Trainer Richard Gibson is rapidly branding himself "King of the PPs" with his skill at winning first time out with horses which have raced previously overseas.

We thought he would need further, so it's a pleasant surprise, but maybe what helped him was that the leaders went quite hard in the race
Richard Gibson

Private Purchases (PPs) are notoriously infrequent first-up victors, with their numbers usually counted on one hand each season, but Gibson seems to have a knack for it that was again on show after Jetwings (Olivier Doleuze) stunned punters and connections alike winning up the straight course.

It was Gibson's second winning PP this term, after Giant Treasure's international day success, but he confessed to it being a "pleasant surprise" at almost 24-1.

"We thought he would need further, so it's a pleasant surprise, but maybe what helped him was that the leaders went quite hard in the race," said Gibson.

Jetwings' first two trials had been poor and Doleuze said even his latest trial, an improvement in slow time at Happy Valley, had not given him a lot of confidence.

"I was on him in his first trial and then I went to Switzerland to fix my shoulder," the jockey explained. "So I didn't ride his second trial and it didn't look great. He was better at Happy Valley, I just never thought he would be able to follow a fast pace like that over 1,000m. He felt to me like a mile horse, so Richard just said wait on him behind the pace, but when I jumped out he put himself there and he just cruised."

Doleuze put him on the back of the odds-on favourite, Country Melody for much of the race, but found the 1.7 chance - later reported by jockey Karis Teetan as "flat" - was no more use to him at the 250m mark.

"He gave me good feeling and ran good time - I just hope he's not a one-day star," Doleuze said. "I'm surprised, really. I did like him as a horse for the future, but I honestly didn't think he was a chance today. He's just a baby so maybe there is a lot more ahead."

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