Doyle soon matched her fiancée Marquand’s feat, displaying tremendous strength aboard Manfred Man’s Viva Hunter in the second leg, a Class 4 over 1650m. Purton earned six points for second atop Glorious Lover, while Moore picked up four points on Ai One.
Doyle said: “I thought I had been headed home. It (winning) is just as good if not better (than last year). It’s good to have a crowd here, it lifts the atmosphere and I’m blessed to have had the luck I’ve had.
“It’s very special to win against the world’s best jockeys and it’s a huge honour for Tom and I to be asked back here.”
McDonald delivered Caspar Fownes-trained Invincible Missile with impeccable timing to annexe the third leg, a Class 3 over 1650m, leaving Purton to earn six points for second on Amazing One Plus with Moreira pocketing four points on Red Majesty.
Moreira struck first on the undercard with Me Tsui’s Mister Arm in the Class 5 Australia Handicap (1650m). A son of Pierro, Mister Arm backed up a last-start third to score emphatically before Moreira completed a double two races later with Size’s Touch Faith in the Class 5 Japan Handicap (1200m).
Blake Shinn hailed Fearless Fire’s tenacity after the Acclamation gelding landed the Class 4 France Handicap (1650m) for David Hayes, controlling the race from the front. It was Shinn’s fourth victory over the course and distance aboard Fearless Fire.
“He’s been a great horse to me and a great horse to David and the team. He’s a horse you can rely on. I said he’s one of the toughest horses in Hong Kong, he mightn’t be the best, but you can really trust him,” Shinn said.
Fearless Fire scores under Blake Shinn.
David Hall unveiled a promising talent in Flying Ace, who surged from the tail of the field on the turn under Matthew Poon to win the Class 4 New Zealand Handicap (1200m). Unraced, the son of Swiss Ace drew barrier 10 and was wayward in the straight but was still too strong.
Frankie Lor’s Fa Fa extended his lead in the DBS x Manulife Million Challenge and earned a High Achievement Bonus of HK$1 million by winning the Class 2 United Kingdom Handicap (1800m) under Vincent Ho. The son of He’s Remarkable has won his past five starts, including four on end this season.
Hong Kong racing continues at Sha Tin on Sunday (12 December) with the staging of the LONGINES Hong Kong International Races with the running of four G1s – the Hong Kong Sprint (1200m), Hong Kong Mile (1600m), Hong Kong Cup (2000m) and Hong Kong Vase (2400m).