The Richard Gibson-trained Amazing Feeling gained a long-awaited victory under Zac Purton and finally shed his maiden tag at the 16th time of asking in the Class 4 Tin Sau Handicap (1650m).
Richard Gibson-trained Amazing Feeling finally breaks his maiden with a narrow victory under Zac Purton, picture Hong Kong Jockey Club
Amazing Feeling (130lb) had been placed at his first three starts, including a second in the 2015 Griffin Trophy won by People’s Knight. As the other horses that finished in the first four that day made their way into Class 2 territory, though, Amazing Feeling was left languishing at the bottom of Class 3 and the top of Class 4, trying to get that elusive breakthrough.
“It has been frustrating but he’s finally done it and that might do him the world of good,” Gibson said. “But despite it all, he’s been one of the most consistent horses in my stable for the past two seasons. Today, he got the best draw he’s had in eight or nine runs so we always knew we were going to have a better chance.
“It looked as though he was going to win very easily after a brilliant ride from Zac, he got the nice trail, but in the end he had to throw the kitchen sink at him to get him over the line.”
Champion Jockey Joao Moreira returned from a two-meeting suspension with a win on Almond Lee’s Agiaal (129lb), who scored his first victory in three years in the Class 5 Kowloon Bay Handicap (1650m). Moreira’s fellow premiership leader, trainer John Size, also added to his season tally when Arm Runda (120lb) took the Class 3 Hong Kong Rugby Union Cup Handicap (1200m) under Olivier Doleuze.
Racing returns to Sha Tin on Sunday for a 10-race card, with the first scheduled for 1pm.