The Melbourne-Cup winning handler continued excellent late-season form when Beluga, triumphant in the Class 3 Mount Nicholson Handicap (1400m), lifted Hall’s seasonal tally to 35, a haul which includes four wins from his past eight runners.
“He’s by Tavistock and you sort of think they’re going to run 2000 metres, but he’s out of a Written Tycoon mare so he might have too much brilliance to be staying but the new season we might try him again at the right time,” Hall said of the gelding’s suitability to shorter trips.
“Potentially, he’s always looked like he could get to Class 2 and I think under the right circumstances, I think he will.”
Vincent Ho and Lui reprised a familiar winning collaboration with Fox Cheunger, victorious in the Class 5 Shouson Hill Handicap (1400m), became the pair’s 24 combined success of the season – with the majority of the duo’s triumphs coming with champion Golden Sixty.
While Golden Sixty occupies the zenith of Hong Kong racing with 17 wins from 18 starts, Fox Cheunger registered his third win from 35 starts as he revelled in the yielding ground.
“I’m not saying he enjoyed the ground, but he might have enjoyed it more than the other horses,” Lui said. “He’s racing well. I’ll see how he recovers up and decide if what to do next.”
Lui and Moreira sealed doubles when Super Fast broke his maiden status in emphatic style, bolting in by four lengths to claim the Class 4 Sheung Yeung Shan Handicap (dirt, 1650m) after leading virtually all of the way.
“Good jockey, good draw (barrier one) and you could tell that his condition was better today,” Lui said. “It was a good win. We’ll see how he recovers and then see if there’s another race for him.”
Moreira’s late-season spree continued when Frankie Lor’s Superbella overcame covering ground before streaking to victory in the Class 3 Needle Hill Handicap (2000m).
“When he first came to Hong Kong, he had an injury but now he’s okay,” Lor said. “He might run on the last day of the season but I’ll speak with Joao first before I make a decision.”
Lor completed a brace with True Legend, winner of the Class 3 Nam Long Shan Handicap (dirt, 1650m), under Matthew Poon.
Keith Yeung and Jimmy Ting combined with Lucky Victor in sodden conditions to claim the Class 5 Tung Wan Shan Handicap (dirt, 1650m). The Champions Gallery gelding had been unplaced in 13 previous attempts.
Hong Kong racing continues at Sha Tin on Thursday (1 July).