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“We knew he had potential however I did not suppose he would win his begin, and from draw 11.

“I told the owner I thought he should run well, hopefully finish midfield. That would have been acceptable and we plan for the next start. But, luckily, we won.”

Leung sealed a double aboard the Dennis Yip-trained Flying Dragon within the Class 4 Lukfook Jewellery Heirloom Fortune Collection Handicap over 1,200m on filth.

After sitting in midfield, he was additionally in competition with 200m left. In the tip, Flying Dragon beat Trader by three quarters of a size in 1min 8.75sec.

Leung, 33, clinched his three-timer when the seven-year-old Gunnison edged out Magic Supreme by a brief head to win the Lukfook Jewellery Dear Q Handicap over 1,200m on filth.

This time, he sat handier in fourth spot earlier than getting as much as beat Magic Supreme within the nick of time to win in 1min 8.72sec.

The Hong Kong International Sale Graduate (ISG) Romantic Warrior continued a pointy rise for coach Danny Shum.

He earned an ISG Bonus of HK$600,000 (S$105,000) for his proprietor, Peter Lau, by profitable the Class 3 Lukfook Jewellery F-style PT in Style Collection Handicap over 1,200m below Joao Moreira.

Unbeaten in three begins, the three-year-old son of Acclamation raced in midfield earlier than accelerating impressively within the straight to offer Shum his fifteenth win of the marketing campaign.

Shum indicated the teen is likely to be given a shot on the Hong Kong Classic Mile subsequent month.

Moreira lower injured Zac Purton’s lead within the jockeys’ championship to 5 wins (44-49), when he sealed a double aboard Soulmate within the Class 3 Lukfook Jewellery F-style Hey Cool Collection Handicap over 1,600m.

Just three days earlier, the Brazilian mixed with coach John Size to grab a treble.

Trainer Paul O’Sullivan hopes the second-event winner, August Moon, can proceed to develop after the Highly Recommended gelding claimed the Class 5 Lukfook Jewellery Love Is Beauty Collection Handicap over 1,200m below high rookie Jerry Chau.

“He’s been a slow-maturing horse who’s just taken time. He got the best run in the race by 100 yards and, hopefully, he can go on with it now,” stated O’Sullivan.

Trainer Benno Yung harbours comparable hopes for Race 3 winner Incredible, who continued his constant season with a second victory in three begins, this time within the Class 5 Lukfook Jewellery Wedding Collection Handicap over 1,600m below jockey Keith Yeung.

“He’s healthy and racing well. Hopefully, he can win in Class 5 again,” stated Yung, of his eleventh winner of the season.

Trainer Tony Millard’s determination to drop Ezra again from 2,000m yielded speedy dividends, when the gray snared the Class 4 Lukfook Jewellery Love Forever Collection Handicap over 1,600m below former Singapore-based Brazilian jockey Ruan Maia.

“We’ve been working him over 2,000m and we determined to offer him a change.

“But, when the draw came out, I thought it was a disaster. But the race worked exactly as I had planned, so we were quite lucky,” stated Millard.

“He’s a nice horse, he’s earned his way as a relatively inexpensive South African horse. He’s been competitive and stayed sound. He’s done a good job.”

Maia, who posted his sixth winner for the marketing campaign, stated: “I’m very glad. Thanks a lot to Tony.

“The trainers are still giving me support and I’m still working hard.”

HKJC

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