The day’s feature at Shan Tin on Sunday, the Class 3 Lukfook Jewellery Cup Handicap (1600m), was expected to be won by trainer John Size, with his galloper Ping Hai Star sent out 1.5 favourite.
However, it was Size’s former assistant turned chief premiership rival, Frankie Lor, who took the spoils with Australian import New Elegance. The High Chaparral five-year-old appreciated the step up to 1600m to cause a 20/1 upset under Alexis Badel.
New Elegance (purple) sweeps to the lead under Alexis Badel to win the day’s feature, the Class 3 Lukfook Jewellery Cup Handicap.
“Last time, 1200m was just too short, but that was expected. He didn’t like the shadows at Happy Valley under lights though, either,” Lor said. “He was supposed to run over 1400m two weeks ago but he got loose on the track the day before and so we had to scratch him. But I wasn’t worried about going to 1600m with him, that was the trip he needed. We took the blinkers off to make sure he wouldn’t be keen.”
Ping Hai Star faded after contesting the lead to finish eighth.
Elsewhere on the card, Lee prepared a double with Enjoy Life adding to Proud Sky’s earlier win. Dennis Yip-trained Lean Perfection debuted with a strong victory in the Class 4 Lukfook Jewellery Wedding Collection Handicap (1000m), while Ugly Warrior remained unbeaten for handler Me Tsui in the Class 4 Lukfook Jewellery PT Graceful Collection Handicap (1200m).
Racing returns at Happy Valley on Wednesday night (20 December).