A thriller wrapped up proceedings at Happy Valley’s season opener tonight, Wednesday, 5 September, as Super Hoppy (117lb) rattled to a flashing short-head victory in the Class 2 Big Wave Bay Handicap (1200m) under Chad Schofield.
Trainer Danny Shum was happy to see his smart five-year-old overhaul race favourite Fortune Booth (127lb) in the final stride and land a third Hong Kong win at start eight. And it came on a night when this season’s Hong Kong Airlines Million Challenge had lift-off.
That contest awards points to the first four finishers in all Happy Valley races of Class 3 standard and above, though to its finale on 13 February. Shum-trained horses have carried off two of the last three winning cheques in the HK$1 million competition – Charity Glory last term and Speedy Longwah in 2015/16.