Delivering a reminder of talent and ambition, Jerry Chau shared riding honours at Sha Tin on Sunday (27 March) with Joao Moreira to keep alive hopes of snaring the Tony Cruz Award as Hong Kong’s leading local jockey with a double.
Returning to the fray after missing Wednesday’s (23 March) Happy Valley meeting, Chau boosted his season’s tally to 24 to remain entrenched in a cluster of Tony Cruz Award contenders, along with Vincent Ho (32), Matthew Chadwick (30), Matthew Poon (24) and Derek Leung (23).
Moreira matched Chau’s haul with a brace to trim Zac Purton’s lead in the jockeys’ championship to three – 95-92 – as Frankie Lor and Ricky Yiu posted doubles.
With five winners from 12 starters this week, Lor has moved to within three wins of 11-time champion John Size in the title race and trails 61-58 after 57 of 88 scheduled meetings.
“It’s good to get winners,” Lor said, following up on his Happy Valley treble on Wednesday (24 March) with the wins of Beauty Live and My Ecstatic. “Always happy with winners.”
Moreira closed the meeting with victory on Lor’s Beauty Live and was clearly impressed with the Shamus Award four-year-old, who now boasts three wins from five starts.
“He is still learning what racing is about. He’s still green and immature – and that’s good sign because it means you’ve got a horse who can still improve and that’s what we’re looking for,” the Brazilian said.