Trainer Richard Gibson paid tribute to Hong Kong Jockey Club consultant Nick Columb after Right Honourable anchored a double for both his handler and jockey Zac Purton with victory in the Class 4 Sheung Tak Handicap (1650m) at Happy Valley tonight (Wednesday, 12 September).
Columb, a long-term racing industry heavyweight in his native Australia and on the global scene more broadly, died in Spain in early August. He worked with the Club on a number of bloodstock fronts and formed strong connections with many Hong Kong owners.
“My first thoughts after this horse passed the post tonight were for Nick,” Gibson said. “He loved Happy Valley, he loved this track, and he helped this owner (Yan Ming) to buy this horse. He’s left a big hole in Hong Kong racing culture, he was only here for a short time but he made a big impact and left a major imprint. So tonight, I want to pay my respects to Nick – a big high-five to him.”
While Right Honourable (132lb) has raced consistently without winning in Class 3 throughout his time in Hong Kong, having arrived on a rating of 73, he is now a winner of two from three in Class 4, both times demonstrating a deft turn of foot. Tonight, he swept past his rivals under Purton to record an effortless two and a half length victory.