Sharing the limelight with Zac Purton and Karis Teetan four-timers, Cheerful Days has crowned a season of stunning progress to share HK$1 million DBS x Manulife Million Challenge glory with Fa Fa after a stunning triumph in the Class 2 Shan Kwong Handicap (1650m) at Happy Valley on Wednesday (23 February).
Needing to win under Alexis Badel to share the series spoils, Cheerful Days obliged for Francis Lui with his sixth win from his past seven starts – with four of those victories counting towards the DBS x Manulife series tally.
Under the scoring format, 15 points are awarded for a win, six for second, four for third and three for fourth in Class 3 races or above at Happy Valley since 8 September, 2021.
Fa Fa, who totalled 60 points after a perfect four-from-four record at the city circuit, bypassed tonight’s meeting to instead contest the HK$12 million Hong Kong Classic Cup (1800m) at Sha Tin on Sunday (26 February).
The owners of Fa Fa and Cheerful Days pocketed HK$450,000 each – split after combining the HK$650,000 first prize and the HK$250,000 first runners-up bounty – while Meaningful Star and Special M shared HK$100,000 for finishing joint third overall with 48 points.
It is the first time in the series history that there have been both joint winners and joint third place-getters.