Benno Yung praises Gerald Mosse for getting his gelding home

Thor The Greatest doesn't sound like the easiest horse for a trainer but his handler Benno Yung Tin-pang was turning all the praise in Gerald Mosse's direction after the French ace guided the gelding to a third victory this term but his first on the straight course. "He is quite a backward horse mentally and he wasn't ready for the straight before. He needed more racing experience so I kept him on the bends even though he is a very fast horse who should be perfect for 1,000m" Yung said. "But Gerald has such wonderful hands, the horses travel so smoothly for him and he was able to control that speed that the horse has." Thor The Greatest has won his three races this campaign despite being a nightmare on the training track who refuses pretty much anything that anyone wants to do with him in the mornings. Alan Aitken

Francis Lui surprised his sprinter 'graduated' with flying colours

Trainer Francis Lui Kin-wai went old school for the win of Helen's Choice in the opening race at Sha Tin, listening to it on a radio while he attended his daughter's primary school graduation ceremony. And while the final result of the Class Five dirt sprint was a happy one, with the gelding storming over the leaders to score, Lui admitted later that he had all but sold out his chances when Helen's Choice (Keith Yeung Ming-lun) was back in the field. "I expected the horse would be close to the lead, where he usually is, so when he wasn't up there in the call I had no idea whether something had happened to him at the start of the race," Lui said. "Helen's Choice has a short sprint and normally needs a low draw because of that. Even from barrier twelve, I expected he would be up with the leaders because I wouldn't think he could sustain a long finish from the back. For him, that was probably a good effort to win." Alan Aitken

Four a lucky number for Tony Millard with all-weather win

Four was far from an unlucky number for Tony Millard at Sha Tin yesterday - he sent four horses to the races, his first three runners making it into the placings before it was fourth time lucky with four-year-old Horse Supremo in the Class Four fourth race. Horse Supremo (Alex Lai Hoi-wing) had run consistently over the 1,200m on Sha Tin's all-weather track, finishing in the top four on four of the five occasions he'd tackled the course and distance before, but finally did enough to get his nose in front at the right time. "It's fitting, because he represents a lot about our season," Millard said. "We may not have had as many winners, but we've been around the mark and our earnings have been as high as ever, so it's been a good season. And a lot of our horses look on track for next season so it is onwards and upwards." Andrew Hawkins