John Size and Brazilian Vagner Borges combined for their 11th success of the season when Leap Of Faith nosed out Maldives in a stirring finish to the Class 3 Conduit Handicap (1650m).
Only Joao Moreira, with 19 wins this term, has been more successful in tandem with Size in 2021/22.
Fresh from G1 success with Stronger in the Centenary Sprint Cup (1200m) last weekend, Douglas Whyte continued his winning ways with Goodmanship, who claimed the Class 5 Po Shan Handicap (1200m) for Jerry Chau.
“He hasn’t been the easiest horse to contend with, we’ve worked out that he probably wants to be ridden a bit quieter,” Whyte said. “And he’s got a turn of foot, which you’ve seen tonight.
“He does give myself and jockeys a false illusion that he wants further and that he’s one-paced and they’ve tried to ride him like that and unfortunately it didn’t suit him.
“I told Jerry to ride him more conservatively tonight and that was the winning move.”
Course and distance specialist V Chevaliers benefited from a decent barrier (gate four) and a patient Matthew Chadwick ride to justify trainer Manfred Man’s patience with victory in the second section of the Class 4 Lyttelton Handicap (1650m).
“The draw made all the difference and Matthew rode a good race,” Man said.
Chadwick completed a double aboard Frankie Lor’s Rewarding Together when the Pierro gelding notched his second win in a row with a powerful close to the Class 3 Breezy Handicap (1200m).
“I’m just being able to get on better horses and stay on them,” said Chadwick, who has 25 wins for the season. “I feel like my confidence is a bit higher and I can produce a bit better.
“I’ve just been knuckling and doing the homework and it seems to be paying off.”
Karis Teetan credited Tony Cruz’s conditioning of More Than Enough after the gelding’s front-running triumph in the first section of the Class 4 Lyttelton Handicap (1650m).
“He just kept finding, Tony and his team have done a great job in getting this horse really fit,” Teetan said after notching his 27th win of the season.
Cruz and Purton sealed doubles when Circuit Booming, a Hong Kong International Sale Graduate, was too strong in the Class 4 Kotewall Handicap (1200m) after stalking runner-up Mega Bonus before Matthew Poon guided Cruz’s Circuit Seven to victory in the Class 4 Hatton Handicap (1000m).
Happy Jai Jai made it two wins on the bounce for Benno Yung and Joao Moreira, streaming to a four and a quarter-length victory in the Class 5 Pok Fu Lam Handicap (1650m).
Hong Kong racing continues at Sha Tin on Sunday (30 January) with the running of the HK$12 million Hong Kong Classic Mile (1600m) and G3 Centenary Vase Handicap (1800m).