In tremendous form, Badel combined with John Size-trained Accelerando to clinch the Class 4 Tailorbird Handicap (1600m) before a ground-saving ride atop Danny Shum-trained Rise Brethren proved pivotal as the Lope de Vega gelding denied Running Glory by a short head to land the Class 2 Hwamei Handicap (1800m) and earn a PP Bonus of HK$1 million for Rise Brethren’s owners.
Angus Chung notched his first winner for trainer and master Tony Cruz with a clever ride aboard Circuit Stellar in the Class 3 Shrike Handicap (1600m).
“Mr Cruz has been supporting me a lot. I was a little bit upset with myself not to get a winner before for him – I’ve had three seconds before today – so it was great to get a winner for him today,” Chung said.
Keith Yeung celebrated his first win of the season when Untold Riches surged to victory in the Class 4 Sunbird Handicap (1200m) for Jimmy Ting, who has endured a challenging run with the Swiss Ace gelding.
“This horse’s health gives me headaches,” Ting said of the six-year-old’s extensive veterinary record. “It’s sometimes his left leg, sometimes his right leg, sometimes it’s his lungs.
“When everything is okay with him, he can win – but he still gives me headaches.”
Francis Lui teamed with Zac Purton to win the Class 3 Lark Handicap (1000m) with Hong Kong debutante Superb Boy, a Nicconi gelding who won twice in Australia for Jean Dubois when known as Jerry.
Vincent Ho continued an excellent season, guiding Frankie Lor’s One Voice to victory in the Class 4 Swallow Handicap (1400m) to post his 13th win for 2022/23.
Dennis Yip’s El Jefe prevailed for the first time since February, 2020 with a resounding victory under Antoine Hamelin in the Class 5 Woodpecker Handicap (1400m) while Benno Yung’s King Land upstaged his opposition to snare the Class 3 Magpie Handicap under Jerry Chau.
A Listed Stakes winner in Sydney when known as Midland for Kris Lees before export to Hong Kong, King Land charged late to prevail at 74/1 before Lui sealed a brace as The Irishman surged strongly under Ruan Maia to land the Class 2 Cuckoo Handicap (1400m).
Hong Kong racing continues at Sha Tin on Wednesday night (26 October).