Owner walks away with a big smile after the four-year-old makes a dazzling return from injury Punters may have got a surprise when revitalised Champion King kept on going to win the last race yesterday, but it's tough to beat a lucky owner. A promising horse 12 months ago, Champion King (Alex Lai Hoi-wing) had been sidelined since December with injury and trainer Peter Ho Leung was as stunned as any onlooker when the gelding kept fighting to win. 'First run for 10 months - I am really surprised. All I can say is the owner is such a lucky lady,' said Ho, who also trains unbeaten sprinter Grand Supreme for owner Ip May-ching. 'Champion King knocked a joint last season, which is why he was so long away from racing, but the owner was happy to be patient and told me if I had to give the horse a long break she didn't mind.' Promising sprinter Galbraith (Robbie Fradd) finally lived up to the hype when he spreadeagled a Class Four in the second, but not before adding a few grey hairs to trainer David Hall's well-maintained crop. Well-backed as favourite, the Anabaa gelding strode away to run a good time and toy with an admittedly average field but it was plainly a relief. 'He's always shown ability but had niggling problems, more immaturity than anything substantial but enough to test anyone's patience,' said Hall. 'So I have to thank the owner George Tong [Kwo-kiun] because it has been frustrating and he's shown a lot of faith leaving the horse in my hands and waiting for everything to come together.' And while gelding has often been the making of a racehorse, Hall was concerned that Galbraith may have gone the other way after his snip. 'The horse turned a bit softer mentally after he was gelded and he looked a bit field shy in a trial on the dirt,' Hall admitted. 'But then we put the blinkers on and he trialled brilliantly up the straight and he's run up to that today.' It was deja vu for Tong - who also raced Queen Mother's Cup winner, Caracoler - as his last horse Always Flying had scored brilliantly up the straight course in his first win. Handicapper Ciaran Kennelly had an indirect role in Kiwi Dash finally providing a winning result in the first event. Since joining Paul O'Sullivan, Kiwi Dash (Brett Prebble) has not run a bad race but was on the verge of being compulsorily retired at the end of last season due to his low rating. 'When he ran third in June, he was on 26 and I gave a little prayer that he'd get two points not one for his third,' O'Sullivan said. 'I did feel I'd get a win out of him, but if he ended the season under 28, he would have been retired. Ciaran gave him two points, so he's still here and I even think he can win again in Class Five.'