JOCKEY OF THE MEETING
WINNER: A TIE/TRIE BETWEEN MARK DU PLESSIS
AND TYE ANGLAND
AND ZAC PURTON
It was a double for Mark Du Plessis which was so near to being a treble until Tye Angland, despite dropping his whip, came down on the outside on El Zonda to just nab first-starter Hong Kong Hong Kong.
It meant a double for Angland and which gave trainer Tony Cruz his 50th winner for the season.
As for Purton, it was another good day at the office with the “Zac Attack” bringing up a treble.
Meanwhile, word is that Du Plessis has been invited by wealthy Indian businessman and passionate race owner Vijay Mallya to ride at a special Invitation Race.
One of the horses he is said to have been booked to ride is Mallya’s Birdie Num Num.
The horse is said to have more than a squawk to take out the big race in Calcutta/
THE “DO I MAKE YOU HORNY, BABY?” AND GROOVY RIDES OF THE DAY
ZAC PURTON ON DENNIS YIPS’ GROOVY AND WINNING LEADER
You were expecting the award to go to Luke Nolen for his “brain freeze” aboard Black Caviar though, to his credit, he copped all the criticism on the chin.
Nah, the award goes to “The Zac Attack” for taking the bull by the horns, the horses by the rein and simply going forward and then skipping away on the Dennis Yip-trained galloper.
His record on Groovy? Four rides for three wins and a third.
As he recently did at Ascot on Little Bridge, surely, Hong Kong’s Horse Of The Year, “The Zac Attack” simply out-rode his rivals into the ground in this race.
However, he saved his best for the last when despite being held up Winning Leader by Douglas Whyte on “It Had To Be You- possibly payback time for something which happened last weekend- “The Zac Attack” shrugged it off and out-gunned Brett “The Bart Man” Prebble on Mighty K.
THE HELLO KITTY AWARD
WINNER: JOCKEY DEREK KC LEUNG
To us, along with Keith Yeung, Derek Leung is the best local jockey in Hong Kong.
His big problem is that he blows hot and cold and seems to need to be in the mood to win.
Well, he’s now in the mood for love and is dating very popular television personality Kit Li.
Perhaps this is why there is a new spring in his step and probably something else ready to spring out whenever the Kit and caboodle is around.
It’s also resulted in him riding a winner at almost every single race meeting.
And when he swept past the very well-backed Brett Prebble ridden and David Hal-trained Surrounded in Race 4, we doubt there was any love lost between the two jockeys.
As Prebble seemed to be looking towards Leung on Connoisseur’s Choice and uttering something, it had no effect on Leung who was bringing up his 100th career win.
Love, after all, is blind.
THE ABFAB AWARD
BE-FABULOUS, TRAINER RICKY YIU AND JOCKEY JACKY TONG
The way this horse streeted the rest of the field, this was a very shrewd betting coup: Book an unfashionable jokey like Jacky Tong and have him just lead on the horse and have the rest play Catch Me If You Can.
Be-Fabulous looks like a very good horse and the welcoming party at the winners enclosures showed that they were there knowing that this was a good thing.
Spoiling things for us was seeing perennial photo hogger and sometime-Actor and one-time leader singer for a local band called The Loosers (sic) Natalis (also sic) give crowds the impression that he owns the horse. To make things even worse, his hair was dyed a strange blue-ish Purple Haze.
THE WEEKLY RASPBERRY AWARD
WINNER/LOSER: BRETT PREBBLE
Hong Kong punters are a fickle lot and one is only as good as their last winner. If not, you’re branded a loser and the local national anthem of “DIIIIIIIUUUUUUU!” goes up.
Today, despite him being in cracking form recently, Brett “The Bart Man” Prebble was on the receiving end of a number of “DIIIIIIIUUUUU’S” as favourite after favourite- all ridden by him- bit the dust- and hard- especially, the :”unbeatable” Dapper Boy which ran more like Dripper Boy.
As for the short odds on Sunny Kay? Nah, despite what the experts thought, we couldn’t have a bar of him.
Back to “The Bart Man”: To his credit, he answered the chorus of “DIIIUUUUUS” by blowing kisses to the hordes.
THE KNOCK ON WOOD AWARD
WINNER: SEAN WOODS
Sorry, but we just cannot follow trainer Sean Woods with any confidence at all.
A lovely man, but his horses just never win when we back them….
And with only 12 winners on the board this season, we’re not sure who does back them if and when they DO win.
Mention his Saddler’s Lodge and we shudder.
Why an astute jockey like Douglas Whyte keeps riding Woody’s nags, beats us.
Perhaps he’s a glutton for punishment as the Wood-Whyte WW combo bit the dust on three races today.
THE SKY’S THE LIMIT
WINNER: AMBER SKY
The Exceed And Excel two-year-old, Amber Sky, just blew his opponents- opponents?- away- to record his third consecutive win.
Trained by Ricky Yiu and ridden by Mark Du Plessis for this first time with regular jockey Andreas Suborics serving a suspension, this horse looks very much like a champion in the making and a horse to do Hong Kong proud.
Guess who also managed to get into the winning photo?
Yep. You got it in one- though he somehow managed to hog FOUR different photo opps.
He really is The Paris Hilton of Hong Kong racing and just a shameless ham.
And what about Mark Du Plessis? He decides to leave Hong Kong for New Zealand and he starts riding winner after winner including a double today.
Could he possibly change his mind and stay put? We hope so.
He’s a lightweight jockey who’s not a “lightweight” unlike one particular expat lightweight jockey just going around the pike and hoping for the best.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“HE WAS FIDDLING WITH HIS BIT AND FROTHING AT THE MOUTH AND HAS GOT HIMSELF INTO A REAL STATE.”
WINNER: JENNY “FROM THE PADDOCK” CHAPMAN
We have no idea who or what she was talking about.
Probably Brett Prebble. Or Natalis Chan who was expecting to be in FIVE winning photos.