In a remarkable repeat of the 2017 edition, Mr Stunning not only again won the G1 LONGINES Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) but also secured the win at the expense of the same horse in a landmark success for his trainer and jockey.
However the similarities do not extend beyond the deja vu exacta of Mr Stunning and D B Pin as the winner was, last year, trained by John Size but is now in the hands of his one-time disciple Frankie Lor who was able to claim his first Group 1 win.
It was also a first Group 1 win in Hong Kong for jockey Karis Teetan who, 12 months earlier, had watched the race from the grandstand and was overwhelmed with his breakthrough at the top level.
“He had a lovely trip through the race and I’m just so happy. It’s incredible. I’ve never felt like this. It’s the first time I’ve heard the crowd shouting like this. I just knew when I pressed the button he was going to go. He felt different today, felt so good,” he said.