Ultra-consistent Mr Medici gave apprentice Ben So Tik-hung the biggest win of his brief career in the Group Three Premier Plate (1,800m) yesterday as a statement on the persuasive powers of his trainer Peter Ho Leung. Ho, who is also the allocated trainer for So, strongly pleaded the case with Mr Medici's owner to allow the junior rider to take the mount in the black-type feature, despite top senior jockeys chasing the mount. 'I talked to the owner for half an hour to get him to give Ben a chance in this race and I have to thank him for listening to me,' Ho said. 'Mr Medici has always been running in the best races against top-class opposition, so coming back into a handicap was an easier job for him but of course he had the big weight and that would have been a disaster for him.' Which is where So's seven-pound allowance came in and Ho was desperate to use the apprentice, who has been in such great form lately. 'Often for the Group races, owners like to turn to the better senior jockeys and Gerald Mosse had been asking to ride Mr Medici again and again,' Ho pointed out. 'But ever since I started training, I have tried to support the local jockeys and the apprentices and if they are doing the right thing, then they should get these sorts of chances. Mr Medici is not a difficult horse to ride, he always gives his best and I believe anyone can ride him. 'With the seven-pound claim, the horse was more comfortable than he would have been with 133 pounds and I think I was proved right for wanting the allowance when you look at the margin,' he added. After a copybook ride by So, Mr Medici prevailed by a neck over the John Moore-trained Yummy Spirits, which gave him a good start into the straight and may have thrown away his chance to get past the winner by ducking in. Moore was far from happy jockey Howard Cheng Yue-tin had not carried his whip in the right hand, as instructed, which might have prevented the second placegetter from getting inwards when the pressure went on and he came to challenge Mr Medici at the 200m. 'It's a disappointing. We knew he had this habit and both Darren Beadman and I stressed to Howard that should have the whip in his right hand and that hasn't happened and he hasn't been beaten far,' said Moore. Bullish Cash, who won the race two years ago, ran on well from the rear for third. It was Mr Medici's second win here, both at Group Three level after he had taken out the Queen Mother's Memorial Cup last year, but he has now won over HK$9 million in stakes with multiple placings in some of the biggest events on the calendar. Ho said he had no firm plan for the horse's next start and would discuss it with the owner, though it would appear Mr Medici is likely headed for another clash with the big names in the Group One Audemar Piguet QE II Cup next month. The race saw Mr Medici ease from an opening odds-on quote to $27 while a massive plunge went astray on Douglas Whyte's mount, Tuscan Spirit, with the four-year-old firming from $110 at one stage to $42 at post time, but he had his chance in fourth and failed to stay the 1,800m strongly once again.