.' While most racing professionals are looking forward to the annual break after next Sunday's meeting, Mundry isn't one of them. 'I'm just starting to get a roll on,' he said. 'I'm delighted to have been licensed again for next season and I can't wait to get back and start again.' Mundry concluded with a heart-felt tribute to Whyte, who will next week be crowned champion jockey of Hong Kong for the fourth time. 'This is the man I most admire,' he said. 'Dougie had already ridden 80 winners for the season and then dieted his weight down even further, to take lighter rides, and he rode last week at 114 pounds. What kind of dedication is that? You just have to admire the man - he is a champion.'