On the corner, Joao Moreira on 2.9 favourite Dinozzo pulled out to the centre of the track, with Brett Prebble aboard 4/1 second pick Eagle Way manouevering out to the middle early in the straight. Sanna, conversely, had made a decision to stick to the rail and ride for luck, with the Italian rider saying that he took inspiration from Gerald Mosse and Zac Purton; each had guided the Excellent Art gelding to a Class 2 win at Sha Tin apiece.
“I watched all of Gold Mount’s videos when I got the ride,” Sanna said. “When he won at his first start in Hong Kong, at Sha Tin, Gerald won on him. Gerald is my idol as a jockey, so I wanted to ride him similar to the way he rode that day. He saved plenty of ground but he had him a fair bit closer. Even when Zac won on him in November, he also came up the rail – I think the horse just takes encouragement from coming between horses.
“On the corner, I didn’t mind being back last because I was following Eagle Way, and he was following Dinozzo, so I thought I was around the right horses. They were going wide, though, away from the rail, and so I decided that my race would come up the inside. Luckily, it was the right choice as it won me the race.”
At the line, Gold Mount (132lb) had a head to spare over a swooping Eagle Way (133lb), with Dinozzo (131lb) holding down third a length from the winner.