It will be the third straight year that Leung represents Hong Kong. He finished fifth in 2015, while he failed to accrue any points when equal 11th last year.
“I haven’t had the best book of rides in either year that I have ridden,” Leung said. “I feel that I am riding in terrific form currently, so if I get a better group of horses, hopefully I can perform strongly.”
Leung took the opener, the Class 5 Dumbarton Handicap (1200m), aboard Francis Lui-trained Golden Glory.
“He seems to be a different horse this season,” Leung said. “He’s matured a little bit and the change of stable, change of routine, seems to have switched him on. He’s not as weak as he once was, he handles it all a bit better now, and he also cornered better tonight.”
He then added the last, the Class 3 Stirling Handicap (1650m), on David Ferraris’ Magnetism. It was the second leg of a brace for Ferraris, too, having earlier saddled up Douglas Whyte-ridden London City to win the first section of the Class 4 Hamilton Handicap (1200m).
Yip’s Super proves no Fluke with third straight win
Super Fluke (133lb) had attained something of a reputation as a “fluke” winner, having only won one of his first 21 races in Hong Kong since arriving from New Zealand.
However, this season he has finally come into his own. The Dennis Yip-trained galloper continued in his rich vein of form with a third straight win, taking the first section of the Class 3 Irving Handicap (1200m) under Brett Prebble.
“His first win this season was a really big win, I don’t think it really got the attention it probably should have at the time because it was this horse,” Prebble said. “And he’s just kept going from there, to the point where he’s won strongly at the top of Class 3. He’s a lovely horse now – he’s happy, he doesn’t pull any more, he used to be aggressive but now he travels so well. I really enjoy riding him, he’s great in the mornings and obviously he’s fun on raceday!