New French rider Pierre-Charles Boudot made everyone sit up and take notice after winning the opening two races at Sha Tin on horses who were looking for some inspiration.
G-One Union’s career has never been that straightforward but Boudot tamed him with a patient ride in the Class Five and then 30 minutes later made a good job of the David Ferraris-trained Ambitious Heart, who had put on one of the most piggish displays of any horse this season at his latest appearance at Happy Valley.
The gelding was uncontrollable and interfered with half of the field with his antics at the Valley, pulling hard and fighting Douglas Whyte in every way he could in a performance which had not been his pattern before, even if he had been known to race a bit keenly.
“He had some bee in his bonnet that night, he spent the whole race with his head in the air. I don’t know but it might have been to do with the blinkers,” Ferraris said after watching the gelding scrape in on Saturday in a blanket finish.
“Still, it was the owner who wanted to take Douglas off the horse and he wanted the Frenchman on. And he did a good job of settling the horse but the blinkers came off too so that might have been part of it as well.”
Ferraris said Ambitious Heart had more wins in his future despite a modest strike rate of two from 19.
“He’s a sound horse, a nice horse who we bought at the Magic Millions Ready To Run sale and paid a bit of money for him,” he said. “He’s a full brother to Seasons Bloom.”
Apprentice Dylan Mo Hin-tung was suspended out of the race for careless riding on I’m A Witness, with two days and a HK$10,000 fine his penalty for knocking over Mutual Joy early as he crossed the field to lead. All in all, Mutual Joy had rather a forgettable race as he also bled.