Promising 10-pound claimer has made his name winning for other stables

The jockey roster's most recent addition, 10-pound claimer Jack Wong Ho-nam has made a good start to his local career and added a winning pair at Sha Tin with the only surprise that he managed to win one for Me Tsui Yu-sak - his allocated trainer. Most young riders tend to earn the trust of outside stables by riding winners for their 'boss' first but Wong has gone about it differently. "He has won five races for other trainers and had 24 rides for me but this is his first win," said Tsui after Wong led throughout on Class Five dirt battler, Mister Marc. "He's limited but, with the 10 pounds off, he had a chance." Alan Aitken

Yasuda Kinen betting drops significantly with no Hong Kong involvement

With no Hong Kong participation for the first time in some years, simulcast turnover was down on the Group One Yasuda Kinen in Tokyo yesterday as Hong Kong fans got a glimpse of the horse they missed seeing against Able Friend in the Champions Mile. There had been some talk Maurice would come for last month's international but connections went elsewhere and yesterday collected the first Group One for the four-year-old, who has won six of 11 starts. Hong Kong punters showed less interest, turning over HK$27.2 million on the race, or almost 10 per cent down from last year's event. Alan Aitken

Winnie's Horse's shock win no surprise to trainer

Trainer Francis Lui Kin-wai finished the Sha Tin meeting off with a winning double and, if anything, seemed less surprised by his 25-1 chance Winnie's Horse than by Lucky Bubbles in the last race. Lucky Bubbles was third choice in the betting but Lui admitted he felt Lucky Year and Line Seeker might be too strong, while he at least had confidence Winnie's Horse (Keith Yeung Ming-lun) would do better than his last of 14 last start at his second run back from injury. "He had a tendon problem last July, not a bad one but it needed time and patience, and he has come back quite well," Lui said. "I thought he could improve." Alan Aitken