A rare Sunday (29 October) card at Happy Valley this weekend carries 10 races, including a competitive Class 2 closer, the Yip Fat Handicap, in which jockey Derek Leung is aiming to maintain his recent momentum with a victory aboard the promising Jumbo Luck (115lb).
Leung enjoyed the biggest win of his career last Sunday when driving Beauty Generation to a narrow victory in the Group 2 Oriental Watch Sha Tin Trophy. The Hong Kong Apprentice Jockeys’ School graduate then took his tally for the season to eight with a score at the city track mid-week.
“I hope I can keep it up,” Leung said during track work at Sha Tin on Friday morning (27 October). “I’m riding with more confidence and it’s a little bit easier to get on the better horses, so I hope it can continue. But, Hong Kong style, if you miss a meeting everyone quickly forgets about you!”
Leung takes the ride on Jumbo Luck with the gelding’s past two partners, Karis Teetan and Joao Moreira, both suspended. Champion Jockey Moreira steered trainer Francis Lui’s charge to a brace of 1200m wins at Sha Tin to round out last term, while Teetan filled in for the five-year-old’s first-up fifth behind the well-regarded Pingwu Spark on 1 October.