Ricky Yiu’s steady, unwavering progress towards what he hopes will be a first trainers’ championship continued at Happy Valley tonight (Wednesday, 29 April) thanks to Shining Gem’s (133lb) darting late burst.
Vincent Ho’s cool head had the top-weight positioned for a sprint finish off the turn in section two of the Class 3 Causeway Bay Handicap (1200m) and Shining Gem did not disappoint. The four-year-old’s length and a quarter supremacy gave Yiu his 53rd win this term and a six-win advantage over his nearest pursuer.
“He’s a very genuine type, he showed as a three-year-old last season that he had potential to win races. We always had quite high expectations for him and now he moves into Class 2, he’s a nice, genuine type,” Yiu said.
“The draw (one) helped today – last time he was drawn wide – and he’s consistent. When Vincent asked him, the acceleration was there.”
Ho, who landed his first Group 1 win on Southern Legend in Sunday’s FWD Champions Mile, moved onto 52 wins in what is already his best ever season by some margin.
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